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help find boarding school

gretchenamygretchenamy Posts: 8Registered User New Member
edited March 2010 in Parents Forum
I am the parent of a 9th grade girl. She had a super K-8 Waldorf education and is now enjoying a small democratic/community/progressive school. I'm looking into boarding schools (east coast only,please) for her junior and senior years. She is a very capable student,particularly in math and science, but her passion is art and music (guitar). She will need a small, casual, liberal school--someplace very artsy that can help her through the college application process with an eye toward Bennington, Skidmore, etc.
Buxton is on my radar although reviews on it are scarce. Can anyone point me toward other schools or give feedback on Buxton? Thanks!
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  • my-3-sonsmy-3-sons Posts: 2,338Registered User Senior Member
    You should post this question on the Prep School Forum. Lots of parents well versed on boarding schools post there. Good luck.
    Prep School Admissions - College Confidential
  • fendrockfendrock Posts: 2,834Registered User Senior Member
    If she wants to continue in the Waldorf tradition, you might want to consider High Mowing School in New Hampshire.
  • jg0339jg0339 Posts: 367Registered User Junior Member
    Cambridge School of Weston; in Weston, MA or Concord Academy, Concord MA. Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA.
  • fendrockfendrock Posts: 2,834Registered User Senior Member
    Walnut Hill is an arts boarding school - she would need to enroll either as an art or a music student.
  • march10success2march10success2 Posts: 209Registered User Junior Member
    Search Results for "boardingschoolreview.com"
    Lots of info.
    Request the info directly from schools and if possible, visit campus !
  • Parent100Parent100 Posts: 93Registered User Junior Member
    The Peddie School in NJ is marvelous, and also very selective. Definitely small and casual and more liberal than many. Not necessarily an arts emphasis but all departments are top notch. You mention her apptitude in science. Peddie, due to extraordinary giving by Annenberg Family, has science facilities that rival those at the finest small colleges. Visit the very information web site at Please wait....
  • colorfulcatcolorfulcat Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    High Mowing School in Wilton NH sounds like it might be a good fit. It creates an atmosphere of a small, close-knit community with a big arts focus. I've heard the college counseling is thorough and supportive. And if you like the waldorf curriculum, it is a waldorf school.
  • parent56parent56 Posts: 7,653Registered User Senior Member
    here is the link to the consortium of specialized math/science schools. my son attends the one in our state...it is residential and incredible. each school has different years you can attend, may or not be residential etc

    National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    She will need a small, casual, liberal school--someplace very artsy that can help her through the college application process with an eye toward Bennington, Skidmore, etc.

    Do you really have that snug a definition for a 9th grader? There's an awful lot of growing and developing that occurs between 14-17, and even more between 18-22. Our Ds who are now in college went in all kinds of directions on the road to where they've landed. D1 was a reticent creative writer when she started 9th grade, came out of her shell and surprised us all by blossoming into a celebrated classical singer and stage performer, started towards a Voice and Opera college program, then got into her reach school and decided to study voice on the side while attending there, and subsequently became fascinated in Latin American political affairs and will graduate a Government major. We never saw most of this coming, but it was great that she had all those potential doors open to her so that she could find her own passions rather than simply being directed toward those passions that had emerged the earliest.
  • lilyrobinlilyrobin Posts: 489Registered User Member
    gretchenamy-If you have an questions about High Mowing specifically (it seems like you know Waldorf pretty well already), feel free to PM me-while I didn't attend there, I went to the Waldorf N-8 school literally across the street for 10 years and almost all of my high school friends ended up at High Mowing. Consequently, I know a lot about the place and have spent a TON of time there. Good luck finding the right school!
  • anxiousmomanxiousmom Posts: 5,286Registered User Senior Member
    What about Interlochen in Michigan? Its a great place.. But, why boarding school? It's not that hard to help your kid apply to colleges - really it isn't. And most colleges, including the ones you've named, aren't particularly selective and accept most of their candidates. And it is only a short, short time that we have our kids at home to cherish and love and share our lives...
  • CrewDadCrewDad Posts: 769Registered User Member
    And most colleges, including the ones you've named, aren't particularly selective and accept most of their candidates.

    Skidmore doesn't accept most of their candidates. The acceptance rate is 30%. Newsweek had an interesting article. 25 New Ivies. Skidmore was included.
    You could call it a classic case of supply meeting demand. A generation ago, elite schools were a clearly defined group: the eight schools in the Ivy League, along with such academic powerhouses as Stanford, the University of Chicago, MIT and Caltech. Smaller liberal-arts colleges—like Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Swarthmore and Wesleyan—were the destinations of choice for top students who preferred a more intimate campus. But in the past few decades, the number of college-bound students has skyrocketed, and so has the number of world-class schools. The demand for an excellent education has created an ever-expanding supply of big and small campuses that provide great academics and first-rate faculties.

    The bottom line: that one "perfect" school need not break a student's heart. The colleges on the following list—the "New Ivies"—are beneficiaries of the boom in top students.

    America's 25 New Elite 'Ivies' - Newsweek.com
  • anxiousmomanxiousmom Posts: 5,286Registered User Senior Member
    Sorry - I stand corrected on the "most" are accepted... but I still think that (unless there are other good reasons to send child away), sending a kid away because of the "college application process", is not a good reason. A little research here on CC about finding good safety schools, perusing the FA forum, borrow someone's timeline and college comparison spreadsheet and you are good to go! ;)
  • ttparentttparent Posts: 1,913Registered User Senior Member
    On a bigger scale than Buxton, also in western MA and with excellent Arts program is NMH.
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