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Brendan Schneider

Brendan is the Director of Advancement at Sewickley Academy.
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What's the Difference between a Merit Scholarship and Need-Based Financial Aid?

Small classes sizes, a truly dedicated faculty and staff, access to competitive sports teams, and world-class art programs are some of the many reasons that families choose independent schools each year. The decision to attend an independent school also includes the responsibility of the family to pay tuition. While independent schools recognize that the family has the primary responsibility to pay tuition, most schools have some sort of financial aid program to help families that would otherwise be unable to afford an independent school.

It’s true that the financial aid process can be confusing, forcing a family to learn a new vocabulary, pay attention to deadlines, and try to understand a completely foreign process. Financial aid at independent schools falls into one of two categories: merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. There are many differences between these two types of aid, and I’d like to help you better understand them.

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet


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Topics: General

Parent's Guide and Tutorial for Twitter

At Sewickley Academy we’ve seen steady growth in the number of our students who use Twitter. We’ve also seen a decrease in the number of our students who are participating on Facebook - maybe it’s because of the increase in the number of their parents and grandparents who are now using Facebook.
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Topics: Social Media

#SAHelpsOut: 2015 Day of Service

On Friday, April 10, Sewickley Academy had its fourth annual Day of Service, a full school day committed to service projects both on and off campus throughout Allegheny County. All members of the Academy community – students, faculty, staff, and administration – volunteered to make a positive impact. Check out some of the day’s projects through the eyes of those volunteering and the #sahelpsout feed:

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Topics: General

9 Valentine's Day Box Ideas

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - a time for candy hearts, chocolate kisses, Valentine's Day cards, and something to put them in, a Valentine's Day box! 

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Topics: Parenting

The Real Social Media on 9/11


I remember the incredibly blue sky, probably the most beautiful blue sky I have ever seen.

I remember the scarce, wispy white clouds dotting the horizon.

I remember the clean, crisp, cool air fill my lungs.

I remember the exact spot were I was standing when I heard that a plane flew into the first tower of the World Trade Center.

I remember standing in the parking lot outside of the dormitory where I lived at the boarding school where I worked at the time. I remember looking at my apartment on the second floor thinking of my wife.

I remember Todd Weaver.

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A Screencast from Sewickley Academy about How to Search Twitter

In this screencast, Sewickley Academy's Director of Admission and Financial Aid Brendan Schneider will show you how to search Twitter for people, terms, and your school's name.

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5 Things To Do Before You Apply for Financial Aid

Most independent schools offer some sort of need-based financial aid as a way to help families who would be unable to attend the school otherwise. To ensure that you have the best chance in being considered for financial aid, it is always prudent to complete your financial aid application as early as possible. To that end, I’d like to offer five things to do before you apply for financial aid.
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A Life-Changing Experience At the People Of Color Conference (PoCC)

In December 2011, 11 representatives from Sewickley Academy, including faculty, staff, and students, attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Philadelphia. SDLC convenes student leaders from across the U.S. and uses issues of personal identity and social justice to develop 21st century skills. PoCC is the flagship of the National Association of Independent School’s equity and justice initiatives and is a conference that provides social and professional support for people of color as they pursue strategies for success and leadership in independent schools.

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7 Questions with Pat Bassett

Patrick F. Bassett became the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in August 2001. NAIS, a membership organization of more than 1,400 independent (private) schools and associations of schools in the U.S. and 250 affiliated schools and associations internationally, is the “national voice for independent schools and the center for collective action on their behalf,” providing advocacy for independent K-12 college-prep education, research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders.

Pat Bassett began his career in independent schools in 1970 as an English teacher, lacrosse coach, and dorm parent at Woodberry Forrest School (Virginia), an all boys boarding school. In 1980, he became headmaster of an all girls school, Stuart Hall (Virginia), where he remained until 1989, when he was appointed head of school at Pomfret School (Connecticut). From 1993-2001, Bassett was the president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). He is an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University.
We’re honored that Pat took time from his busy schedule to begin our 7 question interview series:
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Topics: Education

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