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Repeating a Grade or The Gift of Time

Carolyn Means - Friday, September 08, 2017

Why does Harvard University's acceptance letter ask student's to take a gap year before entering college? It turns out they know that "redshirting" has some big benefits. Most Houston families are familiar with "redshirting", a practice used to give athletes time to mature and extend eligibility. When kindergarten became the "new first grade" academically, some children were developmentally ready to master the tougher curriculum, but the younger children in the class often struggled. Eventually, we saw fewer children turning 5 in the summer being ready for kindergarten. When I have a conversation with parents about whether to consider giving their summer birthday child the "gift of time", I refer to "S-P-I-C-E". Thanks to former Houston school principal Shayne Horan for this handy acronym, we know that a child needs to be strong in these developmental areas: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Cognitive, and Emotional. When a child is one of the youngest in the class, and social and emotional development lag behind, classmates may not be kind. Cognitive delays can cause anxiety. If you want to talk about when your child should start school, this is a perfect conversation for a Consultation. Complete a Contact form and you will hear from SCHOOL SOLUTIONS the next business day. 

How to Prepare for the ISEE

Carolyn Means - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

It's nearly ISEE time. Will your student be ready? Houston private school applicants to grades 5-12 must take a rigorous entrance test covering vocabulary, reading and math. The Education Record Bureau publishes the Independent School Entrance Exam, better known as the ISEE - sounds like "icy". Here is the web address for ISEE information and registration: https://www.erblearn.org/parents/isee-registration. 

Students can take the pretest in the free, downloadable publication, "What to Expect on the ISEE", find a free online pretest, or use a testing company. Students who want to compete for the best schools must prepare for the ISEE.  If you think you need help having a successful admission season, fill out the form on our Contact page and we will get in touch with you by the next business day. 


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Nothing is more important than your child's education. SCHOOL SOLUTIONS in Houston, Texas, offers educational consulting services to help parents make the right choice for their child’s school. As an Educational Consultant and founder of SCHOOL SOLUTIONS in 2004, I have helped over 1000 students find the right fit at over 90 different Houston private and public schools, from preschools to high schools, including special needs schools.

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