5 Tips to Prepare Your Kindergartener for Success

Posted by Katie Stadler, Kindergarten Teacher & Mandi Sapp on Jan 26, 2022 2:54:42 PM

Teacher tips to set your child up for independence to begin kindergarten

Sending your young child off to kindergarten can be an overwhelming experience. There’s a lot to prepare and some things you may not have even considered. Let us help! Our amazing Kindergarten Teacher Katie Stadler recently held a webinar sharing insider tips on things you can do to set your child up to be independent and happy as they begin their kindergarten journey. Watch her “Kindergarten Hacks 101” here. Short on time? Read them below!

Mrs. Stadler shares her five tips for a proactive approach to preparing for kindergarten, small and often overlooked things you can do now at home that will have a positive impact at school.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, Lower School, joyful learning

Why it makes sense to invest in private school education

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Jan 17, 2022 2:19:00 PM

Why invest in your child and their education?

First, let’s acknowledge that private school education is a choice.  For many, having a car is not a choice. What car you’ll drive and how much you’re willing to spend are choices but to have a car or not is generally not a choice.  Private school is a choice. No matter where you live, there is always a free public school option nearby.

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Topics: Insider, St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, Goodness as Well as Knowledge, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Jan 4, 2022 10:30:00 AM

What do I do about Kindergarten next year?

If your child has a late spring, summer, fall or winter birthday you might have been asked this question. 

“Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?”

It is a controversial topic with no easy answer and it seems everyone has an opinion!

Part of what I love about admissions work, particularly Lower School admissions, is helping parents sort through this very question. Here are some tips.
  1. Determine the age cutoffs at the schools you are interested in your child attending. In Alexandria and many Northern Virginia cities, your child
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Topics: Kindergarten, PreK, choosing a school, junior kindergarten, jk

Co-education is Where Myths, Assumptions and Stereotypes Can Be Broken

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Nov 1, 2021 1:04:00 PM

The Value of Co-education

Boys and girls who only know of each as social creatures are lacking a key component of their education that will prepare them for college and beyond. 

In some ways, it seems odd to be explaining or defending coeducation.  Isn’t that the norm? Isn’t the burden on single-gender high schools to be explaining or defending themselves?  But in some places in the country, including Washington, D.C., there are almost as many single-sex schools as there are coed schools, particularly when you include Catholic high schools.  And many of those schools provide an excellent education. So, if you can get a strong college prep education from both single-gender and coed schools, how do you decide?

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Topics: Insider, School search, Looking at private schools, co-ed, single gender, coed

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Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

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