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Posted Sept. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Kentucky College of Engineering: Isabella Ritz

Isabella Ritz studies biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. What made you pick biomedical engineering? As I was exploring different career paths I could take with my materials engineering major, I realized biomaterials was an up and coming field so I thought by having a biomedical engineering minor I could create a unique profile for myself. Because biomedical engineering is so broad, almost any engineering discipline works with biomedical engineering. What do you like best about the University of Kentucky? You can pick the classes that tailor to your interests. And you can get six of your 18 hours ...

Posted Oct. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. by Capt. Tom McClelland U.S. Navy (Ret.) | View Comments
At Farragut, Military School Training Develops The Right College Skills

One important habit that Ashley Patterson Beaty learned by attending military school at Admiral Farragut Academy: Don’t overlook the details. “There were rules to abide by with demerit consequences,” says Ashley, class of ‘02, who now handles government relations for a clean energy company in Washington, D.C. “For example, black socks were required while in uniform. I initially thought this was totally arcane and with open defiance I wore leopard print socks resulting in two demerits. I was infuriated. But I never got another demerit after that. It was a lesson learned: Details matter, sometimes even for … socks.” Farragut, ...

Posted July 25, 2017, 5 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
The Most Important Questions to Ask About a Private School

It’s a big decision to send a high school student to private school. As a parent, you’ll have plenty of questions, not the least of which is how to pay for it. But even if money is no object, there are important questions to ask about a school, whether you are considering a private day school or a boarding school. You’re sure to think of the obvious ones: college acceptance rates; grading policies; sports rankings; AP classes. But to get to the heart of school culture, you’ll have to go deeper and consider the harder issues of high school, such ...

Posted June 20, 2017, 2:56 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

Heading off to boarding school is exciting – and nerve-wracking. And having made the commitment, your student now has the entire summer to think – and worry – about it. Understand that high school students are nervous about any new social situation. While you might consider boarding school life a great opportunity and adventure, your student might be imagining a strange new world with its own cliques and secret codes. What can you do to help your student make the transition to boarding school? For starters, make listening a top priority this summer. Don’t patronize or undervalue your student’s concerns. ...

Posted June 1, 2017, 2:01 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

As a parent, you think it’s a great idea for your high school student to apply to boarding school. Your high school student is, well, not so sure. How do you get buy-in from your child to consider boarding school and to take charge of the application process? And once the application process starts, what should a parent’s role be? For starters, entice, don’t cajole. That’s the advice of Ross Blankenship, founder of Top Test Prep and StudyHall.com and a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, a boarding school in Mount Hermon, Mass. He’s also the author of “Admit You,” ...

Posted May 16, 2017, 9:31 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

Would your teen consider an all-boys or all-girls boarding school? If so, you’re part of a trend. Schools are increasingly focused on learning styles, leading parents to ask: Will my daughter or son do better in a single-sex school? A summary of more than 2,000 research studies by the U.S. Department of Education found that the jury may still be out on whether single-sex education is more effective in the long run or how student performance in single-sex schools is also affected by cultural and economic factors. But some studies seem to indicate that gender-specific education can boost test scores ...

Posted May 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
At Turn-About Ranch, each student is assigned a horse to care for on the ranch.

There are many options for teens with mental health issues. Why would a working cattle ranch in the wilds of Utah be the answer for them and their parents? “When adolescents are failing in their home environment, it is sometimes essential for them to go to an isolated therapeutic environment to get their lives back together,” says Michelle Lindsay, executive director and licensed mental health counselor at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. “Today’s world is filled with technology that floods our lives with immediate gratification, mixed messages and constant diversions from what is most important. Our real, working cattle ranch ...

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

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 14, 2017, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments

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 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments

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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