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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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:
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!
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.
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.
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: