Tag Archives: independent schools

Post #6: What We’ve Learned. Parent Development.

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As RIISE celebrates a decade of inspiring families of color to experience an independent school education, post #5: ‘What We’ve Learned’, has gone way back. This 2009, repost reminds parents of color and parents of children of color to show up whenever and however they can in independent school settings. We know how important parent […]

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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 #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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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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[10.29] 8th RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event

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    8th RIISE Fall Boutique Recruitment Event Sunday, October 29 at 2 PM - 5 PM Sarah Lawrence College – Heimbold Visual Arts Center 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY   For the past eight years, Resources In Independent School Education has created a recruitment space for families of color as they consider the social, educational, economic, and cultural […]

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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 […]

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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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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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