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The Best K-12 School Environment for Your Child, Based On Their Enneagram Type

These quick snapshots into the 9 personality types of the Enneagram are designed to simply start the conversation between you and your student. We hope that by more fully understanding how your student sees the world, you’ll feel more equipped to identify the learning and social environment where he or she can thrive.

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Common App Prompts - How To Choose One That Works for You

This year’s Common Application (and swanky brand new platform) was unveiled on August 1st and in a rather underwhelming announcement, reinstated the same seven personal essay writing prompts that we’ve seen in years past.  Why would they repeat the same prompts? After annually poling admissions officers, applicants, parents, and counselors, the powers that be at the Common App have deemed these seven essays options the most effective in accurately understanding the applicant.

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Just Starting the Private School Application Process? Don't Skip This Step

It’s still 90 degrees, Roswell Road is a parking lot, and don’t even think of getting on 285. Ahh…it must be back to school. If your kiddos are starting another year at your neighborhood public school and you’re considering making the switch to private for next year, we’re here for you. We encourage clients to check this pivotal step off of their to-do list (even before Labor Day) so you can eke out the last few weekends at the pool.

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The Best College Environment, Based On Your Enneagram Type

What does an ancient personality assessment tool have to do with school choice? It goes without saying that confidence in your student’s decision and ultimately, his or her school experience will be that much more impactful if it aligns with your student’s personality. In the noise of entrance scores, essays, interviews, and applications, I’ve witnessed families often lose sight of the “right fit” school for their student.

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Changes Are Coming to the Common App: Are You Ready?

The college application season is in full swing. With that comes an understanding of using the Common Application, a universal platform that rolled out some enhancements and improvements for the 2019-2020 application season. Stay ahead of the curve so you know what to expect—even before school starts. We unpack the History, the Changes, and the Impact so you can make the Common App work for your individual application story.

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It's National Ice Cream Day: Some Treats to Start the School Year Strong

We hope that you’re out enjoying #NationalIceCreamDay to the fullest, but we can’t help but think that the start of another school year is just around the corner. Today, we shared are some tips and tricks you can start implementing to make the transition just that much easier!

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4 Ways to Get Ahead in the College Application Process

This is my favorite time of year to take the opportunity to assess ways to get ahead before the frenzy of fall (and a new school year) even hits. Today, we’re sharing 4 ways to get ahead in the college application process. Tackle these 4 items on the checklist and you’ll be feeling like a superhero by Labor Day!

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3 Ways to Build Resilience: A Message to C5 Georgia Youth Foundation's Seniors at the 2019 ActNOW Summit

At this year’s ActNow Summit (hosted at Emory University), I had the opportunity to speak to a dynamic group of seniors about how to build resilience and finish strong—in high school, in college, and beyond.

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7 Things I'm Currently Loving

One of my favorite reads from others’ little corners of the Internet is when they share their favorite items—be it books, restaurants, or Amazon buys. Today, I just thought I would do the same. This month, I’m highlighting 7 items that have found their way to my favorites list. From books and podcasts to emails and a local Atlanta hot spot, read on for the 7 things that are “sparking joy."

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What Kind of Parent Are You?

Just like most things these days, parenting styles have become more and more specific—and thus, have resulted in additional labels to categorize parenting methods in this generation. In the classroom, I had a front row seat to the different personalities of parents and had the opportunity to aggregate this anecdotal research to determine classroom success. The results may shock you.

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5 Value-Adds of Working with an Education Consultant

This school year may be winding down to a close, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to look ahead to next year. Whatever educational context you find your family in this next chapter (looking at new K-12 school for next year, moving across town or even across the country, or looking ahead to college planning), perhaps someone has mentioned working with or knowing of an educational consultant. What is one, how to find out if you need one, and what the added values are that come from partnering with one.

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Digital Minimalism: What It Is and Why You Need to Start Adopting It--NOW

The App Store is coming for our souls. Anxiety is on the rise as teens are more stressed now than at any other documented period in history. What your phone and social media use has to do about it—and how to adopt a permanent healthy and intentional lifestyle to get it under control.

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Where's the Hurt? A Conversation with Atlanta Moms

Whether sitting in coffee shops or in round table discussions, I’ve leaned into the conversation with Atlanta moms to find out where the hurt is—in parenting, in school, and in families. In today’s blog post, we unpack how paying attention to the tension can be a catalyst for growth and change.

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Hungry for Change: Are Video Games the Answer to the SAT and ACT?

What if instead of studying for months and sitting for the ACT or SAT, you could just play….a video game? Harvard dropout and founder of Imbellus, Inc., an LA-based startup company is turning the college admissions monopoly on its head—and they’re getting noticed.

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FAQ's About Private School Decision Day

AAAIS has released their common decision day for the 2019/2020 school year as Saturday, March 30th. With less than 3 weeks left to wait, we’ve taken the time to answer the FAQ’s surrounding next steps for your family to make the best informed decision:

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Gretchen Rubin on Reframing: How We Can Shape Others' Perspectives by the Way We Speak

Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier” Podcast is one of my favorites. In a recent episode, Gretchen unpacks a sweet reminder on how reframing a situation and conversation can have lasting, positive results in the lives of our students. Take 5 and listen to it today!

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Make Your Money Work For You: Never Pay "Sticker Price" Tuition

College acceptances are just around the corner. The University of Georgia will announce their final Class of 2023 cohort next week and the Ivy’s are right around the corner (mark March 28th on your calendar)! After the excitement and celebrations of acceptances die down, reality tends to settle in—Just how are we going to pay for this?

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