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Want to Go to College in US? Compassion Not Test Scores: Proposal

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By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. educators on Wednesday endorsed a Harvard University-developed proposal to reform college admissions by relying less on high-stakes tests, and more on teens demonstrating a passion for learning and long-term volunteer projects. The proposal aims to reduce the pressure on teenagers to pack their resumes with extracurricular activities and…

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How to fund your gap year

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A gap year could quite possibly be one of the best years of your life, especially if you plan on travelling the world! According to the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal , some ABTA Members specialising in gap year travel have reported…

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Should You Pick a College Based on Earnings Potential?

Graduates arrive for commencement at the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, United States May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Noah Berger
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By Mitch Lipka (Reuters) – As high school seniors across the United States fill out college applications, many will run a cost-benefit analysis of the cost of a school against the lifetime earnings potential of a degree from there. But that is not the only equation to consider. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the…

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College Scholarships are not Free Money

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By Liz Weston LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It is National Scholarship Month, which means high school seniors are being exhorted to scoop up free money for college. What they are often not told is that scholarships won from corporations, non-profits and other “outside” sources can reduce – dollar for dollar – the grants and cost-reducing…

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Check Out Lauren Gaggioli’s The College Checklist Podcast: Get into the Best Art Schools

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Check out Lauren Gaggioli at Higher Scores Test Prep and The College Checklist podcast where she interviews Yvette Sobky Shaffer – Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Otis College of Art and Design. You’ll hear all about the application process for art schools, what’s expected in a student’s art portfolio and what the best art schools offer that most traditional schools cannot.…

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Notre Dame Offers Leadership Seminars for HS Juniors

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It’s hard to start thinking about summer when we’re getting ready to say, “Hello, Thanksgiving,” but…the more competitive summer programs for high school students are starting their application process. Highly motivated high school juniors should look into applying for Notre Dame’s Leadership Seminars.  It’s an all-expense paid program that runs from July 16 – 27, 2016.…

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Free Animation Retreat for LA Middle & HS Students

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If you have a middle or high school student in Los Angeles interested in animation, sign them up for a three-day animation retreat sponsored by youTHink. Students will create a stop motion animation PSA about a social issue over the course of three days. The program runs from 10 – 4, November 21 – 23, 2015 at the…

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All-Girls Charter Middle School to Open in the Valley

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      Help GALS get a facility in the valley! The Girls Athletic Leadership School Los Angeles (‘GALS’) is an all-girls charter middle school opening with 125 6th graders in Fall 2016. The school is based off a successful model in Denver. The school will empower girls to succeed academically, lead confidently, live boldly…

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Debt-Free College Grads: How Did They Do It?

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By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) – By now, everyone knows the terrifying figures. More than $1 trillion in total outstanding student debt across the United States. Almost seven in 10 college grads emerge owing money, with an average debt of $28,400 for the Class of 2013, according to the Institute for College Access and…

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Arrest in Texas Over Homemade Clock Underscores the Need for Science in Schools

A homemade clock made by Ahmed Mohamed, 14, is seen in an undated picture released by the Irving Texas Police Department September 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Irving Texas Police Department/Handout via Reuters
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By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – At a time when U.S. educators urge greater emphasis on science and technology to ensure America’s competitiveness, it is ironic a Dallas-area teenager was arrested this week after staff mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb on…

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