by Aimee Weinstein
There’s never a perfect time to buy a car, catch a cold, have a kid… or write an essay. I am specifically thinking of parents of high school juniors who most often agree that there hasn’t been enough time for their kids to do anything beyond schoolwork in months. The popular parenting-older-kids website, Grown and Flown, agrees that junior year is the most stressful of all the high school years, but it’s right up there with the first few months of senior year too. (more…)
Learn what Khan Academy isn’t teaching you – effective strategies to maximize your scores.
We’re not saying Khan doesn’t do a good job — it is a solid place to improve your math foundation, and if you want someone to read to you, we suppose watching the reading videos might be diverting — but if you want great scores, AND you don’t have a lot of time, you need great strategies for taking the test and insight into why you are having trouble getting the scores you want.
It is time for you to consult a professional. Someone who will discuss best practices for test taking with you; someone who will listen to you and your particular challenges. Someone who will give you strategic preparation for superlative results. That someone is Kate Dalby. (more…)
Good News – a STEM Alternative
by Kate Dalby
Last fall several of my TJ prep parents asked me what I knew about Basis; at the time absolutely nothing. Ignorance is not my favorite state of mind, so I did some research which included meeting with Sean Aiken, Basis Independent school principal, to find out more about his K-12 school opening up in McLean (Tysons), Virginia.
Basis is a consortium of schools: some charter public schools, such as the school in Washington DC, and others independent private schools, both national and international. All of these school specialize in science, technology, engineering, and math, that is, STEM.
The News Gets Better and Better
Understandably, there is concern that the curriculum is too heavily weighted to STEM, but not at the expense of the arts. In addition to required classes in the humanities, there are clubs in art, dance, improv, and theatre (to name a few) to satisfy the desire for extracurricular activities.