Helping High School Students Avoid End-of-the-Year Burnout

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During the last few month of the school year, it’s not unusual for private high school students to experience the persistent fatigue and decline in motivation that is characteristic of academic burnout. Students in a college prep school are typically hardworking individuals, but going at full speed for a long time can be exhausting. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that high school students can take to prevent this common problem.

Talk to the school counselor.
When experiencing any sort of problems in a college preparatory school, the first course of action usually involves a meeting with the school counselor. School counselors are specially trained to provide effective, actionable guidance to students. For example, your counselor might find that you’re overscheduling your after-school time while trying to maintain with a demanding academic track. With the counselor’s help, you can identify the activities that would make the most impactful impression on college admissions personnel. You might decide to keep these activities and scale down your involvement in the others.

Take a step backward and regroup.
Sometimes, keeping track of the details of school, sports, clubs, and social activities can be overwhelming. Take a figurative step backward and reassess your situation. Figure out what your priorities are for today and the rest of the week, and then reorganize your schedule as needed.

Take scheduled breaks.
The solution to being overscheduled isn’t always to work harder or work longer hours. Everyone needs some time to relax now and then. Set aside some time for breaks when you plan your daily schedule. If you plan a three-hour study session on Saturday, include a few 15-minute breaks or break up your study session into three one-hour sessions. By giving your brain some time to rest, you’ll likely find that your memory retention is better.

The Quarry Lane School maintains a dynamic learning environment that takes a proactive approach toward connecting students with the support and resources they need to exceed expectations. Our private school in Dublin encourages students to work closely with their school counselors to chart the course for their academic careers. Call us at (925) 829-8000 to learn more.

Hear What Teens Have to Say About Bullying

Bullying creates a hostile ambience in schools that is highly detrimental for an individual student’s socioemotional well-being and academic performance. This prevalent problem is one reason why many parents choose to enroll their students in a private elementary, middle or high school. College prep schools offer a close-knit learning community that is inherently supportive and inclusionary.

To learn more about the harmful effects of bullying, watch this featured video. You’ll hear several teens explain the reasons why they were bullied, the types of bullying they experienced, and the hurtful impact of bullying.

The Quarry Lane School is a positive and supportive private school community in Dublin and Pleasanton. Parents can direct questions about our curriculum or school environment to our office at (925) 829-8000.

Highlighting the Importance of After-School Activities

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Students in private elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on academic excellence. But not all of their learning takes place within the classroom. After-school activities are also essential for academic performance and personal growth—not to mention that they serve an important function on college applications. If your preparatory school student is interested in many different activities, you can suggest that he or she take a balanced mix of academic, sports, and social activities.

Physical Fitness
Private high school students spend much of their school days sitting at desks. Participating in sports teams or individual sports after their classes gives students the opportunity to strengthen their muscles and support their overall wellness. In doing so, they develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Creative Expression
Creativity goes hand-in-hand with academic performance. Creative expression is essential for personal growth, and the school years are the prime period for students to discover their self-identity. After-school activities such as art classes, theatre groups, and music clubs allow students to explore their talents and interests. In some cases, these after-school pursuits may help students to identify their future career goals.

Stress Release
Students are vulnerable to stress just like anyone else. The sources of stress may be different, but they are no less real. Students attending a college preparatory school must meet high academic expectations while taking rigorous coursework. After-school activities can protect students from mental exhaustion by offering them an outlet for stress release.

Social Skills
Social skill development is important for students of all ages, although the greatest emphasis in this area is typically seen in the preschool and elementary years. Yet, all students can benefit from improving their teamwork and cooperation skills. After-school activities give students the experience of working with their peers to accomplish a common goal.

The Quarry Lane School is pleased to provide a wide range of after-school activities for students in our private school in Dublin and Pleasanton. Extracurricular activities run the gamut from the App Development Club to the athletic team sports. Call (925) 829-8000 or browse our website for a listing of activities.

College Counseling for Seniors

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The Quarry Lane School is dedicated to providing the support and resources necessary to thoroughly prepare our students for college. Students in our private high school begin the college counseling process as freshmen. College counseling becomes progressively more intensive as a student progresses through the grade levels, culminating in the finalization of college plans in the senior year. Seniors at our college prep school work closely with their counselor to put the finishing touches on their applications, including refining their essays and portfolios of work, and obtaining letters of recommendation. The application process is thoroughly explored during our Senior College Night.

Seniors will attend our lunchtime workshops to delve into the specifics of each aspect of the college application process. They work one-on-one with the college counselor as needed. The Quarry Lane School also provides support and guidance for parents. We encourage parents of seniors to attend our Financial Aid Parent Information Night and to take advantage of our suggested resources.

Our college preparatory school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA sets high expectations for our dynamic learning community. Parents who would like more information about our school, including our International Baccalaureate track, may call (925) 829-8000.

Start Planning Now for Quarry Lane's Summer Academy

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Here at The Quarry Lane School, we are firm believers in the value of being well prepared. Although we’ve recently welcomed the New Year, we’re already looking ahead to learning opportunities during the summer for students in our private high school and middle school. We’re pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Summer Academy , which includes offerings in science, mathematics, visual and performing arts, and other subject areas.

Summer Academy Requirements
The Quarry Lane School is pleased to accept summer students from our student body, but these courses are also open to the public. Students who attend other schools are required to submit copies of their current academic transcripts. If a course is to be taken for credit, non-Quarry Lane students must contact their own schools regarding whether this credit will be accepted. When applying for a for-credit course, non-Quarry Lane students must also verify that they meet the prerequisite and age requirements. For all summer courses, students must provide their own textbooks and other materials.

Middle School Courses
Private middle school students are welcome to get a head start in mathematics by enrolling in our Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry courses. Please check the course descriptions for this summer’s schedule. Our English Department invites middle schoolers to consider taking Dynamics of Critical Reading and Creative Writing, which explores the writing process and its fundamentals. The English Department also offers a Speech and Debate class. Our Arts Department plans to offer Theatre Arts and Middle School Art, the latter of which covers a variety of media.

High School Courses
High school students are invited to enroll in many of the same classes as middle school students, including Theatre Arts, Algebra I and II, and Geometry. Pre-calculus is only open to high school students. Additionally, high school students may attend Physical Education, U.S. History, AP Psychology, Physics, Biology, or Chemistry.

The Quarry Lane School is renowned for our challenging curriculum, dedicated teachers, and supportive learning environment. The Quarry Lane Summer Academy is a wonderful opportunity for students to enrich their academic knowledge. Please refer to our website for important details, prerequisites and summer course availability. Our private school campuses in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA accept students from K-12 and offer a high-quality private preschool program. Families can reach us at (925) 829-8000.

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