What Parents Need to Know About the WPPSI Test

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Sep 17, 2019 4:29:13 PM

Why do most independent primary schools require an aptitude test for admission?

As an admission director, I want the children who join our community to thrive in our environment and this assessment can be useful in determining a child's readiness. I hope to get a sense of how your son or daughter solves problems. Your child's development in the areas of verbal reasoning, visual-spatial problem solving, fluid reasoning, memory and visual-motor speed of processing will be measured and compared with the development of same-aged peers. Tests are just one part of the admission process to understanding how we may best teach your child.

What is the difference between the WPPSI-IV and WISC? What is the right test for my child?

  • If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten they will take the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence for Children - Fourth Edition. You will hear it referred to as the WPPSI-IV (whip-see-four).
  • The test for children between ages 6 and 16 is the WISC. This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.
  • The objective of the exams is to understand the student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
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Topics: School search, become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

The Key Elements to the Success of our College Admission Process

Posted by Jon Kunz on Jan 29, 2019 1:13:23 PM

“Life is a journey, not a destination,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson and so, too, is the Upper School at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. Our faculty, program offerings and curricula provide our students with deep knowledge, incredible skills, confidence, breadth of exposure and balance. All of these will serve our students well and are not simply a stepping stone towards college. That said, we share the expectations of our students and their parents that a Saints education will prepare students for continued education at a wide range of top colleges, universities, and service academies that reflect the diversity of our students.

So, how do we approach and do it?  There are two key elements to the success of our seniors in their college admission process: the commitment and dedication of our experts and our college counseling program, which is actually introduced in the Middle School!

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, choosing a school, Upper School, Academics

'Tis the Season for Admission Playdates!

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Nov 30, 2018 3:52:34 PM

I want to start by saying our Saturday School Visit may just be the best day of my year. Something magical happens the day your children visit our school.

As a parent you might be opening the email invitation with apprehension. You could be thinking: will they separate without crying, will they participate, will they listen?!!!

This is what we are thinking on the other end:

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Topics: School search, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

Tips on questions to ask when searching for a school

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 28, 2018 2:51:00 PM

We are so fortunate to have many wonderful primary public, independent and parochial school options in the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. / Maryland area. This blessing does not come without challenges. You are left to wonder...

What is the right match for my child?
What would it be like for my child to attend an independent school? 
When is the right time to apply?
Should we wait until Middle School or Upper School? 

Here are some tips on questions to ask when searching for a school?  

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Topics: School search, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, junior kindergarten

Become Ready!

Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

Through this blog we intend to share the ways in which our students become ready. We will highlight our faculty, experts in their fields; we will dive into topics such as the joyfulness of learning, the balance of school and home, college readiness, and service. We hope to offer sound advice and guidance, while also sharing what it really means to be a member of our Saints community.

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