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Spring 2018


As always, springtime brings the promise of possibilities. Candidates concluding their searches are excitedly confirming their attendance at desired schools and colleges. Families launching their searches are musing on what qualities might make an educational environment an inspiring fit for their students. Although the traditional admissions season is wrapping up, opportunities still remain for students who would like to explore boarding schools for the upcoming school year. Wherever you are in planning your educational future, we are available to help you find the schools that are the best fit for pursuing your hopes and dreams.

Throughout this issue of the newsletter, you’ll find philosophies and strategies for thinking deeply about that phrase “best fit.” Whether a day or boarding school, independent secondary schools are increasingly looking at this question through the lens of understanding a student’s character and supporting wellness. The same is true at colleges and universities. Every school community seeks to serve its students with the right balance of support and challenge. And with the world constantly changing, our educational institutions innovate creative strategies for helping emerging young adults achieve their potential.

In this issue:

  • We reprint Holly’s article, recently published nationally by the Independent Educational Consultants Association, that reveals the value of keeping the details of a school search private.
  • Deena recommends ways parents can help students with learning differences prepare to advocate for themselves in college.
  • Peter Gilbert, Director of Admissions, discusses character at Salisbury School in Connecticut.
  • Audrey continues to explore how boarding schools are assessing character in the admissions process.
  • Jeremy identifies how parents can help teens unplug by modeling digital boundaries themselves.
  • In Bertram News, Holly offers a short profile of my career in this field. 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Cammie Bertram and the Bertram Team

The Big Picture

Beginning in their children’s infancy, parents find peers to be a valued source of... read more

College Bound

The transition to college, which is challenging for all young adults, has additional layers for... read more

From the Quad

Expanding scientific research about connections between cognitive and noncognitive skills is creating new opportunities to discuss core values. Boarding schools have long recognized the relationship between character and the pursuit of... read more

The Right Road

As recent psychological research has reached mainstream vernacular, Thomas Sheppard, Dean of Enrollment Management at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, has noticed that boarding school candidates, through essays or interviews, are... read more

The Flip Side

From the Gutenberg printing press to television, innovations in media have always sparked dramatic changes in society. Yet no previous media has pervaded daily life as quickly as the smartphone. This technology was first released in 2000. By 2017, according to the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans had smartphones. Coinciding with the rise in popularity of this device is a significant increase in the amount of time people spend online—and concern about how these trends may... read more

Bertram News

Cammie’s receipt of the 2017 Everett E. Gourley Award from the Enrollment Management Association, the nation’s premier professional organization for those who work in independent school admissions and management, is an opportunity to reflect further on an impressive career.

Over the last 23 years, Camille M. Bertram, founder of The Bertram Group, has helped hundreds of families navigate the complex world of educational offerings to find the best fit for their... read more

Worthwhile Detours

Psychologist Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, and social networking. Her popular writing offers perspective on how we can make the most of technology, while also celebrating the essential qualities of being human. Recent books include Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, published in November 2017, and the New... read more