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The Importance Of The Right Peer Group In Your Child's School Environment

Posted by Nandini Menon on Feb 23, 2017 6:56:21 PM

Research has clearly shown that peer groups have a great influence on one's outlook and success in life.  As an adult, we are taught to network and surround ourselves with people who encourage us to put our best foot forward and help us succeed. 

But did you know that this social phenomenon is even more pronounced among elementary school children?

A multitude of studies have found that a child's peer group influences key behavioral success markers, and those markers can provide the foundation for making (or breaking) his or her transitions through life.

Here are some insights from these studies which highlight how positive peer influence is fostered within a private school environment.

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Topics: School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

Anjalee's Advice: My Child Is Always Bored — Something To Worry About?

Posted by Anjalee Patel on Feb 1, 2017 7:56:57 AM

How many times in the last week alone has your child said: "I am so bored!" Maybe you were busy making dinner and could not play with him, or she had plans to go outside and play, but the weather changed to an ice-cold drizzle and playing outside wasn't an option anymore. 

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Topics: School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

Anjalee's Advice: 9 Ways You Can Help Your Child Make Real Friends

Posted by Anjalee Patel on Jan 3, 2017 8:38:02 AM

Has your child ever come to you saying, "I don't have any friends at school!" or "Nobody likes me!"?

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Topics: School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

The Power to Change: A Cedar Hill Prep Family Promotes Literacy with a New Graphic Novel Series

Posted by Helen Gocher on Dec 6, 2016 9:21:02 AM

When the drowsy sun escapes her days for an early slumber and the crisp nights scatter snowflakes in a dance across sky, we collectively comprehend that we’ve entered the holiday season — a bustling time brimming with excitement, when families trim trees, stuff stockings, sing carols, light candles, exchange presents, and prepare feasts. The holidays are filled with faith, love, laughter, childhood wonder, and celebrations.

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Topics: School Beliefs, Middle School, Elementary

Interview With A Top Cedar Hill Prep Alumnus: Nima

Posted by Donald Seeley on Dec 5, 2016 9:48:42 AM

One of the best ways to measure the success of a school is through its alumni. Here at Cedar Hill Prep, we take tremendous pride in our alumni and what they have accomplished since leaving. We talked with Nima, a 2015 graduate, about his life so far after CHP.

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Topics: Competition, Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

10 Historical Places In New Jersey To Take Your Kids To This Fall

Posted by Nandini Menon on Nov 16, 2016 9:48:00 AM

With the explosion of Pokémon GO, historic sites across the country and the world are seeing an uptick in visitors. However, a visit to a historic site should be more than just a Pokestop.

New Jersey is home to some amazing U.S. history. From battlegrounds to lighthouses and villages preserved in time, New Jersey has a wealth of places to visit that will keep kids engaged and interested in more than just trying to catch Pokémon.

Need some inspiration? No problem. Here are just 10 of some great places to visit in The Garden State.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

Millennials Prefer Small Private Schools For Their Children

Posted by Nandini Menon on Nov 11, 2016 10:26:49 AM

As many of you know, my grown son went off to college last year.

The other day, he shared with me that he sees a large deficit in problem solving skills and critical thinking skills on campus. He has noticed a great lack of an insatiable love for learning among his classmates. He mentioned that while most kids are really smart, there is a very apparent gap between those who went to public school and those who went to small private schools. When he and his classmates discussed these observations, many agreed and went on to mention that they are planning to send their own future children to small private schools. 

Hearing this, I wasn't surprised. The CAPE, the Council for American Private Education, recently asked:

"If it were your decision and you could select any type of school, and financial costs and transportation were of no concern, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?"

  • 43% (2012: 38%) of Millennials said they would select a private school (including independent, parochial, and religious)
  • 28% (2012: 30%) would choose a regular public school
  • 13% (2012: 11%) would home school
  • 8% (2012: 9%) said they would choose a charter school
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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

Preschool, Elementary, or Middle School — When Does Private School Make The Most Sense?

Posted by Nandini Menon on Sep 9, 2016 4:08:50 PM

There is no question about whether or not a private school will significantly impact your child's intellectual, personal, and interpersonal development. However, quite often, parents ask themselves: Does it make more sense to start early, or can I "skip" the first years and start in middle school when it starts counting towards their academic resume?

Private schooling is a gift that keeps on giving, and there are numerous benefits unique to private education regardless of the grade your child is in. However, some specific benefits of private school vary with the student's age. Here is a glimpse of how private school is advantageous to students at each age milestone.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, Middle School, preschool, Elementary

Interview With A Top Cedar Hill Prep Alumni: Lauryn

Posted by Ruth Sulitzer on Aug 10, 2016 10:36:03 AM

Meet Lauryn.

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Topics: Prospective Parents, School Beliefs, Middle School

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