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Beekman - The Best Little School You’ve Never Heard Of

One of the comments I hear most often from prospective families in my 20+ years here at The Beekman School is, “…but I’ve never heard of you!”  I’ve heard this from lifelong New Yorkers who thought they knew all of the local schools, and I’ve heard this from educational consultants who have been placing students in larger Metro-area schools for years.  Are we a new school?  No; we’ve been around for almost 100 years.  Are we (gasp) not very good?  While I typically jump to the defense of my beloved school, I will take this opportunity to let others speak on my behalf.

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

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.

 

Will Learning a Second Language Help You Get Into College?

In an ever-increasing global community, no one should be asking why learning a second language in high school is so important.  And if you are planning on continuing your education after high school, you don’t need to ask yourself if learning a second language will help you get into college because most colleges are going to require it anyway.

Your English Teacher’s Role in College Preparation

A weighty concern on many teenagers' minds right now is, "How strong is my high school preparation for college?"  Certainly, part of the responsibility for college readiness lies with the student: to best prepare for college while in high school, should you take college-level classes in high school or utilize some other tool?

Questions to Ask When Searching for the Right College Prep School

Like most specialized fields, education has its buzzwords. You’ve probably heard a few of them: grit, data-driven, student-centered, inquiry-based, flipped classroom, etc. Despite taking different approaches to education, all of these new perspectives on what teaching and learning could look like seem to be adding up to one big conclusion: college.

Aren’t Most High Schools College Prep Programs?

Like most specialized fields, education has its buzzwords. You’ve probably heard a few of them: grit, data-driven, student-centered, inquiry-based, flipped classroom, etc. Despite taking different approaches to education, all of these new perspectives on what teaching and learning could look like seem to be adding up to one big conclusion: college.

College Placement - Finding What's Right For You

There are approximately 4,500 colleges in the United States. Whether your child wants to attend a traditional four-year institution, community college, musical conservatory, or an art institute, higher education is a viable option for everyone. As a college placement counselor, if I had to choose the most important thing for students and families to remember about the college process it would be that college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.

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