Welcome to “reading season.” This is what admissions officers call the period after January application deadlines when they pore over and discuss thousands of candidate files to assemble classes of incoming students. In general, acceptances for the primary admission cycle are announced by boarding schools on March 10, by colleges by April 1, and by independent day schools in a similar window. For families, this is an excellent time to rest and recharge before the flurry of excitement that comes with processing acceptances, attending re-visit days and making final decisions. Make time to celebrate the completion of applications as an important milestone—representing the culmination of months of research and personal growth.
Meanwhile, at The Bertram Group, we continue to keep in touch with candidates and admissions officers to share new developments that arise, and to support candidates as they complete interviews and follow up on outstanding items. We also are getting to know families who are launching school searches now for the next school year, as well as those who are planning for the fall of 2021. Even after the primary admission season concludes, many excellent schools continue to review applications and accept students throughout the year.
As you’ll see in the articles below, we are constantly inspired by the families and schools with whom we work. It is truly a pleasure to take this journey with you.
In this issue:
- Audrey continues her series on research-based innovation with an interview with Gwyneth Connell at Pomfret School.
- Deena offers perspective on students choosing a college major.
- Krissy outlines what to look for when students transition from therapeutic programs to traditional schools.
- I reflect on the global trend of teen activism.
- Worthwhile Detours offers a profile of a unique summer camp that combines sailing and community.
Also, don’t miss Holly’s recent column that outlines key phases in the admissions cycle.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Cammie Bertram and the Bertram Team