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Thu., April 17, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Adds Filmmaking to Summer Class Offerings - Randolph-Macon Academy’s Summer Programs will include Filmmaking as a new elective class for the summer of 2014. The new Filmmaking class teaches students the extensive details for cinematography, and by the end of the course the student will have a fully completed mini “epic” film!

Tue., April 15, 2014  - CA (Ojai) School News
Besant Hill School
Rolling Admissions Open - Besant Hill School is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 on a rolling basis. Space is limited, so please contact us if you are interested in applying. We invite you to visit campus, and experience a day in the life at Besant Hill School!

Fri., March 28, 2014  - ME (Kents Hill) School News
Kents Hill School
Not Your Average High School Electives at Kents Hill - Each subject area taught at Kents Hill, be it History, English, Science or Math, has its own elective classes focusing on a specific discipline. Elective classes provide students with hands on experience in a subject area that they may want to pursue in college. One such class centered on fascinating facts is Criminology, taught by Kim Nanof. “Even though the class is taught differently each semester,” said Ms. Nanof. “The dynamic of the class is centered on the mind and motive of crimes and the psychology of the criminal.” Ms. Nanof has also covered topics in criminology ranging from crime stats in the United States to the penitentiary system to case studies on serial killers. Caitlin Hussey ’06, always finds new ways to make her science classes interesting and innovative. Whether it is holding races up Bearce Hall’s stairs to calculate power output or catapult wars to measure distance, Ms. Hussey is able to tap into a student’s interest in the world of science. Her class, Stellar Astronomy, gives students the opportunity to better understand our universe through the lens of the 10-inch celestron telescope attached to the Dunn Science Center. “We’ve been able to view different phases of the moon, Venus and Jupiter,” said Ms. Hussey. “It’s important to have an advanced science class [as part of the curriculum] that focuses on a topic that students are interested in especially since it is not abstract as general science,” said Hussey. Director of Studies, Chris Gibson, teaches Digital Literacy and Politics. The class looks at the impact of how we interact with the digital world, current online trends and implications of those trends. Some of the topics discussed included the Arab Spring Revolution and use of social media in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and Libya as well as internet censorship, hacking, and social media privacy policies. “[Digital literacy] is part of everyone’s lives. Few people take the time to consider repercussions in the digital world,” said Mr. Gibson. With the popularity of television programs such as Law & Order and CSI, forensics has been a rising elective taught in schools all over the US but Janet Crane began offering her Forensics course through the science department seven years ago. Mrs. Crane, who is also one of the longest serving faculty members, hopes to give her students a better understanding of forensic techniques by analyzing fingerprints, blood splatter, DNA and anthropology. “Forensics gives students a chance to use what they have learned in core science courses, such as chemistry and biology, and apply these concepts together,” says Crane. A new class to be offered beginning in the spring is Statistical Reasoning in Sports, aka Sport Stats which will be taught by Tom Marshall. Offered through the math department, Sports Stats utilizes professional sports to look at statistical principles. The class will analyze topics ranging from batting averages to the idea of home field advantage and will answer questions such as “Can polyurethane suits make you swim faster?” and “Does a designated hitter increase offense in Major League Baseball?” Looking forward to teaching this new stats class, Mr. Marshall said, “A class such as Sports Stats connects with students’ interests. As a teacher, I can teach something about a subject they enjoy which opens up a wide window for learning.”

Fri., March 21, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Students Claim Awards at Regional Science Fair - Ten Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) Middle School students took the stage for the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair competition at James Madison University on March 11, 2014. The R-MA regional winners include Justin Abrahim (8th grade), who took home the Gold Medal in the Medicine and Health section; Aman Atwal (6th grade), who won the Gold Medal in the Plant Science division along with a Naval Science Award; Pacey Gillum (7th grade), who took home the Bronze Medal for the Earth and Planetary Science division; Dylan Glascock (8th grade), who claimed the Silver Medal for the Plant Science section; and Bernard Kasozi (6th grade), who was awarded the Bronze Medal for the Energy and Transportation division, along with a Naval Science Award. In addition, Atwal received a nomination to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair. His project studied bitter rot in apples, and was accomplished with the assistance of Dr. Mizuho Nita, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The MASTERS is the national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. sixth to eighth graders. Read more at http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-March-21-Junior-Boarding-School-Science-Fair. ###

Thu., March 13, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Midland Mirror - Winter issue of the Midland Mirror! This issue features contributions by many talented student writers and an updated look. http://www.midland-school.org/upl/File/MIRROR%20Feb%202014.pdf

Mon., March 10, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Grass Mountain Day 3/5/14 - A few days after the biggest rainstorm of an unusually dry winter, first period classes were stopped by the emergency bell for a higher calling to the top of Grass Mountain http://www.midland-school.org/news/detail/?id=137

Mon., March 10, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Midland School March Newsletter - Enjoy school news and photo albums in our latest e-news! http://conta.cc/1dJy23o

Mon., February 24, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Receives "Exceeds Standards" in Inspection - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Receives "Exceeds Standards" in Inspection The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA, earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards”….the highest rating attainable during their rated unit evaluation on October 29, 2013. Air Force Junior ROTC instructors Lt Col Ronald G. McManus, Lt Col Barry Sebring, Master Sergeant Stephen Pederson, and Master Sergeant Doug French created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors were providing outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program. The Randolph-Macon Academy cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and community. Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA. ###

Mon., February 24, 2014  - NY (Cornwall on Hudson) School News
The Storm King School
The Storm King School Wrestling Team Wins 2014 HVAL Championship! - The Storm King School Varsity Wrestling Team clinched the Hudson Valley Athletic League Championship this season! After dropping 2 very close matches in the opening week of the season, the boys have won 17-straight matches to finish the season with another school record of 17 wins while qualifying 6 wrestlers for the New England Prep School Wrestling Championships this weekend. With all of the victories this season, both as a team and individually, the best complement of the year came after a coach from another team went out of his way to complement our boys on their wrestling classifying them as a “great” team but more importantly his statement that they loved to wrestle us because of our impeccable sportsmanship on and off of the mat. As a coach and Director of Athletics, this makes me prouder of my boys that anything they have achieved in the way of records or wins.

Thu., February 20, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Hosts 38th Military School Band Festival - A record-setting 17 schools and colleges have signed up to participate in this year's Military School Band Festival, to be hosted at Randolph-Macon Academy this weekend, February 21-23, 2014. For more information visit: http://www.rma.edu/Events-2014-February-22-Military-School-Band-Festival

Wed., February 19, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Cadet Flies Solo in Airplane - Randolph-Macon Academy cadet Victor Marshall, class of 2014, flew his first solo flight in the Academy's flight program on February 11, 2014. For full story, see http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-February-18-Victor-Marshall-Flight-Solo

Fri., February 14, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Team Wins Event at STEM Summit - Number Ninjas, Radiant Radicals, and Atom Attackers – these were the names of just a few of the all-girl teams that converged at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia on February 8, 2014, for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit sponsored by K2M, Inc. K2M is the largest privately held spinal device company in the world focused on the research, development, and commercialization of innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal problems. It was here that eight qualified young ladies from R-MA joined a group of over 80 girls in the high school portion of the competition. “Knights of Pi” were represented by Paige Hollis ’15, Ixel Ochoa ’15, Madeleine Oram ’15, and Shelby Sebring ’15. “Stoichiometry Stars” included Alice Gong ’16, Lizzie Ma ’15, Meghan Melberg ’16, Amy Wang ’16. Participants included 44 teams from 22 public and independent schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and all teams engaged in this STEM-focused competition. It was a fun and challenging event which highlighted brilliant females, who traditionally are underrepresented in this field. R-MA’s Stoichiometry Stars were awarded the medal for achieving the highest score in “Playing Doctor: Building a Spinal Construct”. For the full story, visit http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-February-14-STEM-Females.

Mon., February 10, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Forman Launches Summer Program - Forman School is now offering a month-long program to help students entering grades 7-11 improve their learning skills, and build new ones, while enjoying arts, athletics, and other camp activities on Forman's 125-acre campus. The program runs from July 7-August 2, 2014; boarding and day options are available. "Forman has a long tradition of teaching students who learn differently," said Head of School Adam Man. "With the success of the Forman Institute for Cognition and Learning, it became apparent that there is an opportunity to expand our services to a wider group." "Many students with learning differences lose momentum over the summer months when they are not actively engaged in school work," noted Program Director Betsy Bartlett. "This program is designed to build skills and confidence that will carry them forward." Bartlett is a learning specialist at Forman's Institute for Cognition and Learning. She has a Masters degree in education from Harvard University and extensive experience as an educator and coach in independent school communities. She has also taught language and writing skills at two other summer camps for LD students. Forman Summer students will take morning in Reading, Writing, Math Concepts, Metacognitive Strategies, and Executive Functions. In the afternoons, they can pursue personal interests or explore something new. Activities include tennis, horseback riding, golf, ceramics, photography, swimming or boat building. The majority of the faculty are specially-trained in working with students who learn differently. Evenings offer a progressive curriculum of group activities designed to increase students' awareness of their individual learning styles, gain proficiency in assistive technologies, develop advocacy skills, and create a plan for their return to school in the fall. For applications and additional information, visit: www.formanschool.org/summer.

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., February 04, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Middle School Boys' Basketball Team Advances - On Monday, February 3, the R-MA Boys' Basketball Team defeated the Wakefield Country Day School Owls by the score of 27-13 in the opening round of the Valley Middle School Tournament. The young Jackets were sluggish in the beginning of the game and really never gained the momentum displayed during the past weekend tournament at the Powhatan School in Boyce, Virginia. At the end of the first stanza the score was 7-4. The second quarter was also dominated by turn overs and poor offensive possessions. At halftime the score was R-MA 13 and WCDS 6. During the third quarter the Jackets came alive and quickly scored eleven points and led at the end of the third quarter 24-10. The fourth quarter was uneventful with both teams scoring just three points each. The final score was 27-13. As a result of this quarter final victory the young Jackets are 9-4 overall and 3-3 in the VMSC. They move onto the semifinal round against the Rappahannock Panthers next.

Mon., February 03, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy to Welcome The U. S. Army Chorus - Front Royal, VA--As part of the national Military School Band Festival, Randolph-Macon Academy will host The U.S. Army Chorus on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 pm, in John Campbell Boggs Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.rma.edu/Event-2014-February-21-US-Army-Chorus.

Mon., February 03, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Crowns School-Level National Geographic Bee Champion - After an intense contest in which the last two competitors went through almost every tiebreaker in the book, eighth grader Ryan Latham of Amissville, VA, finally emerged as Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School’s champion in the National Geographic Bee. His eighth grade classmate, Gabe Dubin of Front Royal, was the well-respected runner-up. According to the National Geographic web site, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/, “Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.” The contest is open to students in grades four through eight. Soon after winning the school competition, Latham took a written test in an attempt to qualify for the state competition. He is now awaiting the results. Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in the military school’s renowned flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA. ###

Wed., January 22, 2014  - NY (Buffalo) School News
Buffalo Seminary
Nicole Lee '94, Memorializes Nelson Mandela at the National Cathedral in Washington - Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 and was memorialized by SEM trustee Nicole Lee '94, president of the TransAfrica Forum, at the official national memorial service. The service was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, on December 11, 2013. The TransAfrica Forum is a Washington, D.C., based human rights organization which was originally formed by the Congressional Black Caucus to fight apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid formally ended on the April 27, 1994, when Mr. Mandela voted for the first time in his life. He was inaugurated as President of a democratic South Africa on May 10, 1994.

Fri., January 17, 2014  - VA (Woodstock) School News
Massanutten Academy
Now Enrolling for our Exciting Summer Programs! - Massanutten Academy is featuring two great summer programs: 1) Four choices for summer school in 2014! The session runs: June 28th through August 2nd. Students may choose one of the following programs: * JROTC: Earn a full course credit in Leadership Education Training! Grades 9-12. * Massanutten Tech: Spend the summer in Robotics (Grades 7-8), Bioengineering, or Design Engineering (Grades 9-12). These STEM classes are project based and focused on the future! * Core Curriculum: Classes are available to improve a current grade, take a new course, explore your interests through electives, improve your study skills, or prepare for the ACT/SAT. (Grades 7-12) * ESL: International students can take advantage of our ESL/ESOL immersion program that includes classroom instruction; field trips to stores, restaurants, and interesting sites; real life in the dorms. (Grades 7-12) Cost: $3,799.00 includes tuition, boarding, uniform, and weekend activities. Lab fees, books, and/or software will be billed after classes begin. 2) Two one-week Adventure Camps * July 20-26 * July 27-August 2 Just want to have fun this summer? Join us for one week (or two!) of great activities that include hiking, zip-lining, canoeing, mountain biking and more! Cost: $1,175 includes boarding, uniform, and all activities. Find details about both programs online at: http://www.militaryschool.com/admissions/summer-program Application is available online at www.militaryschool.com ! Space is limited. Apply today! Or call the Admissions Office at (540) 459-2167, ext. 1. It’s going to be a great summer at Massanutten Academy!!

Tue., December 31, 2013  - VA (Waynesboro) School News
Fishburne Military School
Fishburne Partners to Provide Scholarships to Veteran's Sons - A new scholarship available to Fishburne Military School students through the NewDay USA Foundation, whose CEO, Rob Posner, is a 1987 alum of FMS, will make it possible for sons of fallen or disabled veterans to pursue a quality secondary education at Fishburne. http://www.fishburnetimesconnect.org/2013/08/15/scholarship-program-at-fishburne-helps-children-of-disabled-vets/

Tue., December 31, 2013  - VA (Waynesboro) School News
Fishburne Military School
Fishburne Voted Best Independent School in Shenandoah Valley - Virginia Living Magazine honored Fishburne Military School this year by naming FMS the Best Independent School in the Shenandoah Valley.

Mon., December 23, 2013  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
ADHD Expert Rick Lavoie Addresses Forman Parents - Nationally-recognized author, educator, and consultant on attention deficit disorders, Dr. Rick Lavoie visited Forman recently to talk with parents about the impact of having an LD child on family life. He described the impact that a special needs child has on the family as being like a family of five lying together on a waterbed. “If one is having trouble, then everyone feels it,” Lavoie explained. “You don’t have a special-needs child, you have a special-needs family,” he said. Lavoie explained that parents of special-needs children have to use a different approach to parenting from those with kids who don’t struggle. “You need to view, accept and embrace the kid the way he is that day and remember that is no predictor of what he will be the next day,” he said. “Day to day, you need to accept who he is.” Lavoie talked about the idea of "fairness" in families and stressed that it is not the parent’s role to balance the scales between the children. “It is not your job to treat them all the same. You have to give them what they need.” “Kids with ADD, it’s not that they don’t pay attention, it’s that they pay attention to everything,” Lavoie said. “It’s like looking at things with a wide-angle lens. They are bombarded with stimuli.” “Forman understands adolescents with learning disabilities completely.” Lavoie said. He has sent many students to Forman over the past 25 years and believes that their lives have changed because of it. “The secret weapon here is the staff,” Lavoie revealed. Lavoie stressed the need for parents to accept their child’s diagnosis and work together with their school to help the student succeed. “One thing about children that we need to understand is that kids go to school for a living,” Lavoie said. “It’s their job, but in our culture, it’s also their whole identity. When the school is lousy, when the kid is failing, it’s his whole identity. Forman brings these kids together and helps them succeed.” Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for more than 40 years and holds multiple degrees in special education. Lavoie has the distinction of having delivered the keynote addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States: the Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder. He has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Good Morning America” and “ABC Evening News.” (www.ricklavoie.com).

Fri., December 13, 2013  - 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

Wed., December 11, 2013  - Canada (Shawnigan Lake, BC) School News
Shawnigan Lake School
Sr. Girls Field Hockey: 2013 Provincial Champions! - As the saying goes, “You play to win. That is the great thing about sport. It doesn’t matter if you do, but you go out to win.” The Shawnigan Senior Girls Field Hockey team had already been practicing the “Play to Win” mantra before they capped off a very successful season by capturing the championship banner at the BC AA Provincials. Read more at: www.shawnigan.ca/now

Thu., December 05, 2013  - Canada (St Catharines) School News
Ridley College
Ridley College Offering New ESL Summer Camp - The Ridley College summer credit program is for students aged 12 to 17. It is designed to provide English language learners with the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of academic and social settings. Our summer credit program will focus on reading, listening, media, writing and speaking. Afternoons after class and on weekends, students will practice their speaking and listening skills by participating in Ridley’s robust co-curricular program (arts, activities, and athletics) and by making cultural trips throughout the Niagara region and into Toronto. The camp will run from August 3rd-29th. For more information, please visit: http://www.ridleycollege.com/eslsummerprogram

Wed., December 04, 2013  - VA (Keswick) School News
Oakland School
Horse Holiday! - Oakland School will host its annual Horse Holiday event on Tuesday, December 10th at 3:15 pm. Each year students dress in holiday attire and ride the horses from the barn to the Big House. Santa, Mrs. Klaus, reindeer, and holiday characters lead the decorated horses to the pine tree that is adorned with carrots, apples, and other equine treats. Students and staff love seeing the happy horses chomp away at the delicious snacks. Santa passes out candy canes to all while holiday music resonates through the merry gathering. It is a special tradition at Oakland and everyone, especially the horses, look forward to it every year!

Tue., November 05, 2013  - Canada (Victoria) School News
St. Michaels University School
SMUS Student Wins Google Science Fair - In Grade 10, Ann Makosinski designed a flashlight that is powered solely from the heat emitted from the human hand. Her invention took her to the finals of the international competition where she took home the top prize in her age category. http://youtu.be/fRdeFcIK8QM

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
Chamber Choir Invited to Perform at the Presidential Inauguration - While most of us have not been extended invitations to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, 16 SBS students will be in the midst of weekend events. The SBS Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dustin Ramirez, performed on January 19, 2013, at the National City Christian Church as part of the 2013 Washington, D.C. Inauguration Festival sponsored by WorldStrides Heritage Performance Programs. The choir’s participation in this festival is the result of the Gold Rating they earned at the spring 2012 Heritage Festival.

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
SBS Senior Accepted Into International Mathematics Program - An SBS senior will attend Modern Mathematics: International Summer School for Students hosted by Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, from July 2 to 12. Approximately 100 like-minded young mathematicians will convene for ten days of intensive study and interaction with leading mathematicians from around the world. This senior has previously been recognized and accepted into PRIMES-USA, an online research program in mathematics at MIT.

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Senior Accepted into National Ensemble - Senior Accepted Into National Ensemble After a successful audition, a Stony Brook senior vocalist has been accepted to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles as a member of the chorus. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Eligible students have previously qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program. The festival is on October 27-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. Congratulations!

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
The Stony Brook School in France and Spain - On May 31, 25 students and 5 chaperones departed from SBS for their long-awaited trip to France and Spain. This combined effort by Spanish teacher Jennifer Moreno and French teacher Marie Crandall gave the SBS language students an opportunity to immerse themselves in French and Spanish culture. In France, the group visited Paris and explored two castles along the Loire River Valley. The students then boarded an overnight train to Madrid, Spain, where they took a cooking class in addition to touring the city. Toledo and Seville of-fered interesting stops in Spain as well. On the last day, students took Flamenco dance lessons, followed by a dinner and Flamenco show.

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.

Fri., September 27, 2013  - Canada (St Catharines) School News
Ridley College
Ridley College Campus Renovations - Over $2 million worth of renovations were completed on the Ridley College campus throughout the summer months. The renovations include updates to all house common rooms, new furniture, painting and lighting in Burgoyne House (our junior boarding house), renovations to the School House Building classrooms and the Lower School gardens/courtyard. Pictures of the renovations can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridleycollege/sets/72157635262623674/

Wed., August 14, 2013  - China (Beijing) School News
Keystone Academy
Keystone Academy to Accept Applications Starting in September - Keystone Academy will begin formally accepting applications for its inaugural Fall 2014 class in September 2013. Ms. Rachael Beare, Dean of Admissions, explains what the school’s admission process will look like and what type of student the Academy would accept into its community. Ms. Beare also discusses why Keystone is unique, what draws her to the school and why she has an interest to work in China. To watch the video, please click here.

Mon., July 15, 2013  - NH (Dublin) School News
Dublin School
Dublin School Community Learning Assignment Announced - In the past we have assigned a community book for faculty and students to read during the summer. This year we have decided to try something a little different and expand our "reading" to include "texts" other than books. ...We have picked "codes" as this summer's community theme because we believe that we live in a world of codes. We solicited the community for texts relating to this theme and had a number of exciting conversations as we put together the following list. For full list of listings of required texts and options texts for this year's summer reading, please visit us at www.dublinschool.org and click the box on the left menu bar.

Fri., July 05, 2013  - TN (Seymour) School News
The King's Academy
The King's Academy Students Very Successful in 2013-14 - The King's Academy announces another successful year of academic and arts awards! The following lists student achievements for the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations to all our students! American Legion Boys State and Girls State: Samuel Herbert, Heather Rollar Rotary Youth Leadership Award: Adam Deatherage UT Pro2Serve Math Contest: Top Fifty Fermat I Exam – Zheyu Li Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association’s Mathematics Contest: 1st Place Geometry – Daiki Yonemaru 2nd Place Geometry – Gabriel Yang Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair: Honorable Mention – Grant Rollins Roane State Community College Academic Festival: 1st place, Instrumental Ensemble – TKA Orchestra 1st place, Piano Classical – Zheyu Li 1st place, 40 Word Dash – Danielle Quesinberry 2nd place, Creative Writing – Lydia Dowdy 2nd place, Qualitative Analysis – Liliane Batete Ruterana & Josiane Umulisa 3rd place, Qualitative Analysis – Joshua Keller & Tyler Pitney Honorable Mention, Biology Invertebrate Photography – Sarah Herbert ACSI Creative Writing Festival: Excellent: 9th grade-William Burnham, Zoe Price, Julia Weech; 10th grade-Kristen Keck, Kraegen McCarter, Ridge Palmer Good: 9th grade-Seth Connatser, Danielle Quesinberry; 10th grade-Kraegen McCarter ACSI Music Festival: Choir – Superior Rating Orchestra – Excellent Rating Sevier County Annual Student Art Show: Merit Awards – Jessica Ayers, Christy Gong SBACS Outstanding Scholar and Musician Regional Winners: Musician finalists: Edison Aubrey, Andrew Benson, Leyton Mullins Musician Winner ($500 scholarship) – Zheyu Li Scholar Winner ($500 scholarship) – Sam England ACSI Distinguished High School Student Award: Harrison Atchley, Edison Aubrey, Jessica Ayers, Andrew Benson, Adam Deatherage, Lydia Dowdy, Sam England, Faith Gaskins, Michaela Gunter, Jacob Gunthert, Samuel Herbert, Jacob Higdon, Catherine Holland, Lianna Lee, Zheyu Li, Teddy Lin, Joy Lynn Lyon, Leyton Mullins, Catherine Sharp TN Scholars Award: Edison Aubrey, Andrew Benson, Sam England, Michaela Gunter, Leyton Mullins Presidential Educational Achievement Award: David Bagwell, Ariane Bampire Ruterana, Liliane Batete Ruterana, Wei Chen, Joy Lynn Lyon, Leyton Mullins, Parn Simaratana, Josiane Umulisa Presidential Educational Excellence Award: Edison Aubrey, Andrew Benson, Sam England, Kara Gomillion, Lianna Lee, Zheyu Li

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.”

Tue., June 04, 2013  - GA (Gainesville) School News
Riverside Military Academy
Logan Whitmore receives 1st Place Medal in Art Showcase - Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSG) Logan P. Whitmore, a freshman at Riverside Military Academy, won 1st Place (9th grade level) in the State of Georgia at the Kiwanis Art Showcase on April 27. C/SSG Whitmore entered his painting, “The Floating Staircase,” in the mixed media category of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville Art Showcase in March at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, and he received the 1st Place Ribbon for 9th grade. Following the Gainesville competition, his painting was selected to compete at the State level in the Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation Art & Music Showcase in Carrollton, Georgia. He won the 1st Place Medal out of all 9th grade art entries for the State! On May 8, C/SSG Whitmore received a JROTC Academic Achievement Award for finishing in the top 10% of his class for the school year at Riverside Military Academy. He was a participant in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) State German Convention held in January. He is also a member of Riverside's track team.

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.

Mon., May 13, 2013  - Canada (Wellandport, Ontario) School News
Robert Land Academy
A Top Six Finish at the Juvenile Wrestling Nationals for Robert Land Academy Student - Seventeen year old Alexandre McIntyre, a student at Robert Land Academy, ranked in the top six at the 2013 Cadet and Juvenile Wrestling Nationals held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 5 & 6. With a first place finish in his weight category at OFSAA, Alex - who is in his grade 12 senior year - was invited to be part of the Junior Brock Badgers Wrestling Club representing Team Ontario at the Nationals this year. He finished with 4 wins in 7 matches, ranking in the top 6 out of 24 wrestlers in the 76 kg weight category. This is Alex's second year wrestling at the Nationals, finishing in the top 8 in 2012 in New Brunswick. Alex says "he was impressed to see such amazingly talented wrestlers from all across Canada come together in one place". Alex plans to continue wrestling next year when he attends university. When asked where he plans to attend, he says that "he is still undecided and is keeping his options open."

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

Mon., February 11, 2013  - GA (Gainesville) School News
Riverside Military Academy
Riverside Military Academy Students selected for All State Orchestra - Two students from Riverside Military Academy were recently selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All State Orchestra to be held February 28-March 2, 2013 in Savannah, GA. The GMEA All State Bands and Orchestras consist of the best high school and middle school musicians in the state of Georgia. The auditions include two contrasting musical études and two challenging sight-reading exercises. Most students practice over a period of months in preparation for these auditions. Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSG) Benjamin Jobson, a junior at Riverside, was placed as the principal second or first chair of the second violins in the 11th-12th grade orchestra. Principal second is awarded to the 5th highest score overall for all juniors and seniors statewide. C/SSG Jobson is a member of the RMA Honor Council and the National Honor Society. He also serves as vice president for the RMA Horton Society. He was a nominee for the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music (Violin). Cadet Sergeant First Class (C/SFC) DoYeun Kim, also a Riverside junior, was placed as third chair oboe in the 11th-12th grade orchestra. Last year, C/SFC Kim became the first Riverside band member to qualify for the All State Orchestra. He is 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. C/SFC Kim was also a nominee for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program in Music (Oboe).

Mon., February 11, 2013  - GA (Gainesville) School News
Riverside Military Academy
Riverside Student attends Presidential Inauguration and Leadership Summit - Cadet Sergeant (C/SGT) Prince James Story, a Riverside Military Academy freshman, was selected to attend the “Preventative Care: Healthcare for the Future” session of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. January 18-22, 2013. The Summit, set against the backdrop of the Presidential Inauguration, only occurs once every four years. C/SGT Story, a resident of College Park, GA, was present at the swearing in ceremony of President Barack Obama on the National Mall January 21, 2013. C/SGT Story was nominated by his Riverside honors English teacher, Dr. David Bailey. “Cadet Story was nominated for his scholastic prowess and his leadership potential,” said Dr. Bailey. The purpose of the 2013 Summit was to assist our nation’s future leaders in acquiring the skills and insight needed to take on the roles of leaders at community, state, and federal levels. Attendees chose from 21st Century Issue Workshops highlighting critical areas and extraordinary opportunities facing future leaders. They had opportunities to hear from top Congressional leaders, prominent national leaders, and a former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as they addressed the role of leadership in protecting national and communal interests. C/SGT Story had the honor of meeting General Colin Powell, USA (Ret), the keynote speaker for the 2013 Summit.

Mon., February 11, 2013  - GA (Gainesville) School News
Riverside Military Academy
RMA Corps of Cadets awarded Fourth Consecutive President’s Trophy - On November 10, 2012, the Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets marched in the 31st Annual Atlanta Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Atlanta. The parade judges once again awarded the RMA Corps of Cadets the coveted President’s Trophy for best marching unit. This is Riverside’s fourth consecutive win of this prestigious award. The Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade, produced by the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. (GVDPA), is one of the nation's largest Veteran's Day events. The parade begins at 11:11 a.m. in remembrance of the ceasefire agreement signed in 1918 to end WWI, or the Great War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This year’s parade theme was “Welcome Home Iraqi War Veterans,” which paid tribute to the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The parade Grand Marshal was actor/producer Tim Abell. He is the host of Outdoor Channel's Grateful Nation, a television show which takes wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan on outdoor adventures around the world and learns about their military service and sacrifice. Abell is also a former Army Ranger and the 2012 Chairman of the Board for the Ranger/Special Operations mentoring program, GallantFew.

Wed., November 14, 2012  - CO (Carbondale) School News
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
CRMS Students: On the Air - Students in Creative Nonfiction class will be presenting an audio self-portrait on KDNK this Monday (October 22) between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. KDNK is Carbondale's public radio station. It broadcasts at 88.9 on the FM dial locally and can be accessed on KDNK's webpage, www.kdnk.org , by clicking on the live stream button. The radio show is a collaboration between CRMS students and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment radio program, which is run by Stacy Stein. Steve Skinner, the station manager at KDNK, has also spent a lot of time working with our class. Later in the semester students will broadcast long nonfiction radio pieces that they have researched, written, and edited over the course of the semester.

Wed., August 01, 2012  - UT (Mt. Pleasant) School News
Wasatch Academy
Please visit and ''like'' the Official Wasatch Academy Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wasatch-Academy/123618311056567

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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