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Posted April 27, 2017, 11:19 a.m. by Amy Anthony | View Comments
gap-spiritual

For some students, a gap year is a chance to get in touch with their spiritual side or to learn more about their faith. There are several gap year programs that combine adventure, community service and even academics with contemplation or religious study. Below are some examples of spiritual or faith related gap year programs. Young Judaea Year Course – Gap Year in Israel Where: Bat Yam and Jerusalem Duration: Nine months Cost: Approximately $24,000; check the website for details. Students in this program, which is the oldest gap year program in Israel, can expect a challenge and an adventure, ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 10:24 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
STEM-science-technology

Do you like understanding how and why rockets work? Do you love the challenge of solving a complicated engineering problem? Are you curious about the underlying laws of the universe? If you find all of these activities fun and you’re able to wrap your mind around complicated questions, then you might want to put your knowledge of physics to use as an adult. Here are a few career paths to consider and possibly to try out in a teen summer program. 1. Civil Engineer Do you care about your local town? You could be a leader helping to revitalize the ...

Posted April 21, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
military-academy

When you think of the military, you think of discipline, honor, and commitment. These are all characteristics that you will embrace if you choose to attend a military boarding school for high school. Contrary to popular belief, military school is not a place where parents send only their troubled, undisciplined children. Nor does attending a military school mean that you have to pursue a career in the military. Military school is a place where students who strive for excellence in academics and in character will thrive. Motivated students who work well in a structured, disciplined environment are a good fit ...

Posted April 20, 2017, 3:56 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
summer-programs-get-college

Summer is approaching and the last thing you probably want to hear about is college prep. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, relaxation and a break from academics. But what if I told you that you can kill two birds with one stone: have fun and improve your college chances? Believe it or not, it’s possible through a variety of teen summer programs and strategies. Study or volunteer abroad If you have a bit of the wanderlust spirit, you can travel, see the world and chalk up some points for your college application. You can simply travel, ...

Posted April 14, 2017, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
arts-boarding-school

The arts enhance just about any aspect of education so most college-prep boarding schools offer classes in the arts. But for students who are passionate about the arts and want a stronger arts focus during their high school years, an arts boarding school may be a dream come true. Arts boarding schools can engage you in the arts as deeply as you want to go. Graduates of these programs often head to conservatories or college and university arts programs to major in the area they focused on in high school. Others discover a new passion while attending an arts boarding ...

Posted April 13, 2017, 3:44 p.m. by Brett Montrose | View Comments
mentor-teen

The concept of mentoring is nothing new. A one-on-one relationship with someone who is a teacher, tutor and coach is an idea that has been key to intellectual development for thousands of years. Think of Socrates and Plato, or Plato and Aristotle. These one-on-one mentorships produced the most significant advancements in Ancient Greek philosophy. You might be looking for something a little simpler. But if mentors have been an effective method for intellectual development since the time of the Ancient Greeks, and if they have proven to be effective for college students and working professionals, then shouldn’t high school students ...

Posted April 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
stem-math-career

Do you enjoy math? Are you a quick thinker able to handle complex problems in your head while working towards a solution? If so, your love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can make you stand out among job applicants. And there are lots of STEM summer programs and STEM colleges where you can explore your love of numbers. Here are a few careers to consider if you’re that student who enjoys reading ahead in your math textbook and solving practice equations before your teacher goes over the material. 1. Insurance Actuary Actuaries work for insurance companies. They calculate ...

Posted April 6, 2017, 8 a.m. by Shirag Shemmassian | View Comments
after-school

There’s a particular piece of bad advice when it comes to college admissions that ought to be debunked because it keeps many students out of their dream schools each year. It comes in many forms, including: “Join as many clubs and teams as you can, and try to be president or captain.” “Be as well-rounded as possible.” “Admissions committees want to see students who did X/Y/Z activity.” Students who take this advice very seriously end up disappointed when college application decisions roll in and they find more unexpected rejections than surprising acceptances, regardless of their high grades and ACT/SAT scores. ...

Posted April 5, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
financial-aid-college

It’s that time of year. College admissions decisions are arriving and the award letters are either with them or will follow shortly. For most students who have applied to multiple colleges, comparing those award letters are a crucial part of making the final college choice. Unless your parents will be footing the bill for your entire education, those awards will help determine which college will best meet your family’s financial needs. So, first things first. Use this tool from The College Board to compare the awards of up to four schools. You can enter all the information from each college’s ...

Posted April 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
post-graduate-year

Another year of high school, really? Why would anyone consider a post-graduate year instead of college? But if you’re a high school athlete looking to improve your game, a post-graduate (PG) year at a boarding school might be just what you need to play college sports. Max Willman, for example, was a hockey all-star and a good student at Barnstable High School in Massachusetts. But, coming from an off-the-beaten-track school on Cape Cod, he thought his competitive days would be put on ice when he graduated in 2013. Fast forward a short year later. Willman was playing at the Wells ...

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