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A Private School in Washington, D.C. Appeals to Conservative Students & Their Families

the heights private school for boysImagine starting your school day off in a blazer, standing up in class with your classmates, and saying the Hail Mary. After praying, you can finally take off your jacket, and then it’s time for some light reading from a 14th-century English romance book, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It sounds a little strange to me, but for the boys who attend the Heights School in Washington, D.C., this is a completely normal day.

The Heights School is a conservative private school for boys in grades 3-12 in the nation’s capital that is affiliated with Opus Dei, a sect of the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1969 and has quickly become very popular among conservative Catholics, like politician Rick Santorum, who sent two of his sons to the school.

“I’ve got just one job as a dad,” said Pat Kilner, a father of nine who has sent his four sons to the Heights School. “And that’s to get these kids, who are gifts to me, to heaven, so they can be in the eternal presence of the Lord. And none of my kids has left the church.”

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Catholic School Student Runs Illegal Library from Her Locker

Sometimes it makes sense to ban a book from a school library. For example, students should not be reading books about building bombs or any other form of violence in a library that students have access to.

However, does it make sense to ban books such as The Canterbury Tales, Paradis Lost, and Animal Farm? Evidently, one private Catholic school seems to think so because these books go against the school’s religious beliefs.

One student at the school, who is known only by her alias, Nekochan, decided to take action. She recently posted a question on Yahoo Answers to see if people thought it was “OK to run an illegal library from [her] locker at school.” Nekochan explains the situation in more detail in her question:

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How to Pick a College That Is Best for You

decisionAttention high schoolers: picking the right college for you is a huge decision, and it’s never too early to start narrowing down your choices.

There are roughly 4,300 colleges in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that college-bound students struggle to find a place to receive higher education. Finding the right college can be stressful, especially if you’re deciding between several colleges. Before you lose your cool, check out some of these tips that will help you narrow down your choices:

Choose between a big or small school: Size makes a big difference in your college experience. If you liked going to a small high school, choosing a liberal arts college with a population of less than 4,000 may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you felt like you couldn’t really branch out at your high school, choosing a large state school could be right for you.

Decide if moving away from home is best for you: Moving away from home for college is a great way to gain a sense of independence, but not all college students are ready to leave the nest. If you’re already self-sufficient, going to an out-of-state school should be no problem. But if you are a person who works best with warm familial support, consider finding a college that is close to home. Read the rest of this entry »



Michael Jackson’s Children No Longer Homeschooled

michael jackson childrenSince their father’s death, a little over a year ago, Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, have said goodbye to their masks and veils and hello to more public appearances. In addition to Michael Jackson‘s memorial service, the children braved the crowd at the Grammys and, come this fall, they will attend a private school.

The children were homeschooled by private tutors in a classroom inside the family’s Encino estate ever since Jackson’s passing. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother and legal guardian of the children, has not identified the private school, but that she is ready for the children to branch out. Read the rest of this entry »



Top Five Public Universities for Ivy League Alternatives

ivy-leagueJust like Blair on Gossip Girl has dreamed of going to Yale since childhood, many students simply won’t be happy unless they are accepted to an Ivy League school. Some are driven since birth to maintain a perfect educational reputation, and some will do whatever it takes to attend the school of their dreams. In the end, is it worth the extreme hard work and dedication? After all, what’s in a name, as long as you get a top education and don’t owe more than what your parent’s house is worth when it is all said and done.

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