DC School HUB
DCschoolHUB is the ultimate resource in your search for the best Washington, DC area daycares, preschools, private schools and independent schools. What you’ll find here:
- Every known daycare, preschool, and private school in the Washington, DC, area aka the DMV,
- Chatrooms to talk with experts, school officials, daycare professionals and other parents,
- Forums to ask and answer questions,
- A section to find Who’s Got Spots in their daycare or school currently and in the near future,
- Blog posts from area educational leaders,
- A calendar with events to visit and learn about daycares and schools,
- And much, much more!
Tales from a Mom on the Search for a Private School!
By “Mrs. Jane Schoolfinder”
Jane is going to tell it like it is, not everyone likes that, so the anonymity as she searches for a school for her child is warranted
There are SO MANY SCHOOLS to choose from!! By now I am sure that you have researched, reached out to, toured and possibly even completed the applications to some of the many AMAZING schools in this area. There are a plethora of opportunities available to us. It is both a blessing and a curse!
We have narrowed down our search for our child by answering a few questions. We looked at schools that went through 8th grade. We looked at school that went through 12th grade. We looked at single-sex schools, co-ed schools, religious schools and secular schools. For our family, we settled on pursing secular schools that extend through 12th grade.
More than the outward criteria mentioned above, we looked for a school that would teach our child to be a literate, critical thinker who felt empowered and was prepare to change the world. Yeah, ok, that is a bit much of a statement. I get it. But, to know our child – it makes a lot of sense. Spirited, courageous, determined, resilient, and outgoing are just a few words that describe our child.
Look for the school to answer the question, “What is the purpose of your education?” When the schools answer that, does it match up with what you want for your child? There were several schools that had a purpose of education that matched with our goals. This is the uniqueness of the school and the program. Every school has strengths and weaknesses, but looking beyond them at what makes that program unique is a key to discovering the right school for your child.
How will the school help your child to discover their excellence? What is the child’s “excellence”? Critically analyzing and defining what your child’s excellence is will help to define what makes them unique. And in turn will help you to evaluate what school will encourage and help them to do and be their best. READ MORE
by Dara Thorner, Psy.D, Georgetown Psychology Associates
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point or another, some more frequently and more intensely than others. When we are in an anxious state, we are simply experiencing the biological consequences of our brains communicating to our bodies that there is a possible danger, and that we need to respond. Starting with the amygdala, a sort of “phone tree” occurs throughout different regions of our brains and bodies, alerting us to the danger and initiating physiological changes so that we can respond optimally. When appropriately modulated, this is a very useful message; it can compel us to run from a physical threat, carefully attend to a sick child, or prepare for an important presentation. However, when our response to a perceived threat becomes overly sensitive, anxiety can have the opposite effect; instead of motivating us to effectively address the threat, it interferes with our ability to respond to it.
High stakes exams and performance situations are scenarios in which many people experience anxiety to a much higher degree than is warranted given the “threat” level. While some anxiety is necessary to ensure proper preparation, too much anxiety during an exam (such as that experienced when there is a threat to bodily harm) can result in a poor performance, regardless of the amount of preparation.
Test-taking anxiety is a common concern (although they might not know it) for students and parents alike. Parents may wonder why their children are not performing well on exams after the hours of studying and preparation they put into them. Students may wonder why they “go blank” or their thoughts “race” during tests, resulting in compromised scores. At times, of course, there can be other contributing factors, such as inefficient study skills and inadequate sleep, but often too much anxiety is to blame. READ MORE
By Marissa Kushner, Ph.D., Georgetown Psychology Associates
Out with the old and in with the new. The College Board recently has made significant changes to the SAT. Starting in 2016, students will be required to take the newly modified version of the test. The process of applying to college often is a source of significant stress for students and their parents. With these new changes, anxiety is likely to increase from fear of the unknown. As such, we thought it would be helpful to introduce and briefly review some of the new adjustments to the SAT.
Structure & Content
The new SAT includes an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test (65-minute Reading section; 35-minute Language and Writing section) and a Math test (55-minute section with calculator; 25 minute section without calculator). In addition, there will be an optional essay test (50 minutes), which some colleges will require.
- Across tests, the new SAT will have an increase in curriculum-based questions such that more material covered in school will appear on the test.
- There will be a new emphasis on evidence. For instance, students will be asked to read passages and decide which part of the text best supports the answer. Students also will be asked to edit parts of a passage so that they are consistent with information displayed in figures and graphs.
- For the essay component, the new SAT will require students to read a passage and then discuss how the author is persuading the audience. The essay prompt will remain the same across tests with the passage changing for each new administration.
- Rather than memorize lengthy lists of vocabulary words, the new SAT will ask students to identify the definition of more commonly used words with multiple meanings based on how the word is used in context.
- Students will be asked to read and analyze passages from History, Social Studies, Humanities, and Science.
- The math test will focus on problem solving, data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.
- Rather than the previous multiple-choice questions with 5 answer choices, the new SAT will have 4 answer choices for multiple-choice questions.