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Thu., December 18, 2014  - AR (Subiaco) School News
Subiaco Academy
http://www.subiacoacademy.us/shadow-days - The Shadow Days for Spring 2015 are February 6, March 13 and April 10.
Private individual Shadow Days are available upon request.
479-934-1034 or email ebauer@subi.org

Thu., December 18, 2014  - AR (Subiaco) School News
Subiaco Academy
https://www.facebook.com/SubiacoAcademy - The Facebook page for Subiaco Academy.

Thu., December 18, 2014  - AR (Subiaco) School News
Subiaco Academy
http://issuu.com/subiacoacademy/docs/dec_15_2014_trojan_rule?e=2812848/10576068 -

The Trojan Rule


Mon., December 15, 2014  - MS (Bay St. Louis) School News
St. Stanislaus College-Preparatory
http://www.sunherald.com/2014/12/11/5963975_17-st-stanislaus-players-among.html?rh=1 - 17 Rock-A-Chaw football players were named to the All Region 8-4A Team!

Mon., December 15, 2014  - MS (Bay St. Louis) School News
St. Stanislaus College-Preparatory
http://ststan.com/student-life/rock-workshop/ - This year, the guidance department has rolled out a new initiative to openly discuss topics with our boys that we hoped they would pick up intrinsically. Each Wednesday, for 25 minutes between 1st and 2nd periods, teachers cover a range of topics including: Character FormationLife and Social SkillsAcademic SkillsHistory of St. Stanislaus and The Brothers of the Sacred Heart The options of the group conversations are limitless and spread into a wide range of subtopics. 

The goals being to: help teachers develop relationships with students in and environment that is devoid of grades and therefore purely focused on education; allow teachers to offer personal attention to students, which has the potential of leading to improved discipline and class cohesion; and add value beyond the classroom as students broaden their horizons into more practical life lessons

Fri., December 12, 2014  - NC (Asheville) School News
Asheville School
http://www.ashevilleschool.org/news/detail.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=3231&ModuleID=101&NEWSPID=1 - Thanks to a matching grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation, Varghese Alexander was able to purchase 18 new Google Chromebooks and some accessories for his Algebra II students to use in the classroom.

Tue., December 09, 2014  - NY (Buffalo) School News
Buffalo Seminary
http://www.buffaloseminary.org/page.cfm?p=736&newsid=334 - Yuha Tomita '16, a Japanese residential student at SEM, danced the Halloween classic, Baba Yaga, at Shea's Performing Arts Center this October. Yuha is a member of the Neglia Ballet Artists dance company and next she performs with them at Shea's in The Nutcracker, over Thanksgiving Weekend. It's Yuha's third year dancing with Neglia, and her third year at SEM, which she entered as a freshman. 

Tue., December 09, 2014  - NY (Buffalo) School News
Buffalo Seminary
http://www.buffaloseminary.org/page.cfm?p=736&newsid=329 - Five alumnae and current student recent awards - from National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist to a Wharton School of Advertising award, a Cum Laude Society essay award, to a recent "Woman of Influence."

Tue., December 09, 2014  - NY (Buffalo) School News
Buffalo Seminary
http://www.buffaloseminary.org/page.cfm?p=736&newsid=335 - Throughout the year SEM students volunteer at a variety of nonprofits from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper to the ENERGY after school program, to St. Luke's Mission of Mercy - but each December the SEM community organizes to donate specifically for the holidays. From time, energy and spirit, to lifting our voices to sing, to finding and donating winter clothes, food, and gifts - our students, faculty, parents and alumnae rally.

Mon., December 08, 2014  - OH (Hudson) School News
Western Reserve Academy
http://www.wra.net/page.cfm?p=360&newsid=2591 - Recently featured on Crain's Cleveland Business, Robert Aguilar, science faculty member, was recognized for excellence in teaching.

Mon., December 08, 2014  - OH (Hudson) School News
Western Reserve Academy
http://www.wra.net/page.cfm?p=360&newsid=2593 - A successful fall season is commemorated with top athletes recognized, and three Gold Medals awarded.

Mon., December 08, 2014  - OH (Hudson) School News
Western Reserve Academy
http://www.wra.net/page.cfm?p=360&newsid=2604 - Since this annual event began, the WRA community has donated more than 4,000 toys.

Fri., December 05, 2014  - PA (Exton) School News
Church Farm School
https://k12.niche.com/rankings/private-high-schools/best-overall/m/philadelphia-metro-area/ - Niche ranks Church Farm School #8 in its recent list of best private high schools near Philadelphia.

Fri., December 05, 2014  - PA (Exton) School News
Church Farm School
http://www.thebestschools.org/features/30-best-christian-boarding-schools-america/ - Church Farm School was recently named among the top Christian Boarding Schools in America by The Best Schools.

Fri., December 05, 2014  - PA (Exton) School News
Church Farm School
http://www.pageturnpro.com/The-Womens-Journal/58456-The-Womens-Journal-Northern-Edition-Holiday-2014/index.html - The November/December 2014 issue of the Chester County Womens Journal highlights the critical role women have played at an all-male boarding school over the past nearly 100 years.

Thu., December 04, 2014  - Canada (Wellandport, Ontario) School News
Robert Land Academy
Four Myths About Attending A Military School - There seems to be a misconception and even a slight stigma surrounding military schools. While television shows and movies may have perpetuated the idea that military academies are tough environments for unruly and troubled youth – this in fact is not reality. So here are a few common myths surrounding military schools:

1. It’s a military heavy curriculum.
While students may have some military education, the military theme is more about adopting a structured and discipline learning environment. In fact, most military academies emphasize the importance on academics with mandatory supervised study periods. As with other private schools, military academies offer a plethora of resources to enhance the opportunity for academic success. This includes remedial assistance, smaller class sizes, extra-curricular activities and greater teacher-student time.

2. Graduates of a military academy will always go into the military.
While some military academy graduates will go on to enter a military college and/or services, most do not. Because military schools provide education on a wide range of subjects, students are prepared for entry into both military and non-military post-secondary universities and colleges, or other careers.

3. Attending a military school is for children who are troubled and/or have learning or behaviour disabilities.
It’s true that a military academy or private boarding type schools can offer an almost ideal environment for youth with disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Development Coordination Disorder (DCD), and other learning disabilities (LD). Those who display symptoms or characteristics of these disorders and disabilities benefit from the structured routine, academic resources and balanced diet and fitness plans in place in most private military schools. However, these factors are also beneficial for those who do not display symptoms of the aforementioned disorders. The regulations and structures in place in military schools are versatile in that most, if not all, graduates will emerge with newfound skills, knowledge, strength and core values – regardless of behaviour and learning disabilities.

4. Graduates will emerge as tough and anti-social individuals.
Redefining and strengthening social skills is an important aspect of the military school experience and environment. Students are provided regulations and roles which help improve self-care, self-integrity and self-esteem. Military academies are also founded upon core values such as honour and respect, which are passed on to the students through the numerous courses and activities. Military school students also often participate in more extra-curricular activities, giving the opportunity to play and work as part of a team.

If you’re a parent considering a military school for your child, it’s important to put these inaccurate preconceptions aside. A military school offers many benefits that will help your child to become a very capable and competent adult. Call or visit a military school to find out for yourself.

For further information call or visit Robert Land Academy

Wed., November 12, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
http://www.midland-school.org/news/detail/?id=173 - The Geology class took their annual trip to Mono Lake early in October. Laurie Munger's large class, this year accompanied by Don Redl, explored a dramatic cross-section of California.  From Midland, the group drove across the southern end of the Central Valley and crossed the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains at Tehachapi, then drove north via the Owens Valley through Bishop and the Long Valley Caldera (Mammoth Lakes area) to Mono Lake. The annual trip is a hands-on exploration of the various igneous rocks in our region. In addition to Mono Lake, the group visited Panum Crater (an obsidian/pumice plug some), Devils Postpile (a columnar jointed basalt flow that was later scraped level by a glacier), Convict Lake (for spectacular views of a cirque, tarn, and lateral moraines), Fossil Falls (a Swiss cheese-looking basalt flow carved by an ancestral Owens River during waning glacial times), Red Rock State Park, and made a lunch stop at 10,000' in Horse Shoe Meadows to observe the grandiosity of the Sierra.   Here, Don, Crawford, and Cameron went for a run here while the rest of us "rested." Midland gratefully thanks Phil Johnson (Ashley's father) for letting us stay at his place in Mammoth Lakes!!

Wed., November 12, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
http://www.midland-school.org/news/detail/?id=175 - Midland recently acquired a solar powered professional-grade weather station which, after installation on Thursday October 30 (the day before our first rain of the season) by Jeff Goddard and Junior Graham Mills, is now automatically recording data from the top of Serpentine Mountain and transmitting it to the web.The station will be used to collect data for classes and ecological research on Midland’s population of the rare Santa Barbara Jewelflower.
It was funded by the National Science Foundation, through a multi-year research grant to Dr. Alan Pepper (Texas A&M Univ.), who is heading up the Jewelflower study.

Wed., November 12, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
http://www.nais.org/Magazines-Newsletters/ISMagazine/Pages/Putting-the-I-in-Science.aspx - We are pleased to share  Putting the 'I' in Science in the Fall 2014 issue of Independent School written by Lise Goddard, Midland's Associate Director of Studies. 
Lise and Director of Studies, Laurie Munger, will present this work at the NAIS Conference in Boston in February as the Featured Presentation at the conference. 

Thu., November 06, 2014  - Canada (Victoria) School News
St. Michaels University School
Take a (Virtual) Tour Around Campus - Visit St Michaels University School without leaving home - our new virtual campus tour is *almost* as good as actually being here! Copy the link into your browser to see for yourself: http://goo.gl/Yw2eHd

Thu., November 06, 2014  - Canada (Victoria) School News
St. Michaels University School
Wanted: One Amazing High School Student for a $50,000 Scholarship - One grade 8-12 student will have their BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER and win full tuition (worth $50,000) to live and study on campus for 2015-16. To find out more visit the website: http://www.bestschoolyearever.ca

Wed., November 05, 2014  - ME (Kents Hill) School News
Kents Hill School
The story of four co-captains from different parts of the world as well as a young woman competing on Kents Hill School's football turf field are the focus of a story by Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated's MMBQ published today. Deft portraits of Sebastian Falick Stigsby '15 of Denmark, Han Zhang '15 of China, Raphael Dagenais-Major '15 of Canada, Walter Washington '15 of New York, Lily McCutcheon '18 of New Hampshire and Coach Steve Shukie--as well Kents Hill School itself can be found here.

"The article captures the essence of Kents Hill School," said Head of School Patrick C. McInerney. "I'm so proud of our students, Coach Shukie and the values that they shared in this story."Bedard was on campus for three days, videographer Luke Korver and photographers Damian Strohmeyer and Sarah Crosby spent two days here.

According to Bedrad, "Kents Hill School looks like Hollywood’s version of a prep school. The boys and girls dorms are on opposite ends of sloping hills, and athletic fields—including the largest artificial turf expanse in New England—stretch as far as the eye can see. The Alfond Athletics Center houses a hockey rink, a basketball arena, two tennis courts and nine locker rooms. There’s also a skiing area, complete with a lodge. Nearly the entire faculty lives in apartments attached to the dorms, and it’s rare for spouses to be employed off campus. Everyone eats in the dining hall, especially on Thursday nights during family-style dinners. Kents Hill School isn’t a utopian experience—it is its own utopia."The video that accompanies the story can be found here.


Wed., October 22, 2014  - NY (city test good-ijiji) School News
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Thu., October 16, 2014  - NC (Asheville) School News
Asheville School
http://www.ashevilleschool.org/news/detail.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=3209&ModuleID=101&NEWSPID=1 - Asheville School celebrated its tradition of Girls’ Sports Day on October 11 with impressive victories and entertaining fan support.

Fri., October 10, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
6th Annual Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony - Army and Navy Academy and the Rotary Club of Carlsbad are joining forces to celebrate Veterans Day November 11 in a late-morning ceremony and military review on the Academy’s Maffucci Field.The 11 a.m. community event is sponsored jointly by the Academy and local Rotary Club and is open to the public free of charge. Now in its sixth year, it has become one of the top events honoring the armed forces in all of San Diego County and is Carlsbad’s only official Veterans Day observance.

Fri., October 10, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Ladera Ranch youth aims for the stars in planning for his future - Chris Salisbury of Ladera Ranch has high aspirations. He wants to be an astronaut or an environmental laywer.“I love space because it’s so unknown, and I like to do things not many people have,” the 18-year-old said. “I also love to protect the existence of the planet.”At the moment, he is battalion commander at his private high school – the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad – in charge of 300 cadets. 

Fri., October 10, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Barona Tribe Selects Army and Navy Academy to Receive Next Education Grant - The Barona Band of Mission Indians awarded another $5,000 education grant to the Army and Navy Academy, a college-prep boarding school for boys in grades 7 through 12. The grant application for the Carlsbad academy was sponsored by Assemblyman Rocky Chavez.

Tue., October 07, 2014  - IA (Fairfield) School News
Maharishi School
http://www.maharishischooliowa.org/about-us/school-news/the-world-is-my-family - Great article about Daniela Robles Hillman, boarding student from Mexico, and her experience of life at Maharishi School.

Tue., September 30, 2014  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
SBS Team Takes First Place in Protein Modeling Competition - A team of five SBS students, composed of current and former AP biology students, won first place in a Protein Modeling Competition hosted by Stony Brook University (SBU) on February 28. This year’s challenge was to research and create a model of a specific human protein—the Ras protein—which causes cancer if mutated.  Congratulations!

Tue., September 30, 2014  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
S.T.E.M. Program Launched - Preparing students to thrive in the world they will inherit lies in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) program launched this fall.  Heading up the first phase of the program, includes teaching the first course titled Engineering Innovation and Design, is S.T.E.M Director Stan Winston.  Now in his tenth year at SBS, Stan is structuring a program that has components in robotics, computer science, and 3-D modeling.  "Our emphasis will be on using the engineering process coupled with innovative thinking to solve a variety of problems in a collaborative environment," says Stan.  "I want our students to have the freedom to aim high and succeed, or to fail spectacularly, learn from their mistakes, then try again without worrying about a grade.  In the education process, both are equally valuable."  

Tue., September 30, 2014  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Senior Conducts Research at Stony Brook University - Jason '15 participated in summer research at Stony Brook University's Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics.  Under the guidance of Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Parodi and Dr. Shinsuke Ide, Jason's project centered around how people evaluate certain behavioral dispositions in others, such as sociability and intelligence.  "My time in the lab challenged me as a mathematician, but it also helped me learn and grow," says Jason.  "The best part of the program was that I was able to work with incredibly smart and motivated students from all over the country.  I am also thankful for supportive mentors with extensive experiences and insights."Stony Brook University's Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics is an interdisciplinary laboratory that fosters independence and innovation, with a strong commitment toward mentoring future principal investigators.  Data collection occurs at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), as well as the Martinos Center for Biomedical Research (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA) and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA).  

Tue., September 30, 2014  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Sophomore Competes in Televised Poetry Competition - Lin '17 competed in a nationally televised poetry contest in China on July 11.  Out of 18 finalists, Lin was the youngest.  She was responsible for memorizing approximately 1,000 poems.  "For me, it's a stage to express my love of poetry with so many others who have the same interest," says Lin.  "I had my sixteenth birthday during the competition, and in China, 16 is a significant milestone for a girl.  I am so glad to remember it with something I love: poetry." To test her knowledge, the judges gave a prompt of the first line of the poem with the remainder recited by Lin.  In addition, questions were asked about the poet's name and background, the inspiration of the poem, the relationship of the poem to other poems, and any other relevant information.  

Sun., September 21, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Is there any better way to spend a Saturday morning than in a warm, spider, infested cave that is home to hundreds of bats? Well, actually no! Not when you are an adventurous Prem boarder!Saturday the 13th of September saw a boarding trip depart to the Chiang Dao caves, approximately 70km North of Chiang Mai. The cave entrance, surrounded by luscious rain forests and imposing mountains, was just a start to the treat inside.Before entering all students were divided into groups and led by expert locals using a bright handheld gas lantern as their only light-source. The guides led the budding adventurers past huge limestone and crystal formations. Everyone crawled through narrow openings, weaved past potholes and walked along slippery rock stairways all whilst trying to avoid giant spiders and hopping insects! Students stopped along the way to marvel at the naturally beautiful rock formations and pay respect to the Buddhist shrines inside these ancient caves.Once back in the light students relaxed in the fresh air with a packed lunch.  Everyone explored the surrounding Buddhist temples and fed the giant catfish before hopping back into the vans to return home.This trip, enjoyed by all, was a wonderful insight into yet more of the natural beauty and culture of Thailand and lives on as another memorable trip for Prem boarding students!

Thu., September 18, 2014  - CA (Campbell) School News
Valley International Academy
* Teacher to student ratio of 1:5 * Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) * SAT preparation * Advanced Placement courses (AP) * Free after school homework club * Individualized college counseling * Tuition installment payment options * Full tuition scholarships available

Wed., September 17, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
An enchanted Chinese night at Prem“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart,” says a romantic Chinese poem. As the round shape symbolizes unity in the Chinese culture, the full moon stirs these ancient sentiments, which are embodied in the way the Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated since the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month is a harvest holiday devoted to giving thanks, reunions and praying for another good year. The celebration is filled with people giving and receiving moon cakes - an eastern version of fruitcakes.I wasn’t Chinese enough this week. I almost forgot Monday was the Mid-Autumn Festival – the Chinese and Vietnamese Thanksgiving, which is also celebrated in Korea (Chuseok) and Japan (Tsukimi), as we at Prem had already started celebrating the festival on Saturday. A busy day and a joyful day indeed, with a diversity of colourful events blooming around our campus – baking moon cakes at the Cooking Academy, making blow paintings and moon lanterns in the Senior School Undercroft, while experiencing the gorgeous Chinese ethnic costumes being paraded in the auditorium. Long queues lined up for the Chinese snacks provided by various Chinese restaurants and families: who could resist the yummy taste of dumplings, fried potatoes and barbecues? When seeing the smiles on all the face of students, teachers, family members and guests, you can truly understand the meaning of the Moon Festival. It is a festival that broadcasts the happiness of our three-generation community, a festival that bridges the cultural gaps between the East and the West and a festival that encourages everyone to participate in and play their own roles.As dusk approached, a marvellous Moon Festival Chinese Culture Show, in association with the Confucius Institution of Chiang Mai University, was presented, beginning with a vivid Water Dragon Dance by the junior boarding students, circling the audience and parading up and down the stage, bringing a festive atmosphere to the gala. After that, the senior Prem boarders and staff dressed in elegant Chinese costumes like Emperors and princesses, and processed to the sounds of gracious music. There were other equally sensational shows coming one after another — the ancient Royal Palace Dance and Song of Han Dynasty, the Ritual of Moon Worshipping, demonstrations of blow-paintings and lanterns made by students, a Poem Recitation Contest for the moon, the heart-throbbing sound of Chinese ancient harp (Gu Zhen) … Everyone was enchanted by the beauty of the night and the joys of the music and dances, a feast of cultural diversity.Chao Xiao Liang, the Consulate General of Chinese Consul in Chiang Mai, was present at the gala, expressing his excitement and gratitude for Prem’s full support and welcome to make the Moon Festival Celebration a big success. Prem’s Head of School Alun Cooper, President and Head of Community, Lynda Rolph, and Director of Boarding, Linda Buck, also joined our show with their remarkable help and focus. This marks the thriving growth of friendship between three-generation community of Prem and all the other Chinese communities in Chiang Mai. It is also a good start for more blooming culture activities and may our good wishes come true with the blessings of the Moon Festival.

Wed., September 17, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
http://www.ptis.ac.th/news/2014-09-global-citizenship-bringing-the-world-into-the-classroom - Global Citizenship: Bringing the World into the ClassroomThe Grade 10 and Grade 5 Classes had a special opportunity on 10 September to speak with prominent refugee lawyer and activist, Hoi Trinh."Having Mr Hoi Trinh talk to my Gr 10 Individuals & Societies class gave the students an opportunity to connect the concept of human rights with the realities of today's world.  He was an eloquent speaker and a great example of a global citizen: something we desire all of our students to become.  His international-mindedness was also clear and I know the students enjoyed having him answer their individual questions."– Donal O’ConnellSenior School Geography TeacherStudents prepared questions about refugees and human rights that Hoi addressed in class with a lively discussion. He was impressed by the students’ knowledge, inquisitiveness and ability to relate global issues to their own lives. During and after the classes, students were brimming with inspiration to be change agents with meaningful professional lives. Some asked each other about their own origins and histories. Hoi also gave a video interview to Grade 12 students for a student-led video production.

Sun., September 14, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Prem Junior School golfers qualify for Thai national tournament - Kevin and Aksel, two up-and-coming junior golfers from Prem, competed in the Thai Golfers’ Association (TGA) Upper North Ranking tournament at the Mae Moh Golf Club on 23-24 August 2014.Both players qualified under hot and difficult course conditions for the Singha Thailand Junior World Golf Championship 2014 at Narai Hill to take place on 14-16 October 2014.These TGA ranking tournaments host the best of Thailand junior golfers in category D (9-10 years) and C (11-12 years). Only four of the top players qualify for this national competition from Upper North Thailand.

Sun., September 14, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
A busy week of sport at Prem - This week, Prem's volleyball teams played several games against other CMAC (Chiang Mai Athletic Conference) schools. On Thursday, Prem hosted games against the American Pacific International School (APIS). The U14s played in a mixed team for the first time this season, losing two sets to zero. The U16 boys however, kept their unbeaten streak alive by dominating their game against APIS, winning in straight sets (25-11, 25-11).On Monday, the U14 girls and boys and the U16 and U20 boys teams travelled to Grace International School (GIS) for games. The U14 girls' team won their third game of the season, beating GIS two sets to zero. The U14 boys showed much improvement from their first round of games, only losing one set to two. The U20 boys' team battled hard but fell short in straight sets to a very strong Grace team. Meanwhile, the U16 boys' team continued to impress, winning two sets to zero (25-19, 25-19). At Prem, the U16 girls' team displayed fantastic spirit. The team lost a very close first set, but recovered in impressive fashion to take the second set, 25-23. Unfortunately, in the hot gym, the girls could not repeat their impressive second set performance and eventually lost the match 1-2. The U20 girls continue to improve, but came up short against Grace, losing in straight sets.This upcoming Tuesday, 16 September, Prem is hosting the first Senior Swim Meet of the season. This meet will be a sprint meet with the following events taking place: 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and the 50m medley relay. We hope to see many of you at the meet (starting at around 4.00 pm). If you would like to help out at the meet, please get in touch (prebeng@ptis.ac.th). Thank you!Lastly, we are excited to announce the Athletic Department's new Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/PTISathletics). Please follow us for the latest news, updates, scores and photos! 

Mon., September 08, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Recognized as a "Top School" by Virginia Living - For the second consecutive year, Randolph-Macon Academy has been named one of Virginia’s Top Schools by Virginia Living. The announcement came in Virginia Living “State of Education 2014,” which hit stands on September 5, 2014. The special bound-in supplement to Virginia Living’s October 2014 issue recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in one of five categories, as selected by Virginia Living’s editors. Randolph-Macon Academy has been recognized in the category of Science, Math & Technology for its unique flight program. For more information, go to
http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-September-08-Top-School-VA-Living

Wed., September 03, 2014  - HI (Kamuela) School News
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy
SELECT SPACE IN BOARDING STILL AVAILABLE - CONTACT HPA ADMISSIONS OFFICE TO LEARN ABOUT ADMISSION SPACE IN GRADES 9-12 FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR MID-YEAR ENTRY(IN JANUARY) http://www.hpa.edu/apply

Sun., August 31, 2014  - Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary) School News
Carlsbad International School
Carlsbad International School Officially Open! - Carlsbad International School's Founding Head of School, Mr. Tim Sloman, formally announced the new school's opening on August 27th, 2014, before an eager audience of students, parents, faculty and administrators. "We are honored to count twenty-two fantastic students from fourteen different countries in our Founding Class, including students with highly distinguished credentials in academics, athletics and the arts. Furthermore, with 11 Faculty Members, 5 Administrators, and 15 support staff, our student to staff ratio is one of the best in the world. These students and their families will forever be remembered as an important part of our history, just as we know this world-class education will be in theirs."

Wed., August 20, 2014  - VA (Troy) School News
Oakland School
The 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States - http://www.masters-in-special-education.com/50-best-private-special-needs-schools/

Tue., August 19, 2014  - MS (French Camp) School News
French Camp Academy
$500,000 Gift to Restore Residence Home -

The foundation for Taylor Home was poured in 1969.  Sixteen young men found a warm, welcoming and loving home, thanks to W.A. Taylor and Taylor Industries of Louisville, MS.

For 43 years, Taylor Home functioned well with minor repairs and upgrades.  In 2013 a major remodel took place.  This newly refurbished and expanded facility welcomed the Martins and the "Taylor Guys" back home back in December, 2014.

Discussions initiated by the Taylor Foundation with FCA led to the $500,000 renovation.  The young men that live there know they are blessed.  Sam Howard, who has lived in Taylor since 2008, said, "I am thankful for the Taylor's continued interest in FCA's students.  It's a real privilege to spend my senior year in such an awesome home.

Sam, like many who have lived in Taylor, call it home.  Hundreds of young men have laughed and cried in the rooms of Taylor since 1970.  Many more will come through those doors to build a firm foundation for the future.

W.A. (Alec) Taylor, born in 1901 in French Camp, later moved to Louisville and established Taylor Machine Works.  He served French Camp Academy as Chairman of the Board in the 1950's and 60s.  Taylor Home was named in his honor.

His son, W.A. "Big Red", spoke fondly of his families' French Camp roots.  Abuot FCA he said, "To this day our family believes strongly in French Camp Academy and we help them in any way we can with contributions and prayers."


Tue., August 19, 2014  - MS (French Camp) School News
French Camp Academy
$1,000,000 to Renovate Auditorium -

The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation out of Jackson, MS gave a generous gift recently to help French Camp Academy renovate and expand its existing auditorium.  FCA is in the final stages of tweaking its design plans.  Students and faculty will be looking forward to utilizing King Auditorium again in the Fall of 2015.


Fri., August 08, 2014  - GA (Gainesville) School News
Riverside Military Academy
Kim is a National Merit Scholar -

RMA Class of 2014 graduate DoYeun Kim has been designated as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Around 1.5 million juniors from over 22,00o high schools entered the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Kim was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists chosen in the 2014 program. He competed with other semifinalists for an estimated 8,000 National Merit Scholarships totaling $35 million. Students had to fulfill several requirements, including submission of an essay and presenting a record of very high academic performance, in order to achieve the finalist level of competition and become eligible to earn the Merit Scholar title.

In February 2014, Kim received notification of his advancement to the finalist level of competition, and he was notified about his scholarship offer in early June.

Kim was placed as third chair oboe in the 11th-12th grade All State Orchestra earlier this year, and he became the first Riverside band member to ever qualify for the All State Orchestra the previous year. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the RMA Horton Society, the Junior Engineering Technical Society-Technology Student Association (JETS-TSA), and the Science National Honor Society. Kim was also a nominee for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music (Oboe).


Wed., August 06, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Don Williams Moves to Director of Services - Donald R. Williams, the former Upper School Assistant Dean at Randolph-Macon Academy, has become the Director of Services at R-MA. He is taking over from CMSgt Norman Brander, USAF Retired, who will retire next week.
http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-August-05-Don-Williams

Thu., July 31, 2014  - MS (French Camp) School News
French Camp Academy
New 28,000 Riding Arena and Stables -

French Camp Academy is grateful for the newly completed Riding Arena and Stables that officially opened on April 5, 2014.  The 28,000 square foot facility will board 28 horses and provide indoor riding space for students interested in learning more about western style riding.  This impressive facility is coupled with over 200 acres of wooded trails adjacent to French Camp's 30 acre lake.  Added to preexisting trail rides with chuck wagon style adventures, this massive new facility will provide plenty of recreational activities for boarding students.


Tue., July 08, 2014  - MO (Mexico) School News
Missouri Military Academy
Kevin Farley hired as new Director of College Placement and Counseling, Head Soccer Coach - Missouri Military Academy is pleased to announce that MAJ Kevin Farley has been named the Director of College Placement and Counseling.

MAJ Farley, who has nearly fifteen years’ experience as a college soccer coach, will also take the helm of the Fighting Colonels soccer team in the fall.MAJ Farley comes to Missouri Military Academy from Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Mo., where he previously served as the Director of Public Relations and Head Soccer Coach. He began work on July 1.

“MAJ Farley brings many years of experience working in the field of higher education, building relationships with other schools and working with students to help them reach their goals,” says Dr. Frank Giuseffi, MMA Dean of Academics. “I feel confident that he will bring a great deal of professionalism and energy to this very important position.”

As head soccer coach at Wentworth, MAJ Farley successfully developed the first-ever college soccer team at the school, guiding several players to soccer scholarships and NCAA athletic programs.

He developed relationships with colleges and universities across the country. He also led the 2012 team to earn the highest GPA (3.31) in the nation for a 2-year soccer team.

From 1992 to 1997, MAJ Farley served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician, earning the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Si Tanka University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Mon., June 23, 2014  - VA (Chatham) School News
Hargrave Military Academy
Dr. Steve Griffin joins Hargrave - Hargrave Military Academy welcomes the Dr. Steve Griffin, a 2013/2014 Albert Einstein Fellow and the Academy’s Science Department Chairman for the 2014/2015 Academic year.

Dr. Griffin has spent the last year working with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC after having been selected as an Albert Einstein Fellow - Distinguished Educator Fellowship program. The program is supported by the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education. He was one of only 27 individuals selected nationwide for this honor.

Dr. Griffin’s teaching philosophy centers on rigor and relevance.

To read more, please go to Dr. Steve Griffin joins Hargrave.

Fri., June 06, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Army-Navy Cadets Bond Like Brothers - Army and Navy Academy Cadets are like brothers - whether in the classroom, on the field, or during downtime. This Union-Tribune feature discusses the unique bond that boarding school students have with each other.

Fri., June 06, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Carlsbad Cadets Travel To Normandy For 70th Anniversary - Army and Navy Cadets have been selected to represent the state of California during the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration parade in Normandy, France. Read more about the experience in this KPBS feature.

Thu., May 01, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Executive Functions Expert McCloskey Presents Findings - Educational evaluators attended a seminar hosted by Forman School that featured Executive Functions expert George McCloskey, Ph.D. McCloskey shared the latest research on assessments for students with issues in the area of Executive Functions (EF) at an invitation-only seminar held last week at the Cornell Club in Manhattan. Often referred to as the CEO of the brain, the term Executive Functions still awaits a formal definition. It generally applies to brain processing skills used to cue, direct and control perceptions, working memory, thoughts, actions, and to some degree, emotions. "EF issues are not directly related to Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD), but they often occur together." McCloskey explained, "All kids with ADHD have EF issues, but not all kids with EF issues have ADHD." Forman School offers Executive Function coaching for students through its Institute for Cognition and Learning. Associate Head of School and Center Director Helen Waldron was on hand to discuss how Forman addresses EF issues through its programs. She was joined by Kelli Miller, Ph.D. who is on staff in the Institute for Cognition and Learning to do psycho-educational testing of Forman students in preparation for the transition to college. The current model posits 33 executive functions organized into seven basic groups: Attention, Engagement, Optimization, Efficiency, Memory, Inquiry, and Solution. Students with ADHD mainly struggle in areas related to focus, sustaining attention, and controlling impulses. "Of course this varies from one person to the next," said McCloskey. "This raises a challenge to traditional diagnostic tools that are based on quantitative measurement." McCloskey presented a multidimensional EF assessment matrix with behavior rating scales that includes a greater emphasis on observation over task completion. He noted that these assessments are designed for the purpose of enabling students to qualify for support services in school. Some activities that McCloskey has observed that improve actually improve Executive Function include meditation, playing music, aerobic exercise, and face-to-face dialogue, particularly one involving different opinions. "Believe it or not, another activity is simply yawning," he said. "Anything that refreshes the blood circulation in the brain will help with EF skills." For more information, visit: www.georgemccloskeyphd.com

Thu., May 01, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Thirteen Inducted into National Honor Society - Thirteen students were inducted into the National Honor Society at Forman School this morning. The selections were based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The NHS was formed in 1921 to recognize scholastically outstanding high school students. It was modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the undergraduate collegiate honor society. Forman has a long history of participating in the Society. The Forman students who were selected come from seven different states and represent the highest level of scholarship and accomplishment in academics, student leadership, community service, leadership, athletics and the arts: Sara Auch '15 (Old Greenwich, CT), Amanda Berger '14 (Briarcliff, NY), Kyle Budlow '15 (Boca Raton, FL), Emily Cross '15 (Millburn, NJ), Dan D'Amato '15 (Westerly, RI),Allison Gluck '15 (Weston, CT), Geena Kapur '16 (Short Hills, NJ), Samantha Macrae '14 (New York, NY), Samuel Man '15 (Litchfield, CT), Todd Midler '14 (Calabasas, CA), Peter Newmark '15 (Greenwich, CT), Mirielle Pioppo '14 (Bedford Corners, NY), David Shaw '15 (Conway, MA). The ceremony was led by Ryan Lowe ('14), president of the local NHS chapter. He was joined at the podium by current members, Coleman Walter IV ('14) and Melissa Lipset ('14), who spoke about the different qualities that a member of the National Honor Society must possess and lit a candle to honor each. Head of School Adam Man closed the ceremony with congratulatory remarks for the inductees. "You exemplify what Forman is all about. I encourage you to challenge others to follow in your path. Always be curious, work hard, have a strong moral compass, and recognize that it is more important to help others than to help yourself," he said. "We are all so proud of you!"

Mon., February 10, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Psychologist joins Institute for Cognition to Offer Testing - Kelli Caldwell Miller, Ph.D., joined Forman School to offer psycho-educational evaluations to Forman students as they progress through the college admission process. Students with learning disabilities who apply for accommodations for college entrance exams need testing within three-five years of the application, depending on the exam. These evaluations include measures of cognitive functioning, academic achievement, and social/emotional functioning. Additional measures may be administered, depending on the evaluation needs of the student. Such measures may evaluate memory, learning and/or executive functioning skills or specific behavioral/emotional concerns. Miller recently published an article in Gifted Child Quarterly about her work screening twice-exceptional students, those identified as having a learning disability and whose cognitive functioning falls within the gifted range. Approximately 20% of Forman students are gifted. As part of the faculty at the Forman Institute for Cognition and Learning, Miller also consults with teachers on customizing programs for students' unique learning styles. "I am impressed with the outstanding level of support that Forman students receive. Teachers are always examining what is effective and what is not. They go to incredible lengths so the kids can be successful," said Miller. Miller received her Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Tennessee. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed in association with Cherokee Health Systems and the University of Tennessee’s Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center, both in Knoxville.

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
New Head of School for The Stony Brook School - The Stony Brook School and its board of trustees announce Joshua Crane as the sixth head of school since the School's founding in 1922. Crane received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University (TN) in 1995 and a master's of philosophy in European romanticism from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1996. More recently, he earned his master's degree in education leadership from Covenant College (GA). He previously served as head of school at Central Christian School (MO).

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Kanas Commons and Hollis Student Center Dedication - This new 19,400 square foot building was dedicated on October 12, 2013. As a result of the generosity of the Kanas family and the Hollis family, this $4 million facility hosts our dining room and student center. It is the hub of campus life - a place where both day and boarding students spend time together.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
Academy Student, Jose Gonzalez wins Annual Public Speaking Contest - Four UWG students were awarded for their outstanding skills in persuasive speech in December at the ninth annual Gibson Public Speaking Contest, hosted by the speech communications faculty in the Department of Mass Communications. The top five contestants were selected among all current public speaking students based on their in class delivery of a persuasive speech assignment. Each contestant gave a speech of up to ten minutes in front of a large audience and three judges: Assistant Professor, Dr. Suvees Ricks; UWG alumnus and Solicitor of the State Court of Carroll County, Mr. Doug Vassy; and Professor and Department Chair for Mass Communications, Dr. Camilla Gant. “The thing that strikes me the most about the competition is the remarkable improvement that has occurred over the years,” said Dr. Wendell Stone, speech communication coordinator and lecturer. “The students and faculty have done an excellent job of incorporating what we learn from these events into our teaching and learning in the classroom.” “Faculty are limited in the assistance and coaching they provide the students because topic selection is a portion of their grade,” said Stone. “Students are given a wide scope in their topic selection, but required to argue for a change in policy.” The 2012 recipients and their topics were: • 1st Place: Christina DeMartino, “A Prescription for Death” (advocating for a national prescription drug database) • 2nd Place: Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, “The Profession of Prostitution” (advocating for the legalization of sex work) • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Gray, “Honey Boo Boo Goes Bye Bye” (advocating for banning children’s beauty contests) • 3rd Place: Tia Roberts, “The Tragedy of Female Circumcision in Certain Parts of Africa” (advocating for ending the practice of female circumcision and establishing a nonprofit that helps advocate against this practice while assisting women who are seeking refuge in order to avoid the practice) Judges ruled a tie for third place after Gray and Roberts delivered equally dynamic speeches. The Gibson Public Speaking Contest is named in honor of Dr. Chester Gibson, who served in the Department of Mass Communications for over 20 years. Gibson, who was also the director of debate for UWG, has coached politician and author Newt Gingrich in addition to other politicians, attorneys, and judges. “Dr. Gibson was a renowned figure at West Georgia,” said Dr. Michael Hester, dean of honors college and trans-disciplinary programs and director of debate. “He built WGC into a national debate power in the 1970s, and his leadership extended far beyond his two decades as chair of Mass Communications. From his work with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich to his extensive efforts in helping bring in Dr. Tim Hynes as vice-president of Academic Affairs and Dr. Beheruz Sethna as president in the 1990s, Dr. Gibson was an enormously important figure in the development of UWG.” All five contestants received a plaque for their participation. The top four contestants received a gift card from McGraw-Hill Publishers and cash prizes donated by Dr. Chester Gibson and Mrs. Faye Gibson. McGraw-Hill also uses video excerpts of the speeches, recorded by UTV13, in textbook publications.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
UWG Advanced Academy Student Wins Computing Award - Advanced Academy student Sarah Saltiel has been selected to receive the Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women in Information Technology. The NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing is awarded to young women at the high school level who display leadership ability, academic achievement, and computing and information technology aptitude. Saltiel, who intends to double major in mathematics and engineering psychology, is one of only 25 young women in the state of Georgia to receive this award. Saltiel is a two-time recipient of this award. “I’m quite honored to win this award for the second year in a row,” said Saltiel. “I think this award is a great opportunity for women and girls because it encourages participation in historically male-run subjects.” Saltiel was also named runner-up for the NCWIT’s national award in 2012 and 2013 and was the 2012 Georgia Affiliate winner from the Advanced Academy of Georgia at the University of West Georgia. She credits the Advanced Academy for providing her with so many opportunities to excel. “So far I have completed one research project for the marketing department,” she said. “It’s going to be presented at two research conferences, one in Las Vegas and one in Wisconsin, in the coming months.” Saltiel is keeping busy with her next research project and her academic responsibilities. Although she is younger than most UWG freshmen, she holds the position of Supplemental Instruction Leader for College Algebra. In addition to Las Vegas and Wisconsin, Saltiel will present a research document to the National Social Sciences Association on Feb. 24 at the Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
Academy Student, Ajay Pillai - Youngest Graduate of UWG - The University of West Georgia made history when the youngest graduate in the University System of Georgia walked across the stage to receive his diploma. Ajay Pillai, 17, earned a degree in biochemistry and will study at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in the fall. “Graduation was the most stunning day of my life,” said Ajay Pillai, who is a Warner Robins resident. “I grew up at West Georgia and I am so incredibly happy that I came to this university and that things occurred the way they did.” After graduating eighth grade, Ajay Pillai enrolled at the Advanced Academy of Georgia on the UWG campus at the age of 13, the youngest student to do so. The academy is one of 12 residential programs for teens in the country that allows students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Diane Darling, an Advanced Academy student who will graduate high school this month, met Ajay Pillai two years ago and became close friends. “Ajay is ridiculously hard working and humble at the same time,” said Darling, 18. “I’m always in awe of how he handles everything.” The quiet and unassuming student studied Honors College curriculum at UWG and holds the second highest number of honors courses, 19, in the history of the Honors College. But he still had time to play soccer, run five miles a day, practice piano and take up the guitar. Don Wagner, dean of the Honors College and director of Special Programs, said Ajay Pillai left his mark on UWG. “He is a remarkable human being, mature way beyond his years,” said Wagner. “He possesses excellent study habits and an extraordinary mind, and is a very nice person as well. “I have known him since he entered the academy, and I have always been impressed with his social skills. In addition to his academic abilities, Ajay has the bearing and manners of an adult. He is a rare individual.” Aruna Pillai, Ajay’s mother, said she should have brought Kleenex to the commencement ceremony. “It didn’t hit me until the president, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, began talking about Ajay and then I began bawling. I was not expecting that reaction. It was deep inside.” One of Ajay Pillai’s biggest fans at the university is the president, who established the Advanced Academy and gained the USG Board of Regents approval to open the Honors College, the only one of its kind in Georgia. “It has been my pleasure to get to know Ajay and assist him in what I know will be a spectacular career,” said Sethna. “I am glad that we have contributed to his growth, and that he will contribute to ours in the future, by virtue of his future accomplishments.” Ajay Pillai’s summer vacation will not be a typical one. A long time volunteer in hospitals and clinics, he will work with his parents, who are physicians and own a practice in Warner Robins. The couple needed help in their office and put their son to work taking electrocardiograms and checking in patients. “Normally, we have to train an employee for several weeks,” Aruna Pillai said. “Ajay picked it up in a day.” His interest in medicine stems from his years of volunteer work at a hospital and medical clinics, his undergraduate research in the laboratories at West Georgia and working as a student research assistant with Dr. Satyanarayana Swamy-Mruthinti, professor of biology. “I like having that contact with people and I am also interested in medicine,” said Pillai. “But, I haven’t decided what kind of medicine I am going into.” Swamy-Mruthinti mentored Ajay Pillai for three years and got to know the student well. “Rarely you come across a student who is intelligent, hardworking and has an intense desire to succeed, yet is modest and humble,” said Swamy-Mruthinit. “I am confident that he will make significant contributions to improve human health and well being." Under normal circumstances, the M.D. and Ph.D program at the medical college requires seven years of study. Students entering the program complete the standard two-year preclinical program with many of the preclinical medical school courses also earning graduate credit for the student. During the summer between the first and second years, Ajay Pillai will perform laboratory rotations at one of the four research campuses in Georgia. Choices for laboratory rotations are made by students in consultation with program advisers. Following the preclinical years, students enter graduate training at one of the four graduate campus sites. Students are required to complete all of the normal doctorate requirements, including preliminary exams, thesis and defense. For now, the youngest graduate in the university system will enjoy his summer saving up for an automobile, traveling and helping out in the family business. “I so appreciate all of the people at West Georgia and want to thank everyone that helped me with my research, at the Advanced Academy and in the Honors College,” said Ajay Pillai in a recent interview. “They really helped me to do this and now I have a group of close friends that I’ve grown up with.”

Mon., May 13, 2013  - Canada (Wellandport, Ontario) School News
Robert Land Academy
100% of Robert Land Academy's Graduates Accepted to University or College - Robert Land Academy is pleased to announce that 100% of its 2013 Grade 12 graduates who applied have received acceptance to university or college for the coming academic year. Graduates began the application process in January and all fourteen senior students have now received offers of admission. Some have received offers from multiple institutions and must now narrow their selection to just one. Numerous post-secondary institutions from across Canada provided offers to the Academy's graduates. These include: McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, Brock University, Redeemer College, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Windsor, Carlton University, University of Western Ontario, Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, University of Lethbridge, York University, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. Programs of studies in which students received acceptance include Business, Social Sciences, Engineering, Business Administration, Commerce, Health Sciences, Psychology, and Megatronics. We wish to congratulate all graduates. We look forward to learning which universities, colleges and programs each of the graduates selects. Their choices will be announced at the All Academy Closing Ceremonies to be held at Robert Land Academy on June 22, 2013.

Fri., April 19, 2013  - NC (Asheville) School News
Asheville School
Asheville School App Now Available on App Store - The new Asheville School App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is now available for free on the App Store. Visit www.ashevilleschool.org/app to install the app today. "After a lot of hours developing this app, Charles Long and I are very excited to see the app available on the App Store," said Bob Williams, Director of Communications. "I'm not sure I know of any other private school or university that has designed an app without hiring outside help. We're proud of what we've been able to accomplish and we hope our parents, students, and prospective families will enjoy using the new app." The app was developed by Technology Coordinator Charles Long and Director of Communications Bob Williams. To read more about the app's development process, visit http://www.ashevilleschool.org/news/detail.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=1753&ModuleID=101&NEWSPID=1

Fri., March 30, 2012  - CA (Chester/Lake Almanor) School News
St. Andrew's Academy
Character Counts: The Priorities of Parenting,

by David John Seel, Ph.D.
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“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —Traditional Saying

Human babies are not like most animals when born. They are far more dependent on their parents for far longer than most animals. The academic term is “under-socialized.” Human babies are highly dependent on their parents for life, nurture, and direction.

This is why responsible parents invest heavily in their child’s future. Usually these investments fall into three areas: spiritual formation, character development, and academic preparation. Some parents see these three as highly interrelated. Others do not. Everyone is generally agreed, however, that education is highly important if a son or daughter is to achieve his or her full potential. A child without the ability to read and write is severely crippled in his or her prospects in the modern world. Reading failure is the single most significant factor in those forms of delinquency which can be described as anti-socially aggressive.

Compared to other parts of the world, American parents are generally lax. Leisure, entertainment, and sports are given a far higher priority in the United States than in other countries. Moreover, American individualism and child-centeredness parenting tend to undermine the influence parents have on pushing their children academically. The public controversy surrounding Yale law professor Amy Chua’s book on parenting, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, largely proves this point. American readers saw the parenting practices advocated by Chua and largely taken-for-granted in India, Korea, Singapore, and China as draconian.

But a good education is not enough. A trained mind without character is a dangerous combination. Ernest Boyer writes, “To have people who are well informed but not constrained by conscience is, conceivably, the most dangerous outcome of education possible. Indeed, it could be argued that ignorance is better than unguided intelligence, for the most dangerous people are those who have knowledge without a moral framework. It is not the lack of technological information that threatens our society; it is the lack of wisdom, and we run the risk today of having our discoveries outdistance our moral compass.” Brilliance without morals is deadly.

So most parents acknowledge that it is far better to have educational rigor combined with concentrated character formation. Sadly, however, this is a task largely abandoned by many forms of education today where progressivism and relativism reign. The progressive emphasis is to allow the child to serve as his or her own authority. The relativism emphasis affirms that no one’s opinion is to be preferred over another with the exception of a taboo against making any forms of judgment. Tolerance of individual whim is the logical consequence, and with it the death of character.

Abandoning one’s child to an educational system that undermines objective academic standards and moral absolutes is a choice facing many American parents. Ivy covered buildings with decades of inferred prestige mask the dangers lurking within their classrooms.

But intellectual and moral education does not float in a vacuum. The “why” behind the “what” must be itself grounded in a philosophical or religious tradition. T.S. Eliot wisely noted that all education is rooted in a “philosophy of life.” Religious instruction has historically been tied to educational aspiration.

If the root of all reality is spiritual and our flourishing is dependent on being rightly oriented to this spiritual reality, then the outright abandonment of a spiritual perspective in education, or its casual disregard by parents and teachers, is surely a problem. Author John Piper warns, “If you leave the infinite all-defining, all-controlling, all-pervasive God out of account, all understanding and all interpretations and all analyses are superficial. When the main thing is missing, what’s left is distorted and superficial, whatever it is.”

Ideally, then, spiritual formation, character development, and intellectual preparation should be found together within a school. But it is not always the case. Consequently, conscientious parents have to seek carefully and make informed, individualized decisions about their children’s educational choices.

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The essay above is why I serve on the National Advisory Board of St. Andrew’s Academy. Despite its size and modest appointments, here the three goals of an excellent school—spiritual formation, character development, and intellectual preparation—are given serious attention. St. Andrew’s offers its students a worshipping, learning community based in a traditional vision of life and reality, one that best equips its students to achieve their latent potential. Set in the picturesque Lake Almanor region of Northern California, it offers a Christ-centered, traditional education that is the antidote to most of the weaknesses affecting education in American. There are certainly more glamorous schools, but few that are more effective in the things that should matter to parents.

Not only are our children “under-socialized” when small; they also become accustomed to whatever environment we place them in—for better or worse. One of parents’ most important decisions affecting their child’s long-term development is where they send their child to school. Child development psychologist Judith Harris writes, It is the one power that nearly all parents have—the one way that they can determine the course of their child’s life: the power to choose their child’s peers.

I now have four grandchildren. If I were to do it all over again, St. Andrew’s Academy would be my first choice for my children, even as boarders. I have confidence that this is a community with its philosophy and priorities straight. No father can wish more for his child.

(Dr. John Seel is a cultural critic and entrepreneur, an author of many articles and books, and is a sought after speaker. He also happens to sit on St. Andrew’s National Advisory Board and serves on the faculty as the college counselor for our seniors.)

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