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Our admissions experts share their insights on getting into and doing well at private day and boarding schools in the United States.

Balancing Homework and After-School Sports
06 January, 2020
Most afternoons my children come home from school with their backpacks loaded with homework assignments. They both play multiple sports, and it’s always an ongoing struggle to find a way to balance homework and after-school sports before bedtime. More often than not, it’s a losing battle. As a result, the kids are up late into the night, trying to finish those last math equations or study their spelling words. In the morning they wake up tired, only to start the cycle all over again. Many Kids
5 Important Rules For Parents Choosing an After-School Program
17 September, 2019
After-school programs are a great way to keep students engaged and encourage their development outside of the classroom. With the number of programs available today, many parents may find it difficult to seek out the one that best fits their child’s needs. Here are a few factors for parents to keep in mind during their selection process. 1. Find a Low Faculty to Student Ratio A low adult to student ratio is an important characteristic for fostering meaningful relationships between a program’s
Advocating for Your Gifted Child Within the Public School System
25 February, 2019
A parent is her child’s best advocate. Many times, as parents, we find ourselves in a situation where we need to speak up for our child, especially when she is too young to speak up for herself. Parents ofgifted children [https://www.noodle.com/topics/gifted-and-talented-education]are often in the uncomfortable position of advocating for their child when her unique learning needs are not being met at school. When we see that we have to address these educational concerns with our child’s teacher
A Strategy to Help Your Child Better Manage Her Time
19 February, 2019
As your child gets older, you probably notice that her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more homework than younger kids, and the number of practices for athletics, dance, music, hobbies and other activities increases as participants move to higher levels of achievement and skills. The Juggling Act of Taking on Too Much With so many competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of all of the commitmen
SAT Subject Test Series - Literature
13 February, 2019
Series Overview Welcome to the first post in our SAT Subject Test series. In this series, you will learn everything you need to know about these cousins of the regular SAT. The Subject Tests — sometimes referred to as “SAT 2s” — are often required for admission to top-tier universities, but they are much less discussed in education circles and online.  They are hour-long multiple choice standardized tests, administered by the College Board, that test your knowledge of various common academic s
#AdmissionsPros: Robin Aronow’s Tips For NYC Parents
06 September, 2018
Welcome to#AdmissionsPros [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/]! [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/] In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. Educational consultant and clinical social worker Robin Aronow foundedSchool Search NYC [https://schoolsearchny
#AdmissionsPros: Believe In Yourself With Diederik van Renesse
22 August, 2018
Welcome to #AdmissionsPros [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/]! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. Diederik van Renesse is a long-time educator who has been helping New York and Connecticut-based families atSteinbrecher & Partners [http://www.steinbrecherconsulting.co
#AdmissionsPros: Private School Tips With KEY's Ben Batt
21 June, 2018
Welcome to #AdmissionsPros [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/]! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. KEY Education [https://www.keyadmissions.com/] is a Vancouver-based firm of educational and admissions consultants, specializing in early childhood support and private s
Your Life In Tests
08 March, 2018
If you’re currently in school (or the parent of someone who is), you know that standardized tests are a fact of life for academics of all ages. Many students will have taken half-a-dozen or more admissions exams by the time they reach their high school commencements — and that’s not counting Regents Exams, AP’s, and other school, district, or state-wide assessment tests. Here at Noodle Pros [https://www.noodlepros.com/], we pride ourselves on having helped students and families through just ab
Navigating Pre-K With The NIEER
28 February, 2018
Are you, as a parent, prepared to choose a pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program? Take a look at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) report [http://nieer.org/state-preschool-yearbooks/yearbook2016] to see where your state’s program ranks, and read on to see how NIEER’s targeted metrics help parents learn more about Pre-K programs. *** Prepared for Pre-K? No, I am not asking whether your toddler is spelling her own name or whether she is starting to potty-train. What I am ask
Facing Rejection: Tips From A New York City Private School Advisor
18 December, 2017
Rejection in preschool and K-12 admissions may seem like an odd topic for someone who owns a large educational advisory firm. However, understanding rejection in the admissions process, starting with nursery school and going all the way to college, is essential for all parents and older students. Rejection is something that no one, least of all parents on behalf of their own children, likes to think about. We hate hearing “no.” But some top private kindergartens get 1,000 applications for 60 or
Thinking About Transferring Your Child To A Different School? Here’s What To Look For
11 December, 2017
Despite the thought and care put into school selection, it is possible to discover down the line that a child’s school is not meeting his or her educational needs. So how does a parent go about making a change? Parents should start by gauging pertinent factors of a school, to ensure that their child will receive a high quality education and will have the opportunity to grow socially. Parents ought to examine key areas such as the school’s quality of teachers, class sizes, parent-teacher relatio