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Help for Autism Spectrum Disorder: More Private Schools Serving Students with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD)

Traditionally a rare disorder, autism has become much more frequently diagnosed throughout the world over the past three decades. While autism was once diagnosed in only five out of every 10,000 children worldwide, rates have climbed as high as 60 per 10,000 in some areas in recent years.

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How the ACT College Admission Exam Became More Popular than the SAT this Year

Since its appearance on the scene in the late 1950s, the ACT has provided a testing alternative to the SAT for students seeking college admission. Developed by the College Board in the mid-1920s, the SAT has traditionally held a popularity edge over its rival exam. In recent years, however, more and more college-bound high school students have chosen to take the ACT instead of, or in addition to, the SAT.

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How the ACT College Admission Exam Became More Popular than the SAT this Year

The ABCs of ADHD:
An Overview of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Over the past 30 years, special education schools have taken an increasing interest in attentional disorders, which are officially referred to in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Many instead refer to the condition as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), but this is merely a difference in nomenclature.

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An Overview of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Single-Gender Coordinate Education at Private Schools

Parents and students looking for a private school that combines a single-gender environment with ample opportunities for shared activities may wish to consider coordinate, or co-institutional, programs. Such programs enable boys and girls to study in a same-sex academic setting during the school day, then participate in coeducational social activities outside of school hours and on weekends.

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Fresh from the Garden: Private Schools Turning to Local Food

With the concept of eating locally making its way from farmers' markets to major marketing campaigns, it's not unusual for restaurants to list menu items alongside the names of farms that supplied meat and produce. What may be surprising, however, is the emergence of such detailed menus in the cafeterias of private schools around the country.

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Announcing the first PrivateSchoolSearch.com $1000 Sweepstakes winner

Congratulations to Taylor Cavanaugh, a junior at Tilton School in Tilton, NH, who was selected by random drawing as the winner of the first PrivateSchoolSearch.com $1000 Sweepstakes!

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Private Schools Enrolling Significant Numbers of International Students

Just as numerous schools outside the US have significant percentages of American students, many US private schools are increasingly enrolling students from overseas.

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Guide to Educational Systems Abroad

US students may attend private schools abroad because their parents work in foreign government or corporate offices, or simply to expand their cultural boundaries, and international schools enrolling significant numbers of American students exist in nearly every major city around the world.

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Guide to Educational Systems Abroad

Private School Scholarship Opportunities

Depending on your financial situation, location, and religious or ethnic background, the range of scholarship sources available to your child may include school-administered awards as well as scholarships from local, regional and national organizations.

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Private School Scholarship Opportunities

Elements of the Admission Process

As part of the private school selection process, many schools require applicants to take an entrance examination to gauge a perspective student's aptitude and his or her potential for future academic success...

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Elements of the Admission Process

Standardized Admission Testing

As part of the private school selection process, many schools require applicants to take an entrance examination to gauge a perspective student's aptitude and his or her potential for future academic success...

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Standardized Admission Testing

Rated PG – Some Students May Not Be Suitable for College (Yet)

It's the educational path drilled into students as early as preschool: Work your way through the elementary and middle school grades, earn your highschool diploma, and immediately enroll in a four-year college...

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Community Service as a Curricular Requirement

Community service, long a staple of private school life, may well be gaining in popularity among private school administrators. According to data compiled for the past three editions of The Handbook of Private Schools, more and more schools are requiring their students to engage in community service. In the 2008 Handbook, 880 of approximately 1700 listed schools...

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Quaker Schools: A Surprising Success Story

After one of the most eagerly anticipated school selections in recent American history, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, elected to send their two daughters to Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker private school that once enrolled another "first daughter," Chelsea Clinton. Although perhaps viewed as a curiosity by the public at large, Quaker schools now represent...

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Beyond Academics

One of the advantages of private elementary and secondary education is the likelihood of more extensive student resources and opportunities than one can typically find in a public school setting. Perhaps this disparity between public and private schools has always existed, but budgetary shortfalls in many communities resulting from the recent economic ...

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International Baccalaureate Programs

One of the interesting recent trends in both public and private school settings in the United States has been the increasing adoption of International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. Although still somewhat unusual, these three programs are becoming more of a curricular element in today's elementary and secondary schools. That being the case, a discussion of IB....

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The Alternative Scene

Specialized and nontraditional private schools provide invaluable options for unique students. Unbound by the government curricular and testing requirements followed by public schools, private schools provide a range of educational alternatives for students whose needs aren't being...

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Coming to America

When The Washington Post interviewed eighth-grader Min So Kim for its March report on rising numbers of international students at area private schools, the 14-year-old offered a simple explanation why her parents in Chungbuk, Korea, sent her to...

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