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Your Guide to Specialized Schools | JRA Educational Consulting

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on May 6, 2022



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Topics: Specialized Schools

Why This Major? How to Write a Winning Essay!

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on May 2, 2022

In a recent post, we stressed the importance of writing an effective Why OUR College? essay, offered a step-by-step guide, and included a worksheet for you to record your research. Today, we’d like to do the same for the common Why This Major? Essay that asks an applicant to thoughtfully examine the reasons for a major selection at that particular university. These essays seem relatively straightforward, but can be deceptively challenging – they often force students to truly consider why they chose business, economics, engineering, or history as their intended course of study for the next four years. Obviously, you cannot write, “My mom and dad told me to pick this major!” With careful consideration – and due diligence in the form of research, of course! – you can write an exemplary essay about your planned major, even learning a little more about yourself along the way.

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Things to Think About When Choosing a College | JRA Educational Consulting

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on April 20, 2022

Decisions, Decisions

Choosing which college you’ll attend is likely the biggest decision you’ll have to make in your life so far. It may be tempting to choose your mom’s alma mater or make dad proud by applying to a college based on his favorite football team – but this decision is all about you. There are many things to consider when choosing a college. So…where do you begin?

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

Does It Matter Which College You Attend?

Last Updated by Susan Kehl on April 15, 2022




“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” 
– Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

 

Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

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Topics: College Counseling, College Tips

Now’s The Time To Plan College Campus Tours

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on March 28, 2022

For years, we’ve been advising high school students to “demonstrate their interest” in their schools of choice by visiting the campus, among other critical actions. Colleges want to see that an applicant has taken the time and put effort into learning about their institution. Why? Because that demonstrates a higher potential to actually attend the school if accepted; that’s what schools hope for. There are other, equally important reasons to get to a campus – some obvious, others not quite so.

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What's the Secret to Getting Admitted to College

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on March 2, 2022

The pandemic brought many changes to our lives – and to US college admission practices. The latter are not going to shift back to the way they were pre-pandemic, and so I want to go over where you are right now – how these events will impact your teen’s college admission chances.

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Choosing a Special School for Autism: 6 Important Factors to Consider

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on February 9, 2022

When you have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), choosing a school that will meet their needs can be a daunting task. You’re likely already dealing with a full schedule of therapies and medical appointments, and now you feel the pressure of choosing an educational path that will best help your child succeed and face the challenges of life. Should you give public school or try or seek out a special school for autism? The options – or lack of options – can feel overwhelming, and many can be costly.

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What Are Specialized High Schools? 3 Types and Their Benefits

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on February 1, 2022

If your high school student has special educational needs because of a diagnosed learning difference, autism, ADHD, emotional issues, or other disabilities that make learning in a typical public school classroom setting challenging, there are options to consider. More and more, the number and variety of private specialized schools are growing, offering wider opportunities for children to learn in an environment that is more tailored to their needs.

So, what are specialized schools exactly? In this article, we’ll introduce you to three main types of specialized high schools to help you determine if exploring this educational path is appropriate for your child. You can also find more helpful information in our Guide to Specialized Schools: From Learning Challenges to Accelerated Learning which details the different kinds of specialized schools, the benefits they offer, and how to know if your child needs a specialized school.

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Specialized Schools for Dyslexia

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on January 24, 2022

If you have a child who’s been diagnosed with dyslexia, you’ve likely struggled to figure out what the best educational environment would be for them. Should you look at specialized schools for dyslexia and if so, how do you go about finding the one that is right for your child? There are a number of choices today, including schools exclusively for dyslexic learners, schools that cater to a wide range of learning differences, and programs within mainstream schools.

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2022 Summer Programs

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on January 18, 2022

What a combination! Both enrich your life and enhance your chances for college admission! Selective colleges evaluate your summer experiences, looking for students whose summer opportunities enriched their lives, who explored their potential college major, and who further developed their skills and passion. Such students rise above the rest of the applicant pool. With four summers to fill, in part, with these precollege summer programs, think about what you can accomplish!

Topics: College Admission, Summer School, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Summer School, Extracurricular Activities