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What Do the Newest Changes to the SAT Mean For College Admissions?

Authored by Krista Sergi, College Guidance

In a recent article, the College Board announced that it is no longer offering SAT Subject Tests or the SAT with Essay. Having worked in college admissions and as a high school counselor, I feel both relief and disappointment. Before I get into my feelings, however, I need to contextualize this a bit.   Removing SAT Subject Tests May Level the Playing Field The SAT Subject Tests are, as the name suggests, subject-specific exams that allow students to demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in a particular subject area such as Biology, Physics, English Literature, etc. In my experience, these tests were required by more selective schools, including the Ivies and Ivy-laterals (Duke, MIT, Georgetown, etc.) and suggested by other selective schools (e.g., Lafayette or Bryn Mawr) as a way for students to distinguish themselves amidst a pool of other highly-qualified applicants. From an access and equity standpoint, I have never been a fan of any of the college entrance exams. I have...read more

Topics: college prep, College Board, SAT prep, AP exams, Krista Sergi

Online Homeschooling Tutors

Authored by Glenn Doering, Tutoring School Director

Online Homeschooling Tutors | Get Homeschool Tutoring Help Are you homeschooling your high schooler? That is often the right option for some teenagers, but it also presents some challenges for their parents. Let The Beekman School help you navigate those challenges. Parents who are homeschooling often feel that they must teach everything their children are learning. In truth – they do not. They just need to facilitate opportunities for their students to learn. This is where our online homeschooling tutor support can be very helpful. We can supply a private teacher for homeschooling those subjects that parents are not comfortable teaching or are not equipped to handle. For instance, does your son or daughter want to learn a foreign language? We have tutors that can teach Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Korean and more. Experienced Online Tutors to Meet Today’s Homeschooling Challenges Perhaps some math or science courses fall outside a parent’s area of expertise. Calculus...read more

Topics: homeschooling, online tutoring, tutoring, online school, Glenn Doering

The Beekman School's Reopening Plan

Authored by The Beekman School

Please find the reopening plan for The Beekman School and related community policies and guidelines.  Please note that these plans and policies are subject to change.   read more

Topics: COVID-19

Beekman’s Unique and Successful Response to COVID-19: A Personal Account

Authored by Vanilla Macias-Rodriguez, science teacher

On Friday, March 13th, we left Beekman for a two-week Spring Break vacation.  I told my students good-bye, be safe, and make good choices.  I made sure my room was tidy and the computer and SMARTBoard were turned off.  I watered my plants and rushed out the door to catch my flight home to San Antonio, Texas.  We had heard whisperings of a virus that was going to be a big problem.  In the last week of school, our administration trained us on Zoom and we made sure all students could log on and knew how to use the platform.  The students, of course, had great virtual backgrounds going within seconds of logging on.  Wherever we traveled, we were encouraged to take everything we would need to teach just in case things went sideways.  While we were prepared for the shelter-in-place order and knew we might not come back to school in two weeks time, none of us could have fathomed that we would not be returning to the Beekman brownstone this year. We had plans!  Prom, graduation, Art Shows,...read more

Topics: Vanilla Macias-Rodriguez, COVID-19

Personalized Virtual Learning Through the COVID-19 Quarantine

Authored by The Beekman School

As traditional high schools shift to virtual learning, the transition can leave students scrambling to manage. Large class sizes, limited support, generalized assignments, and heavy workloads can result in students struggling with school.  The Beekman School has responded to the challenge of COVID-19 by transitioning our students entirely into remote online learning. Our commitment to personalized, quality education and small classes continues with this transition. Students who are enrolled at Beekman can maintain their tailored courses of study and work toward their academic goals.  Our school has always offered students flexible, customized plans for learning. This flexible approach has allowed us to make optimal use of our remote learning resources. Class participants benefit from our student-focused classes and our ongoing commitment to provide personalized learning during COVID-19 social distancing. If your child is struggling to succeed in their “new normal” virtual classroom,...read more

Topics: personalized learning, virtual learning, remote learning, distance learning

Online Tutoring Through the COVID-19 Quarantine

Authored by The Beekman School

Despite current COVID-19 educational challenges, students still need to complete their current high school courses and continue preparing for their academic futures. This is why online tutoring is a valuable resource for high school students who are attending virtual classes and studying at home.  The abrupt shift into virtual learning and the limited resources of some schools have left many students in need of educational support. Parents are also being asked to find time to guide their students in the virtual learning format. Online tutoring services can step in, helping students manage the transition to the online classroom. Tutors can work to reinforce what students have previously learned while also building and extending their knowledge. Experienced Virtual Tutors for Educational Challenges  The Tutoring School is prepared to provide students and parents the level of support they need in challenging times. Our tutors are experienced in providing meaningful virtual learning. They...read more

Topics: online tutoring, tutoring, Tutoring School

Community COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year

Authored by The Beekman School

The Beekman School is committed to the health and safety of all community members, particularly those who are in our school building. This school year, we are pleased to welcome all students back to our building for five-day, in-person instruction. Given the lessons learned and data collected from the past school year, we are confident that we will provide a safe learning environment that incorporated layers of protection to mitigate the transmission of coronavirus. Based on the most recent information released by the CDC and as mandated by New York State, we will continue to require masking for all students, faculty and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. While we are currently not mandating COVID vaccines, we continue to strongly encourage students to be vaccinated as protection against the serious effects of the Delta variant, as well as protection for all of our community members. The Beekman School remains focused on our mission – to provide a differentiated curriculum...read more


Thinking About a Post Grad Year? Here's What You Should Consider

Authored by Krista Sergi, College Guidance Counselor

Gap year, PG year, post-graduate year – whether you have heard one or all of these terms, they represent the increasingly common practice of taking the year between high school graduation and the beginning of college to hone specific skills, increase academic preparedness, or try out career options through internships and other application-based opportunities.  Whenever I bring up the idea of a post-graduate year, I often hear these concerns from parents: I’m worried about taking a year off and what that will do to my child’s motivation for college. My child didn’t really love high school, so taking a break might make her decide she doesn’t want to go to college at all. Will this look bad to the colleges? And these concerns from students: If I stay here for my gap year, will people think I’m repeating? Won’t colleges think it’s bad that I wasn’t ready for college this year? What if, after the PG year, I still don’t know what I want to do? As a student of adolescent...read more

Topics: post-grad year, college, college prep, Krista Sergi

How Schools Can Accommodate Different Learning Styles

Authored by George Higgins, Headmaster

Any seasoned educator will tell you that teachers face many different learning styles in the classroom.  Students vary widely, even when the classrooms are small.  Accommodating different learning styles is a challenge all schools face, but there are adjustments that can be made to help. The Impact of Small Class Sizes on Different Learning Styles Class size is a major factor.  The more students a teacher has to work with, the more varied the types of learning styles are and the more that teacher is stretched trying to manage them all.  Our school caps its class size at 10 students and most classes average seven students.  This allows a teacher to get to know each student’s needs well and individualize as much as possible.  If the class sizes is 28 to 30 students, this is nearly impossible. Classroom teachers know that they can vary the way in which they teach a lesson.  While some students learn better by hearing the information, others learn better by seeing it.  A combination of...read more

Topics: individualized learning, personalized learning, George Higgins

Teaching The Perennial Philosophy in High School

Authored by The Beekman School

This upcoming spring semester, I’ll be teaching a course here at The Beekman School called the Perennial Philosophy. The basic theme of this high school philosophy course is to get at the underlying similarities between the world’s faiths. Traditionally, the attempt is to look strictly at history of esoteric and exoteric beliefs and practices. This semester, I’m going to incorporate how these beliefs have worked for and against the rise of the scientific method and the present debates of scientists and philosophers on the modern anthropic models of the fine-tuned universe: matter and consciousness.    Teaching - and Understanding - Philosophy vs. Science   Neil Degrasse Tyson quipped in his television series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, “Some would say: we are the universe looking back at itself.” While more objectivist scientists balk at a statement like this (see Stephen Hawking backpedaling from his statement by stating he is an atheist), my goal as a high school philosophy...read more

Topics: philosophy, god, religion, Cosmos


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