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How a Sudden Departure From Home is a Big Hairy Deal
February 13, 2020

How a Sudden Departure From Home is a Big Hairy Deal I watch the events in Egypt unfold, my thoughts are with the thousands of expat children and families who are living in Egypt as well as their Egyptian friends and playmates. Maybe others are thinking about the political implications of this open rebellion, but…

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When your child isn’t making friends — boarding school?
June 12, 2019

There is a special heartache for the parent of the lonely child. More than academic, athletic, artistic or any other success, parents seem to first want children to feel loved and accepted… to have friends and be invited places, to have a tribe. So, what to do. Is boarding school a good idea for this…

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Five Signs a College Student may Benefit from Extra Support
May 22, 2019

Challenge is a part of the normal transition to college. The difficult parts of life are the parts where we learn and grow. And, sometimes students struggle an extraordinary amount and require support. Here are five signs a college student may benefit from extra support: 1. Communication: What is communication with home like? Are students…

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Six Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Boarding School
May 22, 2019

How do you choose a boarding school with so many good schools throughout the United States, how do you distinguish which one is best suited to your child’s needs? In my work as an educational consultant, I’ve visited more than 200 boarding school campuses, many multiple times. While I have a good sense of most…

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10 Most Important Things To Look For In The Campus Visit – Especially If You Live Overseas
April 12, 2019

by Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed, Certified Educational Planner For most families, especially those that live abroad, it is very difficult to visit all of the boarding schools or colleges/ universities in which a student might be interested unless they have a magic carpet, or unlimited time and funds. However, I would argue that a campus visit…

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How I Arrived in Holland
October 3, 2018

Today is a big day at our office– our new furniture arrives (pictures to follow!). And in the meantime, while cleaning out my desk, I found this beautiful piece which I feel compelled to share. In 1987, Emily Perl Kingsley penned this essay, Welcome to Holland, which I also pasted below. I vividly remember reading this for…

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