Test-Optional or Test-Blind College Admissions? A Word From Our College Counselor

You may have heard about some colleges and universities going test-optional or test-blind. What does that mean? Here’s a word from Brookstone’s Director of College Counseling, Bob MacLellan. There have been many changes to the traditional college admissions process because of Covid-19 – from virtual college tours to zoom interviews just to name a few.  However, the biggest change that will affect the Class of 2021 and potentially beyond is the use of standardized testing. In the wake of closed testing sites and limited access to testing sites this fall, […]

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Finishing Strong!

A message from Leigh Anne Floyd, our Lower School Principal. We began this unusual distance learning journey together over six weeks ago. None of us knew what to expect during this unprecedented event, and all of us – the teachers, parents, and students – were apprehensive. Even with these unsettled feelings, we started strong! We all started strong and determined to make this new set of circumstances work – and we did. You did. Your children did. And we did it well. Even though every single one of us has […]

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Virtual College Counseling

Our Distance Learning Plan even includes college counseling. If you are a current Upper School parent seeking wisdom in how to navigate these unchartered waters, our college counselors are here for you! Open to any current Brookstone Upper School parent! This virtual coffee is an opportunity for any Upper School parent to ask questions about the college search process during these unprecedented times. Please bring your questions on anything from testing to how to research colleges in the middle of a nationwide shutdown. There are two opportunities to gather virtually. […]

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Brookstone Parents say “Thank you!”

We know the past few weeks have been extraordinary in every way – from what is happening in the world around us to the adaptations we are all having to make. Our teachers have truly gone above and beyond in taking what they do in their classrooms every day and moving it online. They have not been satisfied with simply providing work to be completed, but they have been dedicated to providing our students with experiences that make them feel like they are right back in their classrooms! But of […]

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Lower School Insights

Want a glimpse into our Lower School? Keep reading! Erin Trotter, our Lower School Librarian, and Joe Mills, who oversees Lower and Intermediate School curriculum and instruction, share some insights into what our youngest Brookstone Cougars have been up to lately. Impacting the Lives of Others by Erin Trotter This month, we are celebrating people who have made great sacrifices to improve the lives of others. Students and teachers are delving into various biographies to learn valuable information about men, women, and children who are great motivators for people who […]

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What Do New Families Have to Say About Brookstone?

Starting a new school can be an anxious time on the part of both parents and kids! And truthfully, on the part of a school, too, as we so desperately want to make sure all of our students are having a great experience. So when we hear feedback from new families that is so very encouraging, we just have to share! We LOVE our school and we love that others are loving it just as much! “I can’t tell you enough how much we are all enjoying the Brookstone experience. […]

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Why Brookstone? Our College Counselors

Of all the things that are on the mind of Upper School parents these days, and there is a LOT, the college admission process seems to be at the top of the list! (And if you haven’t turned on the news lately, it’s on a lot of people’s minds.) That’s why our commitment to parents is that our College Counseling office will be with you every step of the way. And that’s not just lip service. Having three children graduate from Brookstone, I can attest to that personally! Deadlines, applications, […]

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Calling All Auburn Tigers!

Do you live in the Auburn area or do you know people who do? Then come join us or help us spread the word! We are hosting an informational meeting in Auburn next week to share all the wonderful things going on at Brookstone School. If you have friends or family in the Auburn area that you would like to invite, we would love to have them join us. For more information, see details below or email Avery Wolff.

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Parent University – Public and Permanent

One of the MANY reasons I love Brookstone School is because of the true commitment the school has to our kids’ well-being. The same can be said for us as parents. That’s why I am so grateful for our Brookstone Parents Association and our faculty who work together to bring speakers to campus whose knowledge and expertise will benefit us all. They are called Parent Universities. And this school year alone (as in since August!!), we’ve had Dr. Scott Hamilton, an expert in the field of learning differences and executive […]

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How much homework is too much?

How much homework is too much? It’s a valid question. It’s also a question I’m glad Brookstone School is not afraid to ask. Last year, our Upper School teachers began doing some research into the amount of homework students had to do each night. Obviously, there are lots of factors that go into the amount of time each student spends on homework, such as after school activities, technology, and routine bedtimes, but regardless, an informal survey of our students from last year indicated over 70% of our students said that […]

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