About Kermit Rainman

Content marketer, researcher, and public policy wonk by day. Away from the office, he's a polyglot geography nerd with a thing for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So far, all 50 U.S. states and 44 countries have been checked off the list—and counting.

The best and worst states for homeschooling in 2021

By |2021-03-03T09:01:39-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Advice, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Homeschool moms, Preparing for college, Tips for high school|

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that education in America has changed dramatically. In a matter of days, tens of millions of families were forced to pivot to both working and teaching their children at home as schools across the nation closed in 2020. Although this new homeschool reality was a shock [...]

Integrity on your homeschool transcript: How to avoid making ethical mistakes

By |2019-10-23T08:26:46-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Advice, Creating Professional Transcripts for Students, High school transcripts, Preparing for college, Tips for high school, Transcripts 101|

By now you’ve probably heard about the massive college admissions scandal earlier this year involving at least 51 people—including 33 wealthy parents of college applicants—who conspired to criminally influence the admissions process and secure places in prestigious universities for their children. Caught up in the web of deception were well-known actresses like Felicity Huffman [...]

7 fast facts: Should homeschool students bother applying to an Ivy League school?

By |2019-03-04T09:59:29-05:00March 4th, 2019|Advice, Creating Professional Transcripts for Students, High school transcripts, Preparing for college, Tips for high school|

Ah yes, the prestigious Ivy League—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Yale. Considered to be among the crème de la crème of American universities, these eight private schools rank high on the list of many high school students—including homeschoolers—when it comes to applying to colleges. And what’s not to like? Known for their [...]

How to motivate your students to participate in their own learning

By |2019-02-04T15:42:11-05:00February 4th, 2019|Administration, Advice, Leadership Tips for Small Schools|

As a private school administrator, you wear a lot of hats every day on the job. Depending on your specific role and the size of your school, on any given day you may have to focus on: board relations fundraising financial planning marketing communications and public relations human resources food services transportation issues security challenges [...]

5 traits of the best online high schools

By |2018-11-15T06:30:32-05:00November 15th, 2018|Tips for high school, Advice, Budget Management Tips for Small Private or Alternative Schools, High school transcripts, Leadership Tips for Small Schools|

As school administrators know all too well, the education marketplace in America is increasingly competitive. Today, parents and students can choose from a long list of options including traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, homeschooling, and even online schools to best meet their child’s unique needs and career goals. With so many choices available, [...]

Five signs your student shouldn’t take a gap year

By |2020-02-12T09:03:54-05:00April 18th, 2017|General Interest, Advice, Preparing for college|

Gap years are an increasingly common—and economically viable—choice for many students. But they’re not for everyone. Two weeks ago, we explored six surprising benefits of taking a gap year before college. So what about the flip side? There are a handful of reasons why a gap year might not be the best choice for your [...]

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