Mak­ing the grade

24th an­nual Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion Guide is now also an app

The Kids Post - - Editor’s Notes -

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

Ar­gos Spirit!

Chris­tian Red­mann

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