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.

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 [...]

A beginner’s guide to mastering the SAT and ACT

By |2017-10-04T14:51:53+00:00October 25th, 2016|General Interest, Preparing for college|

Does the thought of taking one of those all-important college-entrance exams make your head spin and your stress level rise? After all, so much hinges on how well you do—not only gaining admission to your top-choice schools but also consideration for numerous financial awards and scholarships. So, yes, it’s true that there’s a lot at [...]

For homeschool families: A primer on distance education for college

By |2017-10-04T15:13:33+00:00September 19th, 2016|Preparing for college|

If there’s one thing America is known for, it’s options. Whether it’s toothpaste, ice cream, craft beers, mortgages, or cars, the vast array of choices can be overwhelming. Of course, the same can be said for education options beyond high school. There are vocational and industry-specific schools that train people for specialized jobs. And there [...]