by WILLIAM V.N. PHILIP, Headmaster, Westminster School

Westminster School’s motto is Grit & Grace—two words that balance each other alliteratively, but far more importantly, complement each other inspirationally. Reflections about grit focus mostly on individual improvement, whereas grace emphasizes the importance of making a difference for others and possibly leading a more fulfilling and gratifying life.

by MARK MITCHELL, Vice President, School & Student Services By NAIS

There is no denying that recent pricing trends make the independent school choice seem less financially viable for many families. During the past decade, the tuition price tag has increased at significant rates. Data gathered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) show that the median tuition for all independent schools (of all types and grade levels) rose by nearly 50% during that time. For families in New York City’s day schools, the news is worse. In these schools, the median tuition has risen over 70%, from $21,189 in 2003-04 to $35,104 in 2012-13.

by PILAR CABEZA DE VACA, Head of School, The Madeira School

There is much talk in the education arena about disruptive innovation. Due to technology, examples of disruption to the status quo abound in the world around us. Just look at what has happened in the music industry when streaming made records and CDs obsolete, in higher education with the advent of MOOCs, in the movie industry with Netflix.

by CAROLYN SALZMAN, Head of School, The Gateway Schools

You make decisions for your child every day. You choose his food, his playmates, his clothes. You expect to make these choices; in fact, you hardly think about them because they are grounded in your experience and guided by your vision for your family. There is one decision, however, that you may not have expected you would have to make: mainstream or special education.

by Nancy Schulman, Division Head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues: The World School, and Ellen Birnbaum, Director of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School

In this video, Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum describe what schools are looking for during the kindergarten child interview and provide helpful strategies to prepare.