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.

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

By |2019-03-04T09:59:29+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00November 15th, 2018|Advice, Budget Management Tips for Small Private or Alternative Schools, High school transcripts, Leadership Tips for Small Schools, Tips for high school|

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 |2017-10-04T14:44:18+00:00April 18th, 2017|Advice, General Interest, 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 [...]

Read this before giving straight A’s on a high school transcript

By |2017-10-04T14:46:44+00:00January 9th, 2017|Advice, Preparing for college|

Back in the day, the 4.0 grade point average—straight A’s—meant you were at the top of the academic heap. It had summa cum laude written all over it, and colleges readily admitted students with straight A’s because it meant they had demonstrated mastery over every subject in the curriculum. But then, over time, high schools [...]