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Boarding School Interview Questions

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 31, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Do you have an interview with a boarding school admission officer? Congratulations! Here are a few handy tools and look over a few common interview questions in advance of the big day.

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Topics: Boarding School, Admissions

How to Improve Your GPA for Boarding School

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 28, 2017 8:01:21 PM
Half of the academic marking period is over, but it's not too late to turn over a new leaf. Whether you are considering applying to boarding school next year or have already submitted your application, it’s important to realize that it is never too late to start fresh in the new year and pick up your GPA.
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Topics: Academic

How To Stay In Touch With Your Son At Boarding School

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 21, 2017 7:00:00 PM
BYou did it! You toured, found the right-fit school, interviewed, your son completed the application process and moved into his dorm to start his next chapter at boarding school. At boarding school, your son’s learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Here, he’ll be expected to move outside his comfort zone, build skills for his future success, and dig deeper into his passions.  

We get it, we’re parents too.

You want to know everything that’s going on - how he did on his Chem test, the score of the latest game, what part he received for the school musical - here are sure-fire tips to follow, designed to help you stay in touch.

Get Your Ducks in a Row
Well before you pack up the car - let your son set some of the ground rules. Together, decide which platforms you’ll use to stay in touch (phone, text, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, etc.) and how often you expect to hear from him. Depending on your son, you may want to consider a Communications Contract to set up clear expectations.  Your expectations should not include an immediate response. He’s going to have different standards at boarding school than his previous school. Students likely won’t be able to access messages until after obligations end for the day and before the start of study hall.

be in the Know
To keep up to date on the ins and outs of school follow the school’s social media accounts. You can locate the main accounts on the school’s website. If he joins a theater production, Model UN or a sports team, many schools also have social media accounts for extracurricular activities. Don’t forfget to “like” and “share” the posts because coaches love it when parents comment and cheer on teammates.

Find Your Inner Geek
Let your son take the lead here on which social media platform you’ll use to stay in touch. We recommend you get really comfortable with texting (but not while you drive).  Some families may find an app such as WhatsApp or Twitter will work well, while other families prefer to use a combination of apps. We always like to strongly suggest to families to refrain from publicly commenting on their child’s posts.

Fun Wins the Day!
Sharing funny photos or “memes” (pronounced meems) is great because this age group is hyper-connected and really loves social media.

Connect with the Other Parents
Join the Parents Association. By joining the email list or the Facebook Group, you can find out about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer possibilities may be in person, such as Admission Open House days while others are off-site opportunities. The Parents Association is a great way to stay connected with parents and faculty while allowing your son his personal space.

Mix it Up

Don’t forget to send a care package once or twice a semester (just remember to follow the school rules about what is acceptable in the dorms!). You’ll find your son may also enjoy a “snail mail” letter every now and then. Mix it up with alternating a visit home with your visiting campus outside of Parents Weekend or game days.

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Topics: Private School Search, Boarding School

Tips for Staying In-Touch with your Daughter when She’s at Boarding School

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 13, 2017 12:44:26 PM

Congratulations! Your daughter is off to boarding school where she’ll be surrounded by new intellectual opportunities, have access to world class facilities, and be able to dive deeply into her passions whether that’s geeking out on the Robotics team or practicing her shot.

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Topics: Boarding School

How to Tell Your Family You REALLY Want to Go to Boarding School

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 7, 2017 12:17:04 PM

Change can be hard. It’s especially hard for families who know eventually their child(ren) will move out of the family home and start living independently. For many families, this happens when children turn 18 and graduate from high school. But what happens if you want to go to a New England boarding school when you are 14 or 15? What are the steps you can take to help your family agree that boarding is the right choice for you?

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Topics: Academics, Boarding School

What is a post-graduate year?

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Dec 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

A post-graduate year is when a high school senior enrolls in high school for an extra year before heading to college. PG years fall smack in between the time you graduate high school and just prior to embarking on your college career.

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Topics: Academics

Private School Interview Tips

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Nov 27, 2017 7:12:30 PM

Visiting a private school can seem intimidating, but going into your private school visit or interview with the right mindset can make a huge difference to your overall experience. While it’s important to make a good impression, also make sure to consider what you think of the school and whether the environment is a good fit for your personal and academic needs. Your visit should be a day of information gathering, forming connections, and importantly, envisioning a future for yourself on campus.

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Topics: Private School Search

How to Spot Student-Centered Inquiry and Why It's Important

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Nov 18, 2017 9:04:00 AM

It begins with inquiry. At The Winchendon School (TWS), engaged student learning means more than asking “What do you want to learn?” At TWS engaged learning begins with asking “Why?” Inquiry-based learning triggers curiosity. Following that curiosity is the responsibility of the student while guided by the teacher.

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Topics: Academics, Inquiry, Student-Centered, Real-World Learning

City or Suburbs? Boston Private Schools vs Private Schools Outside of Boston

Posted by Winchendon Admissions on Nov 15, 2017 9:16:26 PM

Choosing between a private school in a city like Boston and a more suburban school can be difficult. Do both types of schools offer the same opportunities? And what types of activities do each type of school have?

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Topics: Boston Private Schools, Private School Search

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