Our Students Are Prepared for High School...and Beyond

Posted by Laura Kang on Jan 12, 2018 10:18:39 AM

It’s January!  Here at East Woods, our eighth grade students, their parents, and our faculty and administration are very focused on an important watershed moment in their EWS careers:  the secondary school application process.  The time spent on high school placement is always a time for perspiration and bated breath as we send off the lovingly prepared application portfolios for each eighth grader, a product of hours of work by the students, their parents, and our staff.  As our work on this diminishes, the secondary school admissions committees go into overdrive as they receive applications.


East Woods graduates have always attended prestigious boarding schools, local independent day schools, parochial schools and the top academic tracks at the public high schools in their home districts. This golden tradition continues into the present day. Our students are eagerly sought after by outstanding secondary schools.  Some of the independent schools EWS graduates have been accepted to in the last five years are:  Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, Portledge School, Friends Academy, Hotchkiss, Taft, Millbrook, Groton and Chaminade. 

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Benefits of a School That Ends in 8th Grade

Posted by Laura Kang on Dec 11, 2017 1:47:32 PM

At East Woods, we believe very strongly in the benefits of a school that begins in Pre-Nursery and ends in Eighth Grade. Why?

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Topics: benefits of private school, benefits of school ending in 8th grade

Small School Benefits: Is a Small School Really Better?

Posted by Amanda Laserson on Nov 14, 2017 2:52:37 PM

With many schools bursting at the seams with students, there are a lot of families who would rather see their child in a school with smaller class sizes. But is choosing a small school really the best decision?

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Teaching Kindness: Kind Teachers Create Kind Students

Posted by Laura Kang on Nov 1, 2017 4:53:16 PM

 There is a small, but growing body of research that is beginning to show that teachers are uniquely poised to help students develop prosocial (positive) behaviors. Teaching kindness in the classroom setting can redirect inappropriate and unkind behaviors.  Direct, unkind actions towards other children can be seen in children as young as three, including exclusionary behavior. Children may have seen these behaviors modeled in the home or in other settings, and they can bring them into the school experience. At three, these actions range from a child putting his hands over his ears to show, “I’m not listening to you” to pushing or hitting.

If students are not stopped and taught a prosocial behavior in the moment one of these actions occurs, a pattern of aggression can continue. This is why at East Woods we believe teaching prosocial behaviors begins with our youngest students and continues through Lower and Upper School. 

To put it plainly, we teach kindness because we model kindness.

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Topics: benefits of private school, social-emotional learning, teaching kindness, experts in early education

Does My Teacher Like Me? And, Why Does This Question Matter?

Posted by Laura Kang on Oct 26, 2017 11:27:49 AM

At East Woods School, we have just completed our first round of parent conferences for the academic year. Our teachers talked with parents about each student’s academic progress, of course, but in most cases, also discussed social-emotional learning and development.

Gone are the days of treating students as disembodied brains. All the recent brain research of the last fifteen years has underscored the importance of emotional and social connection in promoting learning.

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Is Private School Worth It?

Posted by Amanda Laserson on Oct 10, 2017 12:12:34 PM

Why should you choose a private school, or...is private school worth it?

In a word: yes!  This article provides you with a detailed look at the benefits of sending your child to a private school.

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