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RIISE Above The Rest!

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I had to borrow this quote from my nephew’s t-shirt because it’s in perfect alignment with how RIISE rocks. Having a growth mindset can inspire you to do what most won’t—contemplate and apply for an independent school education. It takes a certain amount of grit to consider and journey through the admission process. Please understand, […]

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Working at an Independent School as a Person of Color

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“Akim St.Omer is a graduate of Prep For Prep, LREI and Boston College who has spent his career working in various educational organizations, from non-profits, universities, charter schools and most recently independent schools. He views his professional and personal work as intersectional. Akim aims to bring diverse perspectives to the table to achieve a more […]

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Open Letter to Educators

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Dr. Starita Boyce Ansari is a philanthropic advisor, and more importantly the mother of a high achieving boy of color attending private school. This heart-wrenching letter to educators is a call to action we hope is answered. Dear Educators, The reflection of my soul is in the lyrics of Sam and Dave “When there is […]

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THREE IMPORTANT THINGS A DAD MUST CONSIDER WHEN APPLYING FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS.

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This RIISE guest blog comes from Saliou Diop, blogger/founder—DaddyGoRound …sometimes it takes a Dad to win over Dad’s who are on the fence! As a dad/parent, choosing a school for your child can be very time consuming as there are a lot of things to think about and consider. From the school’s curriculum to how […]

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Currently Enrolled? Participate–Important Research Study

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Dear Enrolled Parents: Please consider participating in an important research study about the unique ways in which Black parents socialize and prepare their children for navigating independent schools. Please contact Rashidah Bowen White, (PhD candidate at Columbia University) for more information. rbowenwhite@gmail.com (646) 657-8551 Rashidah Bowen White Thank you Rashidah for being on our panel […]

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Diversity, non-negotiable

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Now is not the time to dial back on diversity initiatives, particularly within independent school education. Disparities with race, gender, ability, socio- economics, sexual orientation and the social unrest in our country, require it. Many independent diversity initiatives offer inviting spaces for students, parents, and educators to fully show up and express identity; develop supportive networks, […]

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August 9 | Edgartown Library Drop-In + Doc-Talk “A Secret World: What Life is Really Like at Boarding School”

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Edgartown Library Drop-In + Doc-Talk:   “A Secret World: What Life is Really Like at Boarding School” Tuesday, August 9th 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Edgartown Library – *new beautiful location - 26 West Tisbury Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539 *Light Refreshments to Follow  | RSVP  Hosted by: Anika Walker-Johnson - Dean of Multicultural Education at Tabor Academy Gina Parker Collins […]

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Spotlight: Twenty-two years – Summer On the Hill

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Summer on the Hill at Horace Mann is a year-round supplemental enrichment program that has served more than 1,700 promising students since 1994. During a 5-week summer program and 18 Saturdays over the course of the school year, SOH holds accelerated classes in language arts, math, science, performing and visual arts to develop the potential […]

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Spotlight on rising senior, Jamal Woods

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When he is not studying, or practicing for three seasons of sports, Jamal enjoys writing the occasional poem – he has written thirty, so far.  A recent spring break trip put a halt to all of that as he and his Riverdale Jazz Ensemble, lead by Jason Curry, toured London! The tour stops included a few schools and an […]

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6.16 – Two Important Events: ACT Webinar & Indy School Drop-In

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    RIISE Macon Library Drop-In: Thursday, June 16 6pm-7;30p EST The June 16, Brooklyn event is a drop-in to learn more about the benefits and the process of applying to independent schools for families of color. For more details and to RSVP click here https://riisemacondropin.eventbrite.com     ACT Strategy Seminar: Thursday, June 16th from 9pm-10pm EST Take a […]

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