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Cavellier, Matt – Independent School, 2017
For decades now, Shattuck-St. Mary's School (Minnesota) has worked tirelessly to support students as they pursue their passions. In particular, the Centers of Excellence--nine programs in which students can dive deeply into areas of personal interest--allow students to fulfill the traditionally rigorous preparatory school curriculum while…
Descriptors: Private Schools, High School Students, Majors (Students), Student Interests
Allen, Kent – Independent School, 2017
The chances of lightning striking twice are infinitesimal, at best. What are the odds, in middle age, of being struck with a jarring bolt of figurative lightning, then a few months later being an eyewitness as the same sizzle in the sky jolts a group of students--those decision-makers of tomorrow? The author describes two experiences that proved…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Inclusion, Boarding Schools, Cultural Pluralism
Kalin, Mike – Independent School, 2017
While the allure of Silicon Valley undoubtedly attracts students, the declining interest in the humanities at both the secondary and postsecondary levels is primarily a self-inflicted wound. Many educators often employ teaching methods that alienate students and make them feel as though the only reason for reading literature or studying history is…
Descriptors: Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Educational Trends, Teaching Methods
Brackett, Marc A. – Independent School, 2016
In this article, students were asked to describe in their own words via the Emotion Revolution study, the three emotions they felt most often each day at school. The top three feelings were: tired, bored, and stressed. Next, students were asked to describe in their own words how they wanted to feel at school each day. The top three emotions listed…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Emotional Response, Student Attitudes
Stewart, Sarah – Independent School, 2016
Eagle Rock, a high school for 15- to 18-year-olds, serves 72 students at risk for dropping out of school. Most come from families who cannot afford any other options. The school provides full scholarships for all students and accepts only students who have not succeeded in traditional settings and want to attend the school. Its programs are…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Boarding Schools, Professional Development, High Schools
Gross, Karen – Independent School, 2016
"Lady Lucy's Quest" (Shires Press) is a story about a feisty young girl in the Middle Ages who wants to become a Knight of the Round Table. The initial reaction of her family, the townspeople, and the knights is, stated simply, "no way." But Lucy perseveres and meets the three challenges of knighthood presented to her, albeit…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Books, Illustrations, Story Telling
Stewart, Sarah – Independent School, 2016
Thirty-two Catholic Cristo Rey schools, all independently owned and operated, serve 9,953 students in grades 9-12. Cristo Rey calls itself "the largest network of high schools in the United States whose enrollment is limited to low-income youth." Students' average family income is $35,000; 97 percent are students of color. To fund the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Catholic Schools, High Schools, Low Income Groups
Stewart, Sarah – Independent School, 2015
Two-thirds of high school students get less than eight to 10 hours of sleep per night according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sleep deprivation in teens has been linked to poor academic performance, reduced immunity, obesity, ADD-like symptoms, and even drug and alcohol use. For years, experts have said that early school…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Sleep, High School Students, Child Health
Hume, Natania – Independent School, 2015
Context is everything. Very little in art or in history (or in life) happens in isolation, although works of art and events in history have been studied this way. This is especially true of the arts, which are so intrinsically connected to the cultures from which they emerge. This essential interconnectivity was also the premise behind the design…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Art Education, Classroom Design, Student Projects