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How to Choose the Right High School

High school years are some of the most influential ones in a person’s life.  Children make that transition from being a child to a young adult, and the process of pulling away from parents and establishing independence and a personal identity moves into full swing.  The culture and environment during this pivotal period plays a major influence in the direction a person’s life will take when turning 18 years old.  How do you know if you are choosing the right high school?

What Should You Look For in a High School?

So you’re starting high school next year.  For some, that means that you need to look for a new school.  There are so many things to consider: Will I like the other kids?  Can I be on the debate team and the soccer team?  Do they let freshman have roles in the spring play?  But you may not have a good strategy for finding that new school and making sure that you’ve done what you can to be successful in high school.

How Bullying Can Bite the Dust

With the new school year beginning, students and their parents are once again concerned with issues of bullying in school.  As a headmaster, it’s not unusual for a parent (and sometimes even a student) to subtly ask about the level of bullying when interviewing at a new school.

I always answer with confidence: the degree of bullying at our school is almost non-existent.  Predictably, the look of calm relief that washes across the faces in the room is measurable.

What It Takes to Learn Your Way: Flexibility

This post is part of a series inspired by Dream School: NYC, a SundanceTV docu-series that follows 15 New York City teenagers who left high school and are now trying to get back on track to graduate. The Beekman School partnered with the show to help customize the learning experience for the students.

What It Takes to Learn Your Way: A Sense of Community

This post is part of a series inspired by Dream School: NYC, a SundanceTV docu-series that follows 15 New York City teenagers who left high school and are now trying to get back on track to graduate. The Beekman School partnered with the show to help customize the learning experience for the students.

What it Takes to Learn Your Way: Getting To Know You

This post is part of a series inspired by Dream School: NYC, a SundanceTV docu-series that follows 15 New York City teenagers who left high school and are now trying to get back on track to graduate. The Beekman School partnered with the show to help customize the learning experience for the students.

The End of the GED

It happened without a lot of fanfare.  As of January 1, 2014, New York State stopped administering the GED  (General Education Development test).  This well-known acronym was synonymous with High School Equivalency (HSE) for decades, so why the sudden change?  And what does this mean for all of the people who have spent significant time (and money) preparing for it?

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