Tag Archives: enrollment

White Spaces, Black & Brown Faces: Considering rigor & agency in independent schools

Thirteen years later, I regard my experience as a passionate tug of war between privilege and oppression. I grapple with this persistent binary as a parent of children of color in an independent school, and in my work, I am passionate about. As a parent advocate and school advisor, I am often responding to questions […]

Posted in Frontpage | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April 27 [RIISE Parent Power Conference 2019]

We’re back in Harlem for culturally responsive recruitment & enrollment. We invite families of color exploring, or already enrolled in pK-12 independent school education to attend. RSVP TODAY | JOIN US | TELL A FRIEND! 11:00 Conference Welcome 11:10 SHINING – Student of Color Panel 11:50 Parent Power Workshops (concurrent) I Admission plus Cost II […]

Posted in Frontpage | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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 […]

Posted in Frontpage, Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Square Peg, Round Hole: enrollment and independent school fit

  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 […]

Posted in admissions, enrollment, Frontpage, Uncategorized | Also tagged , | Leave a comment

Straight, No Chaser Chronicles

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 […]

Posted in Frontpage, Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , | 2 Responses

Newly Enrolled Families: Nine in Ninety

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 […]

Posted in Frontpage | Also tagged , , | 2 Responses

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

  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 […]

Posted in Frontpage, Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Response