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Experience a First Look @ Friends March 28th – Learn What Makes a Friends Education Wonderfully Unique

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 10:15am

First Look @ Friends

Our version of an Open House gives prospective families the opportunity to sit in classes and see our teachers teach, meet faculty and administrators and talk to our students and ask them “what makes a Friends education so wonderfully unique.”

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Too Late to Apply for Accommodations on the SAT and ACT?

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 03, 2017 10:30am

Prepping for the SAT/ACT is no easy task. It involves months of consistent, committed study that often requires working with an experienced tutor. Read More →

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Why 4 Months of Tutoring for the SAT/ACT?

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 17, 2017 11:00am

Conventional wisdom says that students should take the SAT/ACT exams sometime during their junior year of high school. Parents typically pick a testing date based on this advice and then race to enroll their student in a prep class, or private tutoring sessions, four to six weeks before the test date.

But it’s not the best strategy. Read More →

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Spring Break, On Campus

1 Written by: | Monday, Apr 06, 2015 1:15pm

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True to the right of passage, we will spend the 10 days of John’s junior year spring break touring college campuses.  We have a list blending the suggestions of our private counselors, and a few that we have added.  Yesterday, we toured the first university on the itinerary. Read More →

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College Counseling 

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 02, 2015 3:20pm

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I am so grateful for the questionnaire that we were asked to complete by the private college counselors we have engaged to help us build John’s college list for applications. It asks questions like: “How would you describe your son’s or daughter’s personality and values?” and “What is his or her greatest achievement?”

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The SAT Name Game

1 Written by: | Friday, Feb 06, 2015 1:03pm

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Mastering the SAT takes ingenuity and a little luck is necessary. Elizabeth Frederick’s son John found this to be the case, even in getting the correct name on her son’s test.

So often in life, it is the little things that totally screw us.  Take, for example, John’s SAT registration process.  Read More →

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John is on the Grid

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 11:00am

More from our writer, Elizabeth Frederick, who takes us on her third journey through the college application process in her column Getting In. This time she chronicles the experience with her son, a sophomore at a local all-boys school. Names have been changed to prevent her kids from killing her protect her children’s privacy. -The Eds.

Our high school sophomore son, John, is officially on the college admissions grid.  He has taken his first set of PSATs, and has a score report to compare with all other 10th graders in the country who have taken the PSAT.  In addition to being a predictor of SAT performance, a tool for rising juniors who will be thinking more seriously about college admissions, the PSAT is combined with the NMSQT, or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  The NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) offers scholarship programs for qualifying juniors in the very top percentiles. Read More →

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Parents’ Weekend: All Major Credit Cards Accepted

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 2:14pm

Parents’ Weekend.  A trip to the grocery store for healthy snacks to keep in the dorm room.  A trip to the local Mall for new fall clothes.  Nice meals out with roommates and new friends.  A pitch from the university to join the “Parents’ Committee” or “Parents’ Club” or whatever your child’s school calls its volunteer fundraisers (which they charge you to join).  We’ve just finished two parents’ weekends, back to back, and we’re broke!

I mean, it was so great to see the girls.  Emily is making the transition to her “new” school as a sophomore transfer, and Grace has hit the ground running, facing all the freshman thrills.  Seeing them doing well, growing where they are planted — that part is priceless.  But the rest of it has a slightly insidious feel, like we are not even conscious of the up-sell.  Their friends all seem more sophisticated, and better dressed, with better hair care products.  It’s so tempting to change to make new friends.  Alas, it never worked for me, and my guess is, wouldn’t work for them, either. Read More →

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To Grace, From Mom – A Love Letter

4 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 11:00am

Dear Grace,

I miss you.  I know it hasn’t been a whole week yet, but I do.  I miss you like the sun would miss the moon, or the waves would miss the shore.  For 18 years, we have been companion forces of the universe, rising and falling in time, coming and going together.  But now, you are moving in your own direction, in your own time, as you should; and I miss you.

This morning, the house is quiet.  I passed your empty room, and my heart got heavy.  It will be months before you sleep here again.  You will be so busy making friends, navigating roommate issues, adjusting to college classes, learning how to eat from a cafeteria every day (and possibly learning how to drink shots).  I know you will do great – we have watched you conquer obstacles your whole life, and there is nothing you can’t do.

I will miss your beautiful face, and the radiance that surrounds you wherever you are.  I will miss your sparkling eyes, wide open to the world of possibilities that lie in your future.  I will miss your laughter – crazy, loud, quirky, and totally joy-filled. Read More →

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Proof of a Happy Childhood

4 Written by: | Monday, Aug 19, 2013 1:07pm

Happy child with red paper heart. Image shot 03/2012. Exact date unknown.

How is it over?  I don’t think I looked away, but somehow I didn’t see it happening right now.  Her childhood is over.  Grace has grown up.  And Monday, she leaves.  I am stunned by the truth I have always known, and at this minute it is raw, and painful.  I will miss my little girl.

I spent the evening putting together a collage of Grace’s childhood – proof for her future roommates that it was a happy one, and that she comes from a loving family.  I dug through boxes of old photos – remember when we had boxes and envelopes of photos?  Duplicates of everything so we could send them to grandparents?  Well, all the old photos are in the basement, in dusty under-the-bed storage containers.  I sat on the floor, sifting through the years, staggered by the speed of life.

There are almost two decades of sheer beauty in there.  A life time, our life times.  Birthday parties with homemade Barbie cakes, pony rides, Halloween costumes, Christmas stockings, so many summers at the beach and lake, years when she lived in dress ups.  Pictures of family trips, and of the everyday – baking cookies with big-girl aprons and baker’s hats, and flour all over the kitchen.  How is that all in our past? Read More →

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