How do you choose a private school during the coronavirus?

By Christy Haven | Jun 16, 2021   How Do You Choose a Private School During the Coronavirus? Posted by Liz Yee on 3/14/20 5:33 PM Your child has been accepted at more than one of the private schools that you applied to. Fantastic news! However, with schools closing due to COVID-19, there are fewer opportunities to get that “final look, “ get…

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What going back to school could look like this year (Spoiler: Pretty different).

By Christy Haven | May 30, 2020

Nicole Fabian-weber May 29, 2020 Now that the 2019-2020 school year is — virtually — wrapping up, parents and students are wondering what lies ahead in the fall. While COVID-19 is ever-evolving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released considerations — advice that’s meant to supplement state and local guidelines — for…

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Mindfulness in Action

By Christy Haven | Jun 12, 2019

Last week I spoke on a panel at IECA–Independent Educational Consultants Association( in Chicago. Such a great experience and important topic. Mindfulness in Action Panel Will White, Summit Achievement…See More   IECAONLINE.COM Welcome to IECA – The process for finding the right school, college, or program for your child is one of the most important…

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By Christy Haven | Aug 24, 2018

As a Seattle area Educational Consultant, I’m often asked by parents which standardized their child should take for admission to independent schools. This is a great article about the differences and similarities. This article is sponsored by Test Innovators, which offers advanced online test prep. Although private and boarding schools offer families compelling programs and advantages,…

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8 Important Reasons for Teaching Kindness in Schools

By Christy Haven | Dec 28, 2017

Are the schools you are interested in teaching Character Education? 8 Important Reasons For Teaching Kindness in Schools    

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Independent School Admission Parent Essay

By Christy Haven | Sep 12, 2017

      The admissions season has begun! One aspect of the independent school admissions application process is the Parent Essay. This can be a daunting experience for parents but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips for writing an essay that really illustrates why the particular school is the best fit for…

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How to choose the “right fit” school for your child

By Christy Haven | Jun 19, 2017

Interesting article about choosing the “right fit” school for your child.   As an Independent Educational Consultant, I’m always helping parents decide what is most important to them when they choosing a school for their child.  There are common themes but ultimately, each client I work with has different criteria they look for when looking…

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By Christy Haven | Jan 1, 2017

  ‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets By SHARON HOLBROOK  JANUARY 7, 2015 3:30 PM Last week we had our 4-year-old’s parent-teacher conference. She’s in pre-K, turning 5 next summer, and so one of her teacher’s first questions for us was, “What are you thinking about kindergarten?” We’ve been here before. She’s our family’s third…

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What to look for when choosing a school for your child

By Christy Haven | Nov 6, 2016

Here are some things to look for when trying to choose a school for your child: 1. How does the community feel? Is it a place you can see your family? If it’s an elementary school, do you feel like it’s “your community?” In elementary school, many of the parents will become your friends so…

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