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Standardized Dissatisfaction

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor February 19, 2022

In the course of its nearly century-long history as the foremost standardized test for American high schoolers, the SAT has undergone major changes: in 1936, administrators split the exam into two...

Upper School Dean Sara Miranda describes the factors that make up each college or universitys ranking.

Deans host Family College Night

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff September 23, 2021

The Upper School Deans hosted a virtual College Night for seniors and their families Tuesday, featuring a presentation about the admissions process in general as well as workshops on individual topics. Upper...

A tiger representing a top competitor in the metaphorical jungle of high school growls while holding an A+ paper.

Survival of the Fittest: The Dangers and Benefits of Academic Competition

Ava Fattahi June 1, 2021

Casey Weisman ’22 felt the blue fluorescent glow of his laptop screen on his face as he logged onto his fifth virtual college panel in mid-April. He immediately began worrying about the upcoming college...

Zooming to University

Zooming to University

Tanisha Gunby June 4, 2020

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....

School subpoenaed amid college cheating scandal

Lindsay Wu March 15, 2019

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...

Harry Garvey 18 talks to a college representative at the College Admissions Workshop on April 28. Credit: Aaron Park/Chronicle

Juniors participate in college admissions workshop

Aaron Park April 28, 2017

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...

Columnist speaks to parents

Anthony Weinraub November 23, 2016

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...

More schools send ‘likely’ letters for academics

Jonathan Seymour March 9, 2016

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...

Family psychologist Richard Weissbourd talks with Rabbi Emily Feigenson after his presentation. Credit: Sammi Handler/Chronicle

Author urges character to factor in college process

Sammi Handler February 10, 2016

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,...

Race to the top

Zoe Dutton February 12, 2014

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...

Learn from cultural differences

September 7, 2011

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...

Accreditation committee urges focus on increased diversity, public purpose

February 19, 2011

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...

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