I hope you are enjoying cozy time with your family inside as the winter winds howl outside at this time of year. Many families are currently basking in the lull that comes once school lists are honed and applications submitted. Other families, however, are confronting a nagging concern that they may be too late to pursue new opportunities for their children for the next school year. Good news—the door is not closed. Although the busiest application season has just passed, the admission process for boarding and independent day schools continues year-round. Once students RSVP to acceptances, many wonderful schools still have room in their incoming classes and go through a second busy round of admissions beginning in April.
In this issue of Bertram Directions, we are particularly thrilled to feature a guest interview with Heather Hoerle, executive director of the organization that develops the SSAT, which is the most commonly used admission test for students applying to independent schools. We will run this interview in two parts, focusing in this issue on some of the many pressing questions that parents have about the SSAT test itself.
Also in this issue:
- Audrey offers perspective and a short “to-do” list for the downtime between now and when school acceptances are announced on March 10.
- Holly explores how the factors that build resilience in children relate to school environments.
- Jeremy discusses strategies for keeping the lines of communication open between parents and teens.
- Linda highlights the benefits of starting early in the college application process.
- The Bertram News highlights summer options, including a unique international opportunity that we learned about on our recent trip to China.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at The Bertram Group at any time of year when you decide to explore possibilities for your child.
Cammie Bertram and The Bertram Team