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    Tips for Boosting Your SAT or ACT Score

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Students at college preparatory schools often have access to knowledgeable college counselors who can help them prepare for the SAT or ACT. In addition to taking advantage of the resources at your private school, you may wish to consider hiring a private tutor. Set aside some time each day to study for the test, focusing on your trouble areas. It can be very helpful to take a timed practice test. After you score your test, thoroughly evaluate the answers you got wrong to improve your score on the real test.

    Watch this video for more helpful hints on improving your SAT or ACT score. You’ll learn how you can easily expand your vocabulary, how to deal with trick questions, and how to ace the essay portion of the exam.

    At Quarry Lane School, our students receive extensive college counseling from middle school years through the senior year, including assistance with SAT and ACT preparation. Call (925) 394-4644 to reach our private school campuses in Pleasanton or Dublin.

    A Look at Our Engineering Elective for Elementary Students

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Quarry Lane School was founded in 1991 with the mission of instilling a love of learning in our diverse student body. Our college preparatory school empowers each student to achieve his or her full potential, academically and otherwise. To that end, we strive to provide a full range of enrichment activities for students at our private school, including those that supplement school coursework. We’re pleased to announce a pilot program for our engineering elective, which will be available for students from second through fifth grade.


    Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is becoming increasingly crucial for elementary and high school students, who will soon be expected to fulfill the demands of a technology oriented workforce. Our engineering program is designed to spark enthusiasm for the sciences among the next generation of innovators, and to provide children of both genders with the opportunity to become tomorrow’s leaders.


    To enable an age-appropriate curriculum, our engineering elective will be divided into two groups. Students in second and third grade will attend the class twice per week, while those in fourth and fifth grade will attend three times per week. This enrichment program will consist of small group projects and individual work, with occasional work outside of the class. As with other classes at our private school, students will be introduced to concepts and then encouraged to apply their knowledge to develop effective solutions.


    Students in grades two through five may apply for acceptance into the engineering elective. Since seating is limited and because we wish to promote an atmosphere of academic excellence, acceptance is determined based on a mandatory assessment. Parents will be notified of acceptance shortly after the school year begins. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to follow our private school’s strict attendance policy.

    Parents who are interested in learning more about our engineering elective are invited to call Quarry Lane School at (925) 394-4644. Additionally, you may learn more about enrollment at our college preparatory school by browsing our website. Our private school is pleased to offer campuses in Dublin and Pleasanton, with East and West campuses in Pleasanton for our preschool.

    How to Create an Outline for a School Essay

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Creating an outline provides structure for your essay, enabling the logical transition of ideas and arguments. A well-organized outline can even make it easier to write the essay itself. First, you will need to choose your position or angle for the topic you’ve been assigned. Choose an approach, such as whether your essay will be instructional or narrative. Then, write a concise, attention-grabbing thesis statement. Support your thesis statement with three to four main points or arguments that logically support your conclusion.

    You can hear more details about creating an essay outline by watching this video. You’ll learn about writing the supporting arguments for each main point and you’ll learn of the importance of strong transition statements. 

    The high school educators of Quarry Lane School are dedicated to facilitating academic excellence and student empowerment. Parents who would like to learn more about our college preparatory school can call our Dublin or Pleasanton campuses at (925) 394-4644. 

    How to Ease Your Child's Transition to Preschool

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Preschool is a significant transition for your little one. It sets the foundation for early academic skills and a positive attitude toward learning in high school and beyond. When it’s time to enroll your little one in a private preschool, take some time to ease the transition. Your soon-to-be preschooler can benefit from learning how to play well with other children and understanding what to expect at his or her private school.

    Arrange Social Activities

    In a private preschool, your little one will develop important social skills. He or she will learn how to share, take turns, and generally get along with other children. You can facilitate your child’s social development and prepare him or her for preschool by arranging social activities. Enroll your little one in an enrichment class, where he or she will have the opportunity to interact with peers. Arrange playdates, both at your house and at others’ homes, to help your youngster learn how to play with others in various environments.

    Tour the Preschool

    Young children are often apprehensive about the unknown. You can ease your child’s concerns by arranging a tour of the private preschool. Your little one can see his or her classroom, meet the teacher, and perhaps meet some new classmates.

    Discuss What to Expect

    Check out some books on starting preschool from your local library and read them with your little one. Discuss the various aspects of preschool, such as reading time, naptime, and reuniting with a parent at the end of the school day. Use a positive tone of voice when discussing preschool to encourage your child to become excited about meeting new friends and learning new skills.

    At Quarry Lane School in Pleasanton, your little one will develop important academic, social, and emotional skills within our safe, nurturing environment. Our private preschool offers a full curriculum, including music, Spanish, and arts and crafts, in addition to the core academic subjects. Parents can request more information about our private school in Dublin and Pleasanton by calling our East or West campuses at (925) 394-4644. 

    Study Tips for College-Bound High School Seniors

    Last updated 1 month ago

    By the time a high school student at a college preparatory school reaches the senior year, he or she has likely already mastered many study techniques. However, there is always room for improvement. Students in private schools can begin preparing for the college environment by fine-tuning their time management skills and becoming accustomed to reading a great deal of material each week. High school students can also make an appointment with their college counselor to discuss effective study habits.

    Develop Time Management Skills                    

    By developing good habits and time management skills in high school, students are likely to enjoy great success in college. They can begin by setting aside a certain time each day to review classwork and notes. By studying each day, students can avoid attempting to cram for an exam the night before, which rarely has a favorable outcome. For effective time management, students should eliminate distractions during their studying time by turning off cell phones and other electronic gadgets.

    Find a Suitable Study Method

    High school students can experiment with various methods of studying to find one or two that are most effective for them. Many students prefer the flashcard method of studying, while others like to highlight important information in notes and review it. Some high school students find it effective to study in small groups, while others find it too distracting.

    Set Aside Time to Read Daily

    Although a college preparatory school will have a rigorous curriculum, high school seniors are still likely to find that the amount of required reading significantly increases in college. Seniors can prepare for the transition by assigning themselves supplementary reading material each week. For example, a student studying pollution in high school might wish to read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson on his or her own time.

    High school students at Quarry Lane School undergo extensive college counseling beginning in the ninth grade. Our small class sizes and supportive faculty contribute to the academic and personal successes of our students. To learn about admissions to our college preparatory school, call our Dublin or Pleasanton campuses at (925) 394-4644.

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