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Bucks County Magazine’s

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Guide to Education


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A GUIDE TO

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Benefits of a Private Education PRIVATE SCHOOLS BENEFIT STUDENTS BY fostering academic excellence and high achievement, educating the whole child within a values-based setting, and preparing youngsters for success in life. If you want a caring, challenging, nurturing, safe and secure environment for your child—a place where he/she can learn and succeed—consider a private school. Private schools are known for the high standards they set. They engage students and spark the desire to learn. Teachers expect excellence from students, and students tend to live up to those expectations. The high expectations and academic rigor help account for above-average levels of student success, including higher college-going rates. If you’re looking to help your child reach his/her potential in a school committed to excellence, consider a private school. • Private school students generally perform higher than

their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests. • Private high schools typically have more demanding graduation requirements than do public high schools. • Private school graduates are more likely than their peers from public schools to have completed advanced-level courses in three Academic subject areas • Private school students are more likely than public school students to complete a bachelor’s or advanced degree by their mid-20s Private school students scored well above the national average in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP scores provide an immediate measure of student achievement, but the report also presents a longterm measure: attainment of a college degree. “Students who had attended private school in 8th grade were twice as likely as those who had attended public SUMMER

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Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

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t Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, our mission is to develop boys into creative, compassionate and courageous leaders of a just society. Today more than ever, as a school, we are motivated by our heartfelt commitment and singular focus to bring out the best in boys. This requires us to invest in our boys' well-being to ensure that they grow up to be enlightened men. All Princeton Academy boys are involved in educational and co-curricular programming that reflects the school's unique mission and follows the arc of a boy's journey from Kindergarten through Grade 8. In the coming year some examples of Signature Programming will include Wellness Weeks, Mindful Mentors, Let Me Run, Speech and Debate, enhancements to Visual Arts curriculum and increased Performing Arts opportunities, expansions of Physical Education and Life Skills curricula, opportunities

school to have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree by their mid-20s (52 versus 26 percent).” And note this: For students from the lowest quartile of socioeconomic status (SES), the advantage of having attended a private school was even more pronounced. Those students were nearly four times more likely than their public school counterparts to have attained a bachelor’s or higher degree. Private school attendance even seems to overcome a parent’s lowexpectations for a child. “For students whose mother’s expectation (in 8th grade) was for them to attain an associates degree or less, those who had attended private school completed a bachelor’s or higher degree at a rate about our times that of public school students (30 versus 7 percent).” The report explains that students from a low SES family who had “completed a calculus course in high school were

for youth leadership, diversity conferencing, team building exercises, as well as national and international exchange experiences. Our goal is to develop a healthy identity in each of our boys through our Signature Programs that touch on all aspects of their development, intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. As the school embarks on its 20th anniversary year, Princeton Academy remains rooted in the 200-year tradition of Society of the Sacred Heart. Learn more about how we bring out the best in boys at www.princetonacademy.org.

1128 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 609.921.6499 • www.princetonacademy.org

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much more likely than those who had not studied calculus to earn a degree by their mid-20s.” It also notes that students in private schools “are more likely than those in public schools to take challenging courses like calculus, and private schools are more likely to require them.” Specifically, private high schools require more courses for graduation than public high schools in math, science, social studies, foreign language, and computer science, and the coursework is more likely to include advanced courses in science (chemistry, physic, advanced biology), mathematics (trigonometry, precalculus, calculus), and foreign language (a third year or more). Demanding coursework and high expectations are good for students. As the report states it, “Applying high academic standards--both requiring students to complete high-level, SUMMER

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Earn your Master of Biomedical Sciences in Doylestown

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eisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) Doylestown campus was established in January 2016 as a partnership between GCSOM and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute (BSBI), the research arm of the Hepatitis B Foundation located at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County. The center serves as a biotech incubator housing more than 40 start-up companies. The master of biomedical sciences (MBS) program at the Doylestown campus offers novel delivery of a proven curriculum. By offering classes on evenings and weekends, the program accommodates the needs of all learners. Faculty include GCSOM professors, in conjunction with the impressive scientists of BSBI. The program provides multiple, successful career paths by grounding students in the basic sciences to work in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science companies or to prepare for medical school or further graduate study. Scott Koerwer, GCSOM’s vice president, strategic initiatives and planning and vice dean, GCSOM School of

challenging courses and pushing students to strive and excel in their work—is a central schooling component that many experts recommend.”According to NCES data, 88 percent of private high school students apply to college, compared to 57

“For students whose mother’s expectation (in 8th grade) was for them to attain an associates degree or less, those who had attended private school completed a bachelor’s or higher degree at a rate about our times that of public school students (30 versus 7 percent).”

percent of public high school students. And reports from the College Board indicate that SAT scores for private school students are well above the national average.

Graduate Studies said, “The Blumberg Institute is an ideal environment for students to focus their career interests while gaining access to what may be an unprecedented learning ecosystem in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” The Doylestown campus is unique because of the enhanced opportunities for hands-on learning being in an incubator offers, such as: • Research opportunities • Hands-on laboratory training • Shadowing • Lectures and events geared for the scientific community “GCSOM has long been at the forefront of innovative medical education. Together with BSBI, we are forging new paths together,” said John Kulp, III, Ph.D., regional assistant dean, GCSOM and director of academic affairs, BSBI.

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When it comes to challenging students to stretch their capacity, private schools do an exceptional job. Statistics from the College Board and NCES show that for high school seniors, 24.2 percent of private school students took AP exams in 1998, while 9.4 percent of public school students did so. Private schools, which account for only 7.5 percent of all high school students, produced 20 percent of 12th graders who took AP exams in 1998 and 22 percent of those who scored high enough to have the advanced courses count for college credit. The National Center for Education Statistics periodically administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to test the knowledge and skills of the nation’s students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Students in private schools consistently score well above the national average. At all three grades a significantly higher percentage of private school students score at or above the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced levels than public school students. Below are the results from the most recent NAEP report cards in reading. NAEP report cards in other subjects. *CAPE (Council For American Private Education) www.capenet.org. Used by permission.

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Princeton Day School

stablished in 1965, Princeton Day School is an independent, coeducational school located on a 106-acre campus two miles from the center of Princeton, enrolling 960 students from grades Pre-K-12. The School recently launched an ambitious new STEAM initiative including a revitalized interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of courses in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics, as well as a new STEAM facility. All students acquire a baseline of literacy in STEAM disciplines so they can be engaged, informed participants in a 21st-century world increasingly defined by questions at the intersection of science, math, technology, and society. In academics, athletics, the arts, and service, Princeton Day School celebrates the pursuit of individual excellence and the spirit of collaboration that binds us together as a community. Our students leave Princeton Day School well equipped for college and beyond: prepared to act knowledgeably, to lead thoughtfully, to share generously, and to contribute meaningfully.

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Chapin School

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or eighty-six years, Chapin School has provided an educational environment that supports inquisitive learning, builds confidence and leadership, and encourages students to explore and blossom through a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences. At Chapin, all of our efforts and resources are dedicated to early childhood, elementary and middle school (age three through grade eight) learning experiences that are the foundation of future success. We believe this focused approach gives our students an advantage by providing more leadership opportunities in developmentally appropriate ways, inspiring them to take academic risks, and developing their sense of community.

4101 Princeton Pike, Pennington, NJ . 08540

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ounded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, Lower (PreK-5) and Middle school (6-8) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED. The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world.

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Villa Joseph Marie

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illa Joseph Marie is a private Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women located on 72 scenic acres in Holland, Bucks County. The Villa experience is fully focused on the needs and strengths of girls, empowering students through exceptional expectations and support. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, Villa delivers a global education on a personal scale, developing women with character, confidence, and a passion for learning. Life at Villa is filled with friendship and fun, enriching extracurricular activities, local and international travel, and opportunities to serve. Whatever the challenge, Villa girls work together to exemplify the Villa mission—Always more, Always better, Always with love.

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Challenging Our Student to Cultivate a Better World

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ewtown Friends School is a dynamic PK-8 learning environment. Our curriculum enhances critical thinking and effective communication.Rooted in Quaker values, we instill students with confidence and conviction. Small class sizes dramatically enhance the learning experience. Our average class size is 13 students! These small classes facilitate group discussion and create a more productive setting. Intimate class settings allow us to create a cohesive school culture. In this environment, young learners can reach their full potential. Our teachers are able to understand student skills, strengths and passions. They provide your child the personal attention they need and deserve. Newtown Friends School is dedicated to providing the best possible education. Offering Flexible tuition in 2018.

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Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart When girls come to Stuart, they enter a community that is both challenging and supportive. From preschool to senior year, curiosity and zest to learn are fed by outstanding academics and expert faculty–who know girls and know each girl well. Stuart girls discover mentors and experiences that unleash the strength within. Here, they are not just transformed, but transform themselves into brave and bold, powerful and wonderful young women. Call for a personal tour!  

         

Bus service from Bucks County is available.

Nestled on 55 wooded acres in Princeton, Stuart is an independent day school for girls in pre-K through high school, with a coed Early Childhood Program for boys and girls ages 2-4. Bus service from Bucks County is available.

1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 609.921.2330 • www.stuartschool.org

Stuart admits students of any race, color, religion and national or ethnic origin.

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Creating Change Makers For 125 years, George School has provided students with a world-class education and empowered students to be their unique selves. L E A R N M O R E AT W W W. G E O R G E S C H O O L . O R G .

Save the date for our Open House on Sunday, October 28, 2018 or plan your individual visit today by calling 215.579.6547.

George School

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eorge School is a Quaker, coed boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12 located in Newtown, PA on a picturesque 240acre campus of open lawns and beautiful woods. George School is one of the few U.S. schools to offer the extraordinary and challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, in addition to nearly 20 AP courses. George School provides students with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a changing world. Whether through robotics, stagecraft, ceramics, or philosophy, students are active participants in the pursuit of knowledge. Students participate in 25 different team sports or take

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physical wellness classes in state of the art facilities. We also offer a 3-season equestrian program that combines athleticism and horsemanship for everyone from novice through competitive advanced riders. Our graduates make an impact as confident and capable leaders rooted in selfawareness, self-sufficiency, and the ability to listen deeply to the views of others.

1690 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., Newtown, PA 215.579.6547 • www.georgeschool.org

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2018 education guide  

A guide to private schools and colleges.

2018 education guide  

A guide to private schools and colleges.

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