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Winter 2010

Although snow days and winter break cause many families and students to "hibernate", we at Bertram are already thinking about the sunny possibilities ahead. We're here to help you prepare for those important milestones of the spring season.

This month we launched our new blog, "From the Quad", so you have a new way to gain the edge -- The Bertram Edge -- in achieving educational excellence. Our seasoned team of educational advisors will be offering their perspectives on college and graduate school admissions, independent day and boarding schools, as well as special needs education options. Please be sure to comment on our posts and give us suggestions for future topics!

Cammie Bertram and The Bertram Team
191 Post Road West, Westport, Connecticut 06880

Signs and Signals

What will education look like in the next decade? Read some predictions here along with ways that new economic realities are changing "old rules."

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that today's youth spend more than 7 hours each day using electronic media. And because they multi-task, they may actually be packing more than 10 hours of media into that time. Need to unplug?... read more

The Right Road

Are you imparting stillness in your household? The digital age has created an "always connected" mentality but stillness is essential for adolescent development according to this psychologist. Watch this brief video to learn why.

School will be out for the summer before you know it. Save yourself from the stresses of last minute planning by... read more

Our (Green) Footprints

Jeremy McGeorge, who joined the Bertram team in 2009, is heading up our new Sustainable Education division.

The green job sector is poised for explosive growth and many colleges and graduate schools have expanded their offerings.

For this month's news on new sustainability degrees and trends see "The Socially Responsible Highway" below.

We have also begun an internal effort at Bertram to... read more

The Savvy Guide

When a teen "launches," it can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences that a family can have. However, more often than not it is a time of stress, anxiety, despair, and doubt...and that's just for the parents! The "family life cycle" phase of launching is a pivotal milestone for which most families need to prepare in advance. It redefines everyone's role including the teen to young adult, the parents to Empty Nesters, the siblings to new roles and... read more

Off the Beaten Path

In UC Berkeley's Rhetoric department, students can learn how to argue with Judge Judy. For other obscure college courses, check out this site.... read more

The Compass

March - April

  • Spring break can be a great time to begin college visits with your 11th grader if you haven't already begun the process.
  • When your child starts to hear from colleges in April consult us for decision-making advice.
  • Register for standardized tests. You can find the SAT and Subject Test schedule here.
  • Schedule a FLEX test (
  • ... read more
The Socially-Responsible Highway: A Greener Route

The Sierra Club publishes an annual list of "Cool Schools", based on their sustainability practices.Here is the 2009 ranking.

Contact us to find out which of these would be the best fit for your child's academic interests and profile.... read more