Why it makes sense to invest in private school education

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Jan 26, 2023 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

5 Tips For Your Private High School Interview

Posted by Jon Kunz on Oct 25, 2022 3:45:00 PM

5 interview tips to prepare you for your private high school interview.  

It’s 7:00 a.m. and your mother just turned on your light.  You pull the covers over your head and then you hear her voice: “Your interview at that private school you want to attend is in an hour.”  Panic and sweaty palms.  You remind yourself to calm down but your brain is swirling with thoughts.  What will the admission officer ask me?  What should I wear?  What if I forget my questions?  

Interviewing for an application process to a private high school as a 14 year old can be a daunting and downright scary endeavor.  Advice about how to approach a school interview are provided from multiple sources including your teacher, placement director, best friend, older brother, dentist, and your parents.  So what makes an admission interview truly great?  Here are 5 tips from a top independent school in Northern Virginia which will help prepare you for your private high school interview.  

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Topics: become ready, Looking at private schools

Letting Your Child Choose Their School - Pluses and Pitfalls

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Feb 23, 2022 10:34:00 AM

Before being accepted to a private school, establish with your child how the choice will be made.

The role of the student in selecting a school is a complicated one because it generally reflects parenting styles, family values, and priorities.  The range goes from the parent making the decision to collaborative decision making between parents and student to the student choosing from among parent-approved options, to the student independently making the decision.  What’s most important among those options is deciding in advance which one to choose.  

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Topics: Insider, St. Stephens and St. Agnes, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, choosing a school

Fun Valentine's Day Activities for Children

Nothing brings hearts and minds together like a good book shared!

The month of February is all about love, inclusion and friendship here at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes. And nothing brings hearts and minds together like a good book shared.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, the theme is Love and Kisses.  I've also included some quick fun activities and a video to accompany a great story written by Scott Campbell, Hug Machine.  You may find these and many more books in Sinclair Library at the Lower School or visit your local library or bookshop. Enjoy!

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Topics: Insider, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, Recreational Activities, jk

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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