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George Higgins

School Problem? Problem Solved: Beekman!

I speak with a lot of people: on the phone, in interviews, and around town.  They’ve heard bits and pieces about our unique program and want to get the story “straight from the horse’s mouth.”  Given our rolling admissions policy, our philosophy of “interview today start tomorrow,” and our focus on student-centered learning, I am frequently asked a number of questions about our student body.

Beekman: Not Just Better - Distinctive!

Virtually no other school in the New York City metro area provides the myriad of educational solutions that we provide.  Between The Beekman School and The Tutoring School (a program within Beekman), we can create an academic schedule that supports most students who are college-bound.  Whether you want to start your day late, finish your day early, study Swahili or increase your course load to graduate early, The Beekman School can tailor a program that fits your unique requirements.

About.com Interview with George Higgins

Can being counseled out actually be a good thing? Though it might sound counter-intuitive, George Higgins backs up this statement with 34 years of experience at The Beekman School. In an interview for About.com, he reminds us that "school is everything to kids. If they are unhappy, it clouds all their hours, even outside of school." Leaving a school environment that isn't working can really be the opportunity students need to find their stride. "It’s not always academic reasons that cause kids to leave schools—there can be many factors."
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Interview Today, Start Tomorrow: Beekman's Unique Admissions Process

One comment that we often hear during interviews for new students is the speed of our admissions process: interview today, start tomorrow.  Prospective parents and students come in expecting the typical lengthy application process, during which a school’s administration purports to determine whether or not the student is a good fit.  I’d like you to consider a different approach. 

What Does Personalized Learning Mean at Beekman?

From an infant’s first days, parents make choices for their child representing the family’s values and interests – taking into consideration the child’s own personality.  And yet when children enter school, we relinquish much of this participation.  The child becomes a student.  But now more parents are asserting that education needn’t happen at the expense of individuality.

When Summer School is the Right Choice for You

Here we are, summer around the corner, the sidewalks soon heating up, and dreams of beach vacations approaching.  But wait.  Maybe you’re just realizing your son has fallen behind in that geometry class.  Maybe your daughter needs better language prep in Spanish or Latin.  Perhaps English is a second language and your child will be more comfortable with classes next term by continuing English studies during the summer.  Or maybe your child wants to go deeper in a topic of interest.

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