How do volunteerism and community service factor into college admissions?

Volunteerism and community service. Colleges are looking for socially responsible students. Do you fit the bill?According to a recent New York Times article entitled, What Colleges Want in An Applicant (Everything), “Generally, nothing carries more weight in admissions than grades (plus strength of the high school curriculum) and ACT/SAT scores.”

And, while that is true, college admissions officers are also busy reading through thousands of applications that all appear virtually identical. The combination of near perfect SAT or ACT scores, large numbers of AP classes, and leadership positions in sports and extra-curricular activities is no longer enough to satisfy the demands of the nation’s most selective colleges.

So, college admissions officers are increasingly attracted …

Why should kids learn a foreign language?

Why should kids learn a foreign languageAccording to Parenting magazine, “A new study reveals that children who can speak more than one language have a learning advantage, with superior problem-solving skills and creative thinking than kids who only know one… the mental agility needed to switch between languages may develop skills that boost other types of thinking.”

In addition, learning a second language:

  1. Improves multitasking. The bilingual brain is able to quickly edit out information that’s irrelevant and hone in on what’s important.
  2. Boosts grey matter in the brain regions responsible for attention, inhibition, and short-term memory, according to recent research from the Georgetown University

Teen Service Clubs: Join one or start your OWN. Here’s how!

Teen service clubs. Join one or start your own. Here's how!Is your teen interested in community service, but not sure where to start? generationOn Teen Service Clubs give middle and high school youth the tools and resources to start and lead their own service clubs, supported by an adult advisor.

What is generationOn?

generationOn is the youth division of Points of Light, which inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action, changing the world. The group envisions a world in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

There are currently over 300 active generationOn Service Clubs across the …

Top tips for a smooth school transition

An investment in education is an investment in the future! Back to Basics Private School is Delaware's ONLY Department of Education-approved private school!Is your child at the right school? Perhaps you’ve seen signs throughout the school year that made you question this important issue. However, you decided to wait before making a change. 

Now that summer is here, if you are still questioning your child’s placement, it’s the perfect time to reconsider. Evaluate and assess the situation, getting feedback from your child, teachers, administration, and maybe an educational consultant.

Top tips for parents for a smooth school transition:

  • Arrange a visit to the new school.  including classrooms, playground, and cafeteria.
  • Meet the teacher, principal, and administrators, if possible.
  • Express confidence and enthusiasm about

What’s the alternative to an online high school?

What''s the alternative to an online high school? Yes! Back to Basics Private School in Delaware offers 1 on 1 learning!There are many reasons why students choose an online high school, from convenience and flexible scheduling, to safety issues, to finishing school early. But, online schools offer significant challenges, too.

Not all online high school programs are created equally. In fact, anyone can set up a website and claim to run an online high school. Some online high schools provide a “diploma” to anyone, as long as the fee is paid and a short multiple choice exam is passed. But, while colleges around the country have begun to accept high school graduates from online schools, that diploma must come from an accredited school.

Online …

Encourage your middle schooler to read this summer with the Top 10 NEW books for 2018

Top 10 Best New Books for Middle School Students in 2018Summer offers the perfect opportunity to encourage your middle school student to read.  And in fact, research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes. Even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.

What’s the best way to encourage your reluctant reader? Connect reading with your child’s passion! Whether it’s horses, football, or space travel. This year’s Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books offer some of the best, new books. Here are our Top 10 Picks:…

How to help develop your tween’s self-esteem

How to instill self esteem in your tweenThe tween years are the very definition of challenging. For kids ages 8-12, this time can be both wildly exciting and incredibly terrifying (often at the same time!).

“The tween years are a time of transition and change. A tween is maturing into a teenager physically, emotionally and socially and they are learning to take on new responsibilities at school and home,” explains author Jennifer O’Donnell of VeryWellFamily.

And, one of the hallmarks of the tween years is a challenge to self-esteem. Even for children who have been capable and confident academically and socially throughout elementary school, the tween …

What causes math anxiety and what are the ripple effects?

What are the ripple effects of math anxiety?If your child has ever come home crying after a math test, struggled far into the night over math homework, or felt physically ill at the thought of solving problems at the whiteboard, he may be suffering from math anxiety. If you are unfamiliar with the term, math anxiety is a phenomenon that is often considered when examining students’ problems in mathematics.  Mark H. Ashcraft, Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, defines math anxiety as “a feeling of tension, apprehension, or fear [of math]…”

Underlying causes of math anxiety

Poor instruction. Students develop …