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My visit last Thursday to visit Ardenne's 5th form Career and Personal Development seminar is truly a one-in-a-million experience.  The Personal Development Committee and counselors organized a special day for 5th formers to review dress codes for interviews, resume-building, presentation of cover letters, thank you cards, recommendation letters, interviewing skills and most importantly, understanding their personal brand.

Learning these soft skills is mandatory for the real world.

I was blown away by their confidence.  These young students had a good handle on the working world, such a rare find.  The boys understood the dress code, so charming when now the average dress code by young men around Kingston is alarming.  They had a runway expose and judged by their peers.  We had good laughable moments.

Kudos Arenne or Stardennites.  Job well done.  I foresee great things in the future for you.


We have a few SSAT students who are continuing SSAT preparations and who are meeting deadlines.  To our horror, we heard that there is no SSAT center in Kingston.  That if they want to take the exam to enter a private boarding prep school, one may have to venture to Florida shores to test.  But I offer a solution.  To the Versan centers, all Directors should send an email to each school our student candidates are applying to and suggest Versan's office as an external proctor center where we can administer the test to our students.  If schools are fine with that, we would have nothing to fear.  Let's do it.


Ysabel Peyrefitte - The Stonybrook School

Shaneya Freebon - Alfred University

Amanda Francis - Miami University (Oh)

Shaan Daswani - University of Lynchburg, Salve Regina, University of Greenwich

Karan Samtani - Bryant, Michigan State

Keep them rolling in!

Do read the notices below.....stay informed.


Dear Sandra,

New York Tech’s School of Management’s free business bootcamp can help your students stand out in the college application process and prepare them for the business school experience. Through college-level courses taught by our expert faculty, your students get critical training to add to their skill set and resume. Encourage your students to register today

Benefits of your students attending the Business Bootcamp:

  • Stand out in the college application process.

  • Prepare for the business school experience.

  • Get critical training to add to their skill set and resume.

  • Earn a certificate of completion.

On-campus Business Bootcamp

Our schedule of on-campus courses will be held on the following Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. EST, include:

  • July 24: Financial Literacy: Managing Your Personal Finances

  • August 28: The ABCs of Standing Out in a Job Interview

Virtual Business Bootcamp

Our schedule of courses will be held on the following Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. EST, include:

  • January 18: An Introduction to the World of Risk Management

  • February 28: The ABC’s of Professional Competencies and Workplace Etiquette

  • March 27: The Art of Communicating for Success in an Organization

  • April 17: Leadership and Teambuilding Skillsets for the Businessperson

  • May 29: Professional's Guide to Managing the Ever Colliding Business and Personal Worlds

  • June 26: Resolving Conflict in a Culturally Diverse Business Environment

  • July 10: Personal Marketing Plan Using Social Media and Digital Tools

  • August 14: A Guide to Investing in Real Estate or the Stock Market; Strategic Planning

Please encourage your high school students and their friends to attend these free workshops. A separate registration is required for each workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Bienstock at


Hi Sandra,The Better FAFSA is here, and includes significant updates that make it different from previous versions. Common App is here to help, continuing our commitment to provide key information to students that assist them throughout the financial aid process.We have collected free resources to help you and your students navigate the Better FAFSA and other conversations about college affordability.

Stay up to date on financial aid

Common App has partnered with Benefits Data Trust to introduce a new tool called Wyatt, which is a free FAFSA digital advisor. Wyatt allows you or your students to text questions about the FAFSA and receive personalized advice.You can follow us on social media @BetterMakeRoom and @ReachHigher for updates on other FAFSA and financial aid information. Your recommender solutions center also has general FAQ resources and support. We know this is a busy season, and Common App is here to help!

Your friends at Common App


Dear Sandra,

Happy New Year from team Huron! We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and great start to 2024. 

We wanted to send a friendly reminder about the upcoming deadline for Huron’s major international scholarship and financial aid applications. These applications are due by February 1, 2024 and we want to ensure you have all the information and resources you need, in case you have students who can benefit from these exciting opportunities.

The International Presidential Scholarship is Huron’s most prestigious award. This merit-based scholarship is worth up to $100,000+ and is one of Canada’s most prestigious scholarships for international students and covers 50% of your tuition fees annually. The International Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, leadership potential, and community involvement, and it requires a counsellor Letter of Recommendation.

The Huron International Financial Aid Form (HIFAF) is the first needs-based program of its kind for international students in Canada, that offers any admissible international student up to 50% of tuition coverage annually, based purely on financial need rather than merit alone! 

As an example of the impact these scholarship opportunities can have on the overall costs, annual tuition and ancillary fees at Huron can range from CAD 50,000 to CAD 63,000 depending on the program. If a 50% tuition scholarship is applied, that would reduce the tuition range to CAD 25,000 to CAD 32,000.

Please note that the deadline for both scholarship and financial aid applications is February 1, 2024. If you or your students need assistance with the application process or wish to inquire about the eligibility of your students, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our International Admissions team are here to help and support you throughout the process using the information below by email, WhatsApp, WeChat or Zoom!

Dear Sandra,I write to share important information regarding tuition charges for the upcoming 2024/2025 academic year.For the sixth consecutive year, The Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees has approved that tuition will remain unchanged for all undergraduates. This decision is a testament to strong fiscal management and the generosity of those who contribute to The Cooper Union.The commitment to maintaining tuition at its current level aligns with our enduring goal of not only making higher education affordable but also working towards reinstating Cooper’s legacy of being tuition-free for all undergraduates. While this goal is projected to be realized by 2028, we recognize that, as current Cooper students and families, your immediate experience and financial needs are of paramount importance. In addition to another 0% tuition increase, below are ways we are continuing our effort on affordability:

  • Every undergraduate will continue to receive a scholarship covering 50% of tuition.

  • Additional scholarship levels are provided based on demonstrated financial need, with over 45% of Cooper undergraduates receiving scholarships that cover 100% of tuition.

  • Our plan to return to full-tuition scholarships includes incremental increases leading up to 2028. For the 2024/25 academic year, the average amount of tuition covered by scholarships for undergraduates will increase to approximately 82%.

  • We will implement modest changes to housing and other fees, with increases being held at or near 3%.

We are pleased to share this news with you today, and we want to assure you that our commitment to accessibility and affordability remains unwavering for both the short and long terms.We are glad that you are part of The Cooper Union.Sincerely,Mark Campbell


Dear Prospective Parents and Students,                                         

I want to wish you the best of luck as you complete your application by January 15 and include a few helpful reminders. 


Status of Your Application

To check on the status of your application, log in to the Millbrook Portal. Please note that there is a slight delay between submitting your documents and when the update is reflected on your Portal. Please allow our team several days after you upload application materials before contacting us to check the status of your submissions.



An interview with Millbrook's admission team is required to complete the application process. If you have not completed your interview already, please call (845) 677-8261 or email as soon as possible to schedule a campus visit or Zoom interview. We will continue to schedule tours and interviews through January 31.


In the meantime, I hope the final draft of your application is an accurate self-portrait. We are eager to learn more about you.


Kind regards,


Meghan Grover

Director of Admission


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