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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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Straight, No Chaser Chronicles

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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 […]

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Newly Enrolled Families: Nine in Ninety

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Here’s to the close of a fantastic summer, and the beginning of a new school year. This beginning signals both enrollment and admissions at independent schools. For our newly enrolled families—what now? The first 90 days of the enrollment process at an independent school is almost as daunting as the application process itself. I recall […]

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RIISE Parent Power Conference ’14…a Reflection, by Liz Fernandez

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  Almost one month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the RIISE Parent Power Conference at Convent Baptist Church in Harlem. Upon entering the community space, Dr. Howard Stevenson was sharing reflections with those in attendance. The audience, mostly community members curious about independent schools and being better parent advocates, heard Dr. Stevenson explore […]

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