Zooming to University

Zooming to University

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges have been making significant changes to the admissions process. So far, the change in policy to optional standardized testing has sparked controversy. The cancellation of overseas summer activities for students has caused many students to panic. Activities such as sports tournaments, volunteering trips and fellowships, have been […]

School subpoenaed amid college cheating scandal

Amid the college admissions cheating scandal, the school received subpoenas to provide prosecutors with records of two alumni March 14, Head of Communications Ari Engelberg ’89 said. The scandal broke March 12, when U.S. Federal Prosecutors from the District of Massachusetts indicted more than 50 people for participating in a scheme to gain admission for […]

Juniors participate in college admissions workshop

Juniors participate in college admissions workshop

Admissions personnel from 46 colleges and universities participated in a college admissions workshop hosted at the Upper School on Thursday evening. The workshop was designed to educate students and parents on the realities of the college admissions process. “The goal of the program is that there are no right answers, and that it’s a very […]

Columnist speaks to parents

The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni urged parents of the Class of 2018 to understand the nominal importance of prestigious college acceptance Nov. 14 in a discussion in Taper Gym. Bruni spoke about his most recent book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” “[Bruni] was superb,” President Rick Commons said. “The way […]

More schools send ‘likely’ letters for academics

A sizeable number of colleges and universities sent out “likely” or acceptance letters for academics rather than athletics more than a month before April 1, the expected date by which almost all colleges notify Regular Decision applicants of their decisions. Though this isn’t the first year this has happened, more colleges than ever sent out […]

Author urges character to factor in college process

Author urges character to factor in college process

Family psychologist Richard Weissbourd, a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the lead author of a new report calling for less competition and pressure surrounding college admissions, visited the school Feb. 3 to discuss the moral development of teenagers. He urged faculty and parents to foster an ethics-centric student body, but was […]

Race to the top

The first thing Avery* ’13 did after finding out that she had been accepted to college was buy a school sweatshirt. A week later, it was buried under a pile of laundry and dirty socks in her closet. “I stopped wearing it because I was tired of the comments,” Avery said. “I felt self-conscious. Usually […]

Learn from cultural differences

By Micah Sperling I’ve always loved everything Japanese. From samurai to sashimi, the history, culture and food of the “Land of the Rising Sun” have fascinated me my entire life. So when Chase Basich ’11 told me about a Japanese-American “cultural exchange,” I was immediately interested. The program, High School Diplomats, takes 40 American high […]

Accreditation committee urges focus on increased diversity, public purpose

By Daniel Rothberg A committee of California educators recommended that the school increase diversity and advance its “public purpose” at a faculty and staff meeting in Saperstein Theater Feb. 16. Over the course of their four-day visit, the committee completed an accreditation report for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges/California Association for Independent Schools. […]

Dean gives up New York state of mind

By David Kolin  While she was living in New York, Upper School Dean Tamar Adegbile used her car horn all the time, but she no longer uses it. “When the light changes here, people don’t move automatically,” Adegbile said. “In New York, people step on the gas as soon as the light changes, and if […]