Your 5.20 Invitation to S.O.S @ Town.


 Springtime is the perfect time to visit member school communities.

S.O.S. is the ethical code infused in everyday life at Town.

RSVP for your personal invitation to learn how S.O.S. works and feels

at Town, N—8 Coed Day School.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 540 East 76th St., NYC


RIISE Event May 20

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Spring Open House at an Independent School Near You!

Springtime is the best time to begin to explore an independent school education. Visit our member school’s websites and look for admission events.



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Mocha Moms Brooklyn 

Presents: How to Navigate the Independent School Admission Process

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Parent Pathways: Why & How To Create Them

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As a parent, creating ways to influence the culture of an independent school community requires some insight, courage, and strategy. If you don’t already know it a top notch education, particularly one that is predominantly white and privileged, can be challenged by implicit and explicit biases. Often experienced as micro or macro aggressions, over time it is a lot to unpack. But, for many parents, the educational gains can be worth the investment and effort when balanced with strategic parent partnerships.

We believe parents are responsible for partnering and leading on behalf of their children leaving school communities stronger than when they first enrolled. Families of color should not shoulder this responsibility alone. Independent schools play a vital role in creating the pathways for cultural competency and social justice.

Just before the Spring Break, RIISE had the pleasure of working with parents that deserve a shout out for resilience and good strategic planning! Both have developed dynamic parent affinity groups Read More »

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Women Who Lead In Independent Schools


RIISE HOS Podcast Series: Meet Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s, Maria Castelluccio!

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Heads of school lead in a big way at independent schools. They bear a tremendous responsibility in making sure it all comes together under the school mission. With the support of trustees, they are ultimately in charge of teacher-student recruitment & development, school communication with parents, educational innovation, fundraising, facilities management, school policies, accreditations, and more.

If you are a prospective or enrolled parent you should get to know the head of school. They are among the many important partnerships you have in educating your child at an independent school. Don’t underestimate the value of their vision and capability in creating ways for communities to thrive in both equitable and inclusive ways.

So, we love it when our heads of school introduce themselves to the RIISE Network! Do you know HOS, Maria Castelluccio? Join this podcast as we learn about Léman, what Head of School means Read More »

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FEB. 14, 21, 28—RIISE Enrollment Teleconferences

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April 29—5th RIISE Parent Power Conference

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett


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You’ve Gotta BELIEVE—Awaiting the Decision


photo credit: S. Mignott

photo credit: S. Mignott



It’s about to get real in a hot minute!

Keenly aware of where she will be this time next year with the independent school admission process, a mom of a three year old and a six month old is hyper-aware of the conversations buzzing around her, “…all the chatter in the nyc trains is about Kinder acceptance letters. heard two moms talking about being on pins and needles this morning waiting for next friday!”

As RIISE assists this mom with a strategic jump on the 2017-18 admission season, we are also helping her and others manage the STRESS OF ANTICIPATING A DECISION. It’s true—at this time of the year anxiety is in the air! If you dared to take the journey—above all things you’ve gotta BELIEVE in everyday miracles!

The next thing you need to do is understand what’s about to happen next. This knowledge can bring the stress level down tremendously and better prepare you for your next move. Get a handle on it before it gets a handle on you.

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Lunch With Gina—That Girl, Sydney Robertson

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Sydney at the close of her winter break from Wellesley College. She is That Girl for so many reasons. Sydney is an indy school grad (day and boarding school), a junior in college, and an up-stander headed into the financial industry.  Sydney agreed to this impromptu Lunch With Gina to share her opportunities and recent election experiences along with tips for parents who have children enrolled in independent schools.


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Straight, No Chaser Chronicles

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett

Girl Jumping Rope, Elizabeth Catlett

Let’s get right to it. The highly selective independent school admission process is enlightening and stressful! Within the past eleven years I’ve experienced it first-hand, twice. For the last eight, I’ve joined many RIISE Doer member families on their journey towards academic excellence. So, I know a thing or two about months of audition and competition that culminates with a mixture of euphoric exhaustion and cautionary fear.

Families on the other side of the admission process absolutely believe in and love promoting the virtues of this educational choice. What’s not to love? High academic standards and expectations; well resourced educators and facilities; access to a variety of high touch experiences and networks. It’s all here and it is all good. Now, here is where it can get a bit sticky, but I have to be straight with you. Are you ready?

It would be all sorts of wrong if I did not help you look around the bend on this road. It might even be considered negligent if I did not encourage dialogue and share some trade secrets with you.

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Early Learning—Oh my…the things we should do!

 It is all about preparing our learners early on! Today’s guest blogger, Sandra Harbison is a thought leader in guidance and counseling preparing learners for success. Thank you Sandra for inspiring young parents with this post!!




As parents and caretakers we ask ourselves, what can we do for our children?

From the time they are in utero, we should begin to prepare for that special person. Everyone remembers the doctor visits, vitamins, and healthy eating advice, but let’s not forget how to prepare baby for life as a child and into adulthood.  Yes, it begins now!

During pregnancy, we should listen to music, sing, and talk to the baby.  Many psychologists now believe that little ones can pick up on the voices they hear before birth.  This behavior also helps us feel less stressed.  This information should help us to understand that we are actually  the first nursery school teachers.

Once our children are born, we should begin to think about the type of personality they have and begin to nurture them. This is how children LEARN.


SPEECH                TOYS                    GAMES               TRIPS             MUSIC

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