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

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

Tips How to Equip Your Child for the Return to School in 2021

Posted by Susan DeLaurentis, Director of Counseling at SSSAS on Aug 30, 2021 3:35:29 PM

Starting a new school year normally brings butterflies, excitement, and nervous anticipation

We hope that you and your children are excited to return to campus next week to begin the 2021-2022 school year. While starting a new school year normally brings butterflies, excitement, and nervous anticipation, we recognize that while still coping with the pandemic this particular year may bring more significant worries and concerns for both parents and students.
 
We wanted to offer a few resources and suggestions as you get ready to send your students back to school. Here are some basic tips and also some links to current articles about how to equip your child for their return to school in 2021:
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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Upper School, Middle School, Lower School

Quick and Simple Steps for Student To-Do Lists

Posted by Kathryn Roessler | Upper School Learning Specialist on Apr 27, 2021 4:52:00 PM

Create Quick and Simple To-Do Lists using the Stickies app that will "stick" in your memory and improve student organization. 

As a Learning Specialist at an independent high school in Alexandria, VA, I have learned that some students have varying working memory capacities. Oftentimes, it can be difficult for those students to hold information “in their mind’s eye” in order to then do something with it. Both attention and anxiety can impact working memory as well.  If your child or a student is having trouble focusing or if they are feeling anxious, it may reduce their working memory capacity. In reality, nearly all middle and high school students are still developing important executive functioning skills, 

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Looking at private schools, Upper School, Academics, Middle School, Academic Center, executive function

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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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