We are #1!

WalletHub recently ranked Massachusetts as having the #1 public school system in the country. While we may be #1, many parents find that there is a lot missing in their local public school system.

We have parents coming to us from some of the “best” public school systems in the state: Wellesley, Weston, Newton, Brookline, Lexington, Westwood, etc., seeking to place their children in private schools. They believe that the academics, sports, art programs, college counseling, and support services (like mentoring and advisory) are far superior in private school than in most public schools. All private schools are not created equal, and some are better than others in certain areas.

If you are looking at private school placement for your child, we can help. We are embarking on our 18th year of placing students at private and exam schools, and we are experts in this process. Please contact us to see how we can help you and your child with placement in a new school in the fall of 2021.


How to Motivate Teen Boys?

Apathy in teens is a common issue, especially these days with so much screen time – cell phone, tablets, lap tops, streaming video and video games.

I recently came across an interesting article on ways to motivate teen boys.

Below is a link to the article.


I especially like the suggestion to: “let them make mistakes”. We see so many students so deathly afraid of making mistakes and aiming for perfection. Making mistakes is how children learn and grow. There is no such thing as perfection. One of the best gifts we can give our children is room to make mistakes and learn from them. This is how we equip them for life!

Anne Yount

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Summer Reading

I have always found reading to be one of the greatest pleasures in life. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of sitting on my grandfather’s lap in his rocking chair (which I still have today) and reading with him. Thanks to my grandparent’s emphasis on education, I could read before I started school, and they instilled in me a love of reading that has been a great source of empowerment and comfort to me throughout my life. When times were tough, or I was lonely (I grew up as an only child), getting lost in a book was always the best medicine.

It is so sad to see that many children today never pick up a book unless they are required to read it for school (and even then they try to find ways to cut corners and not read the whole book). The proliferation of social media and electronic devices is rotting kid’s brains. I would not mind so much if the material they were consuming on-line was substantive (at least some of the time), but taking quizzes on which Harry Potter character you are most like is just not going to do much for them as human beings.

I came across this article recently about how to get kids excited about reading, and I wanted to share it with my followers. I have used some of these suggestions successfully with my own children. My daughter and I read books together when she was younger (“Anne of Green Gables”, “Little Women” and “Tuck Everlasting”, were some of our favorites, among many others) and then we watched the movies together. Seeing these stories brought to life on screen was a fun experience for both of us. This also led to discussions about complex issues such as adoption, women’s rights, education, the Civil War, and immortality.

We have also traveled to places that feature characters from books my children have read. We have gone to Prince Edward Island and visited the “Anne of Green Gables” homestead, and we visited Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord, and saw the desk where she wrote “Little Women” (it was very small and it looked very uncomfortable). These trips helped to bring the stories to life for my children.

Whatever you do this summer read!