In some parts of the country, a deep layer of snow suggests that not much happens in nature at this time of year. But we know differently. Underneath the drifts, plants and animals store up energy, preparing for the next big surge. So it is in the school admissions season too.
Congratulations to the many Bertram families who have worked so hard to complete applications. For them this is a season of anticipation, rest, and renewal to prepare for decision-making in the spring. I particularly want to recognize the effort parents put into this process. I truly cherish reading the parents’ statements that accompany school applications because the understanding and love shines through as mothers and fathers craft the words to help others see the unique qualities of their children. I encourage parents to share these writings with their daughters and sons so that the entire family can bask in the glow of those words.
Meanwhile other families will emerge from this quiet season at the start of their journey to determine the next best step in their children’s educations. It’s not too early to begin planning for next year’s admission season, whether it be at the secondary or college level. And for those interested, there are still opportunities to explore new academic options regarding the 2015-16 school year.
In this issue of Bertram Directions, we are pleased to bring you the second installment of guest interviews with heads of school on the topic of honor codes. Katherine Windsor, from Miss Porter’s School, and William MacMullen, from The Taft School, discuss how integral these ethics are in guiding student life.
Also in this issue:
- Deena offers tips for productive college visits.
- Audrey provides an overview on the value of summer programs and how they fit into the big picture.
- Holly discusses the limitations of school ranking lists.
- I explore how influential the parent-child relationship is for teen decision-making.
- The Bertram News column highlights the work of licensed family therapist Lisa Schwartz in supporting educational planning.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Cammie Bertram and the Bertram Team