Tips for Selecting the Right College for You

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A private college preparatory school will enable you to thrive at any institute of higher learning you choose to attend. However, it’s often difficult to decide which college is right for you. Begin the decision-making process by consulting your private school’s college counselor. In some cases, college preparatory schools require college counseling as early as freshman year. Your counselor will walk you through the college search process and discuss your options. Additionally, consider the following factors when choosing a school.

List Your Interests
Some students already have an idea of the type of career they’d like to pursue. If this describes you, look for a college that has a strong department in that area. Otherwise, think about your career goals in more general terms. Would you thrive in a liberal arts program or one geared toward mathematics and the sciences? Make a list of your interests and preferences and explore the websites of various schools to assess their academic curricula.

Consider College Size
As a student at a private school, you likely already understand the value of a small class size. You may wish to continue this type of academic experience by choosing a small, private college. Or, you might prefer a larger university that offers greater access to a multitude of disciplines.

Examine Activities and Sports
Although the academic curriculum of a college should carry more weight in your decision, it’s also a good idea to examine the school’s extracurricular activities and sports teams. Enrichment opportunities can enhance your college experience.

Schedule a Visit
Sign up for tours of college campuses to gain a more thorough understanding of the schools you’re considering. You’ll likely attend informational sessions, talk to current students, and you may even sit in on a class.

The Quarry Lane School offers extensive college counseling services beginning freshman year. We’re also conveniently located near approximately 30 colleges and universities. Please call our Dublin private school campus at (925) 394-4644 with any questions you might have about our college preparatory program.

Exploring the Benefits of Private Schools

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Enrolling your children in a private school is an investment in their future successes. Private schools provide a nurturing and encouraging environment in which children can thrive and develop a love of learning. If you’re on the fence about enrolling your children, consider the following benefits.

Class Size
One of the most significant benefits of a private school is its smaller class size. Teachers work more closely with students and are able to provide more in-depth feedback and guidance. Since students in a small class do not need to compete for the teacher’s attention, they are generally more engaged in the curriculum. A smaller class size also lends itself to increased peer learning opportunities. Plus, active participation in a small class prepares children for college classes. The benefits of a small class size extend to behavioral issues. According to USA Today, researchers have found students in smaller classes are more focused and engage in fewer problem behaviors.

Challenging Curriculum
When you enroll your children in a private school, they will have access to a challenging curriculum that enables them to learn the value of hard work and dedication. The higher standards of private schools translate into higher test scores. Furthermore, successful completion of engaging and stimulating coursework fosters children’s confidence in their own abilities.

College Acceptance
Private schools often emphasize preparation for college and frequently boast high college acceptance rates. Children at private schools are more likely to achieve high SAT scores. Also, the rigorous academic standards at private schools help children thrive at institutes of higher learning.

Enrichment Opportunities
Private schools typically offer a much broader array of enrichment opportunities than public schools. Your children will have access to a wealth of student clubs and associations, athletic teams, and community service opportunities. Additionally, private schools often offer a wide selection of visual and performing arts classes, such as studio arts and theater arts.

To learn more about the benefits of a private school for your children, please call The Quarry Lane School at (925) 394-4644. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes and enrichment opportunities. Our K-12 college preparatory school is conveniently located in Dublin, CA. 

Why Parents Should Be Closely Involved with Their Child's Preschool Education

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A high-quality preschool program provides your children with the opportunity to prepare for lifelong success. Early childhood education builds the foundation of a wide range of skills youngsters need, from early math knowledge to fine motor skills. Parental involvement in education is critical in every stage of life, particularly concerning communication between parents and educators. You can share any concerns you might have with the teacher and discuss how both of you can best help your children succeed.

Preschool teachers can often provide advice for at-home learning activities. By staying connected with the preschool program, you’ll know which particular subject areas your children are working on. Then, you can supplement the material with educational trips to the zoo or children’s museum, or by checking out relevant books from the library. When you stay involved with your children’s education, you’re also sending them a valuable message: education matters.

The preschool educators of The Quarry Lane School are dedicated to working closely with parents. Please call our Pleasanton, CA private school at (925) 462-6300 and schedule a school tour.

How AP Teachers Help Students Succeed

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Advanced placement (AP) classes offer a challenging curriculum to prepare students for their college studies. Even the most academically gifted students may sometimes experience difficulty with AP coursework. Teachers can help students succeed by being role models who demonstrate the value of hard work and dedication. Successful teachers also instill self-confidence in students’ abilities and make themselves available to students who need help.

If your children are taking AP courses at their private school, watch this video to learn more about teachers’ approaches to the subject matter. You’ll hear a variety of brief interviews with AP teachers who discuss the best ways to help students succeed.

At The Quarry Lane School, all of our educators are highly dedicated to your children’s success. We invite residents of Dublin, CA to call our private school at (925) 394-4644 or visit our website for more information.

What Is the Value of Science Education?

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A high-quality science education with personalized attention from esteemed professors is vital for the academic success of children of all ages. Science education becomes increasingly important for teenagers entering high school, as university curricula continue to emphasize quantitative analysis and technological expertise. Here is why you should select a college preparatory school that truly emphasizes mathematics and science.

Real-World Lessons
The teaching of science offers high school students the ability to access a wide range of knowledge and information that enables them to understand how and why the world works the way it does. From biology to chemistry to physics, science explains the mechanics behind complex systems. Students gain a broad and deep understanding of the internal functions of the human body and the basic principles that define the universe itself.

Daily Inspiration
Science courses not only give high school students important, tangible proof of obscure facts; they also instill in students a sense of intrigue. As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace and even everyday business functions become more and more globalized, science courses at private schools give students access to the resources they need to devise their own experiments and become the leaders of tomorrow. 

Hands-On Experience
It is never too soon to begin exploring a career in science. Premier high schools today offer specialized, challenging academic tracks for high schoolers who plan to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories and competitive internship opportunities with industry professionals at top universities, these students are well on their way to solving complex, real world problems.

The Quarry Lane School is committed to providing our high school students with the science skills they need to succeed in college and beyond. With outstanding faculty, small class sizes, innovative teaching techniques, and hands-on learning opportunities, our college preparatory program is one of the best in California. To find out more about what sets our school apart, contact us at (925) 394-4644, or visit our Dublin, CA location today. 

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