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by Steve Nelson, Head, The Calhoun School

Growing up in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, my knowledge of private schools was quite limited. I attended public schools, as did virtually everyone I knew. My friends and I used the grass lawns of the private Laurel School and University School as our touch football fields, often to the chagrin of the groundskeepers.

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Founded on this day in 1913, a coalition of parents and private schools began its mission to serve as a resource and support network for families. For 105 years, Parents League has helped generations of families seeking resources and educational options, and through unequaled affiliations, has produced an array of parenting workshops and publications.



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Finding the right school for your child can be a daunting experience, and if you need help, support is available. Regardless of where you live in the country, you will likely find people to assist you.

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by Peter W.E. Becker, Head of School, The Gunnery 

Our teenagers are exhibiting a disturbing phenomenon. In terms of the content of the media they consume and to which they are exposed, they are growing up faster than ever. Yet, despite this, many cling to the safety net of childhood, exhibiting symptoms of “adultolescence.”

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The private and independent school application process in New York City is a journey that begins by asking questions that will determine if a school complements and supports your family’s educational objectives. There is no one-size-fits-all program so you need to pinpoint the right school for your family. To help prepare for the road ahead, we have compiled some common questions families ask when exploring their options: