Tag Archives: Independent School

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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How Much Grit Does It Take To Be An Indy School Student, of Color?

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Grit is a personality trait that social scientists and educational leaders have spent a great deal of time researching as an indicator for academic achievement. In The New York Times bestseller, Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth suggests a three step plan for achievement that has little to do with a […]

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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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Some Indy School Best Practices!

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Why re-invent the wheel, when we can grow community by sharing what we do best! Our schools are lucky to have the insight & creativity that our diverse families bring to the community. RIISE encourages families of color to give voice to their perspectives, gain consensus, and make things happen! Regardless of your role in […]

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Interlude

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in·ter·lude ˈin(t)ərˌlo͞od/ - a brief dance inserted between the sections of a longer performance. We are about to witness the interlude of a provocative dance performance between two principal dancers, the family and the independent school.  The first half the performance, the application process, could best be described as seductively demanding. The interlude promises to be […]

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Thank You! End of Series, but not End of Journey – RIISE Roadmap Workshop Series™

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    Thank you to all who participated in our RIISE Roadmap Workshop Series™. Many of you went out of your way to make it, traveling distances, bracing through hard rain, and re-arranging schedules. We were honored by your participation. A big shout out to this year’s host school – Riverdale Country School! What participants had to […]

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REPOST – Ten Tips for Leaving a Good Impression at an Independent School Interview

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REPOST from 2013 RIISE blog…. We have many themes leading into our diversity recruitment event, Sunday, October 6, like: Awareness, Application, Access Luck favors the Prepared RIISE Lifestyle Straight, no Chaser! But, there is one blog that really captures the theme, Straight No Chaser. Not for the faint of heart, and certainly not meant to […]

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An Interview with Director of Diversity – Shanelle Robinson, Friends Academy

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1) What does the role Director of Diversity mean at Friends Academy and how does the role enhance the school community?   The Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is an administrative position that provides strategic leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion in the school community. This position spans all three divisions of the […]

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Tips for Test Preparation for Independent Schools – Guest Blog – Sandra Harbison

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by Sandra Harbison Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. Kofi Annan Should I prepare my child for the testing process? All students should be prepared for the test prep as well as the interview. For young children, the process should be short and […]

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What Our Students {Jalen. Gibby. Michael. Dakota. Emilio. & Crew} Did This Summer

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Jalen Reflections of Complexions Student Submission Form – Deadline 12/15 Hi Ms. Collins,   It’s Jalen Daniels from Columbia Prep. I hope you are having a fantastic summer!! I am excited to announce that I am creating a book with my fellow friend,  Ifeoma “Ify” White-Thorpe from Morris Hills High School. For our book, we are requesting that students of […]

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