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Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, NH

B O A R D I N G S C H O O L S Olney Friends School Barnesville, OH Olney Friends School is paving the way for the next generation of American innovators.

Nestled in a resort community, Brewster Academy offers a student-centered, highly interactive, and collaborative college preparatory environment. The Brewster curriculum integrates best practices – guided practice, differentiation, peer tutoring, collaboration, project-based learning, and emotional literacy – to put the student at the center of the learning process. The faculty is dedicated and expert at teaching both knowledge and application skills and adept at understanding and teaching to individual learning styles. With a 1:1 laptop program in place for the past 20 years, use of innovative technologies to optimize teaching and learning is at the foundation of its program. Knowing that EQ is as important as IQ (if not more so) to success, Brewster has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to implement a skills-based approach designed to help students use and reason with emotion to develop competency, skills, and knowledge related to character development, social awareness, and life skills. Competitive athletics, a rich arts curriculum, and an intensive community life program offer a community of learning and leadership opportunities. Students live in 20 dormitories with faculty and their families; most dorms boast views of the lake and mountains. Brewster’s athletics program serves both the competitive athlete who plans to play in college and the recreational athlete who prefers a less intense sports experience. Indoor athletic facilities include an athletics and wellness center with a convertible turf floor, an indoor track, a rowing tank, and a fitness center; and a climbing barn. Outside six playing fields, including a new synthetic turf, nine tennis courts, and a boathouse for the sailing and crew teams sit along the school’s ½-mile of shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee. Anderson Hall, an enhanced and expanded 450-seat performing arts center, opened in September after extensive renovations. A dance studio, blackbox theatre, and music practice rooms round out the performing arts spaces while a studio for more traditional arts and a pottery and classrooms for digital arts and the latest hardware, software, and tools for producing digital media complete the visual and performing arts facilities. The Academy’s leaders believe it is the relentless centrality of the school’s focus – to prepare students for college; to prepare them to understand and manage their emotions, to learn to be adaptable, and to be lifelong learners that makes Brewster a relevant choice in a time of great change. Contact: Denise Morrill at 800-842-9961 Wolfeboro, N.H. 03894

With 177 years’ experience in successfully educating young men and women, the school is reinventing itself in an effort to help students meet the demands of a global economy. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Olney is adding STEM education to its traditional, college- preparatory program of integrated Humanities courses and its farm-based learning opportunities. STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – has become a national priority. Demand for biomedical engineers, computer systems analysts, graphic designers, architects and environmental educators is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, and a STEM education provides the necessary foundation for these and many other careers. At Olney, STEM education will take on some characteristics that

will be unique among such programs. For decades, Olney was a school that served the Quaker families of southeast Ohio. That has changed, and today the school educates students of all faiths from across the nation and around the world. From its Quaker roots


that date back to 1837, Olney has developed a long tradition of stewardship and a strong connection to the land and the environment. That heritage will play a prominent role in the rigorous new STEM program, with courses that supplement the standard biology, chemistry and physics. A STEM education at Olney will include courses in Environmental Science, Agriscience and Introduction to Engineering. Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, curiosity, critical thinking and social responsibility, these classes will equip students to become analytical problem-solvers and ethical leaders of their communities and our changing world. The school’s 350-acre campus functions as a laboratory where students in grades 9-12 can gain connections to natural resources and learn to make healthy choices for themselves and the environment. The new Agriscience class will provide lessons about the organic practices used on the school’s farm to help renew the land and to produce crops that are shared regularly at school meals. That same class will offer opportunities to learn practical life skills, as well as financial literacy. The school’s thriving Farm-to-Table program provides nutritious daily meals and the chance for students to help grow and prepare some of their own food. Olney Friends School is a co-educational, board and day school for students in grades 9-12. For more information, visit or call 740-425-3655. You can also follow Olney’s activities at



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