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Post #5: What We’ve Learned. Many Journeys.

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Kyoto, Japan ’17 I almost lost my job because of travel.  Accompanying my then fifth-grade daughter on a school trip to the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica was not up for discussion. Could I let her miss out on global and ideas exchange with peers in Central America? No. So, along with other parents, […]

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Post #4: What We’ve Learned. Independent defined.

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Kerry Marshall’s SOB, SOB   Independent def: self-governing: not requiring or relying on something else: a person of independent means To be enrolled in an independent school as a family of color is the very essence of independence. It is the act of being ambitious and brave. It is an act of non-conformity. The collective […]

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Post #3: What We’ve Learned. Getting In.

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This is a perfect time of the year to begin to research independent schools. To be truthful, the earlier you start the better. Kick it off with a complimentary 30-minute RIISE consultation, and attend various Spring admission events. Having spent over a decade in an independent school and through the observations of others with RIISE, […]

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Post #2: What We’ve Learned. Preparing for College.

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Whoo-hoo! My daughter is completing her junior year at an independent school, and, I am absolutely thrilled to help support her search for a great college. Over the years, we’ve received sage advice from those who’ve already grabbed the brass ring. Here are three things we’ve learned that should take the edge off of applying […]

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Post #1: What We’ve Learned. Celebrating Ten Years.

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Post #1 If you are a family of color thinking about, or already enrolled in independent schools, this post is for you! Attending an independent school can have huge returns on education, networks, extraordinary experiences, and skills that can have a positive effect on the future of families and communities. During the past decade, RIISE […]

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Preparing To Rock The Test? SSAT | SHSAT | ISEE | PSAT | SAT | ACT

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RIISE has searched long and hard for a high quality, results driven test preparation resource for our families, and we are excited to announce that we have decided to collaborate with NYC DOE approved TestRocker, Inc. Be ready, so you don’t have to get ready.   About TestRocker:  The founders of TestRocker, two females of […]

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10 Years: A Prepared Journey

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  Born of the Civil Rights & Black Power movements, I went on to graduate from an HBCU. By birth, education, and calling I am prepared to speak up for racial justice, educational equity, and when necessary interrupt systems that disrupt them. Ten years ago, I had an unforgettable conversation with our then head of lower school, Sandy […]

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Indy School Parents Who Write!

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The Horace Mann School Parents Association Book Club along with the Black Parents Union (BPU) was excited to welcome one of their own, Ginger McKnight-Chavers P’18, whose daughter is a senior at the school. Ginger is a native of Dallas, Texas where she attended Ursuline Academy before moving on to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service […]

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Square Peg, Round Hole: enrollment and independent school fit

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  There’s not one email from my head of school that I won’t open. He is innovative and I appreciate his leadership style. His most recent communication was an invitation for families to re-enroll. The invitation declared the school’s recommitment to the ongoing success of the educational program, as well as empathy for the sacrifices […]

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A Few Things To Do Now That Admissions Is Closing

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So what should applicants do and not do? We caught up briefly with Jenna King, admissions director at Riverdale Country School and asked her to share some of her insight… What should parents/applicants be focusing on now? research follow up questions now to prepare for offers i.e., transportation, after-school programs don’t get too focused on […]

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