Making the grade
24th annual Private Education Guide is now also an app
It’s hard to believe that yet another school year is upon us. As the night temperatures start to cool, I can’t help but feel that giddy mix of excitement and nervousness that every autumn heralded back when I was a young student. September was a time of many questions: What would the new year have in store? Would I like my teacher? Would I meet any new friends? What would my classes be like?
Since then, students’ questions and concerns have inevitably become more numerous and more complex. Nowadays there are so many more decisions to grapple with, challenges to overcome and opportunities to seize. For more than two decades, the Kids Post has aimed to equip you, our readers, with the information you need to answer each of these questions for your children. And this year is no exception. Once again, our Kids Post has been packaged as a standalone magazine that includes a comprehensive guide to schools and extracurricular programs — because we know that choosing a private school isn’t as easy as simply relying on reputation or recommendations. And, for the first time, this info is available as a mobile app from the iTunes App Store.
As you are likely already aware, it is critical to start the process of finding the right school early. Every year private schools receive many more applications than they have spaces available. Some require candidates to write tests, for which you’ll want to give your child lots of time to prepare, and maybe you’ll even hire a tutor. In addition to our Private Education Guide, this issue includes a feature on what types of students will benefit from tutoring — and precisely when is the best time to hire a tutor.
But it’s not merely a matter of what schools your child can get into. Only once you’ve gained a clear understanding of his or her needs, interests and learning style are you equipped to find a school that fits. Ask yourself what excites your child, what holds his or her attention? Does your young scholar show a particular aptitude for a certain subject area or ability in athletics? Does he or she thrive when surrounded by peers or work better with more focused attention? Our 24th annual Kids Post also delves into topics such as psychoeducational testing, an assessment that helps to identify children who are gifted or have atypical learning styles, another important consideration when searching for the ideal environment for your child.
This year’s edition also includes articles on creating an at-home study space, one that will inspire your child to thrive even without the walls of his or her school. Inspiration is an essential ingredient for success, and so in this issue, we also highlight the careers of two ambitious area residents — beach volleyball champion Christian Redmann and Alex Edkins, guitarist for rock band Metz.
Also new this year: we invite private and independent school students to enter our spirit contest for a chance to have the Raptors Dance Pak or Argos cheerleaders visit their school or perform their cheer in a video!
With a little inspiration and the right environment, their is no limit to what your young scholar will achieve.
Editor Charlotte Herrold