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

Pondering your child’s academic future after school closures and remote learning?

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Nov 4, 2020 6:24:24 PM

Wondering what you can do to fill in learning gaps to keep your child on a college prep trajectory? You are not alone. One solution to consider is reclassifying.

We anticipate a greater number of reclassifications to occur across elementary, middle and high schools grades this year. Each year, we have about a handful of students who choose to reclassify as they enroll. We are experienced with guiding students through transitions and setting them on a path for achieving their full learning potential. Many private schools are uniquely positioned and experienced to offer this extra support. Let’s take a look at why reclassifying versus repeating a grade is a good solution—perhaps even a gift—to solidify their academic aspirations or even accelerate them.

Why do some schools call it repeating and other schools call it reclassifying? Let’s first talk about definitions, because words matter.

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Topics: become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

Easter Activities for Little Ones

Songs to sing, books to read and fun activities!

With Easter around the corner, the theme of this month is  Bunnies & Chicks.  We love reading these books and singing these song with our Early Saints and you can enjoy these activities in your own home with your young ones.
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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, Kindergarten, PreK, Recreational Activities, jk, Lower School, joyful learning

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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