vagansmom Posted June 30, 2002 Report Share Posted June 30, 2002 I can understand your parents' concerns about the education. I have a relative living on one of the Mariana Islands. He originally sent his kids to boarding schools in Hawaii because of the dismal education prospects on his island. But he soon learned that the Hawaiian standards weren't as good as he'd hoped so his kids are now in school in New Zealand. Northern CT is full of excellent private boarding schools: Hotchkiss and Taft are internationally famous, Westminster School, Canterbury School, The Gunnery, Ethel Walker School are also some of the fine private boarding schools in the area. All are located within traveling distance of Nutmeg Ballet which is itself on par with the other schools listed in the above posts. Nutmeg itself also offers boarding but most of the students there attend the local public high school. It would be possible to dorm at Nutmeg and attend a private school as a day student. As a private tutor, I'm affiliated with some of the above schools. Westover School in central CT has an arrangement with the school of Connecticut Dance!, formerly the Hartford Ballet, (I'm not sure of its present name - it may still be called the Hartford Ballet School). Westover students apparently are able to get complete ballet training this way. The Hartford School has a very good ballet program. My kids have attended a private boarding school as full scholarship recipients. My daughter dances at Nutmeg. I'm grateful that she's managed to get the best of both worlds without sacrificing either academics or ballet. Some of the above schools are noted for their scholarship programs. The main problem for anyone wishing to attend one of them is that you have to take the SSAT's in the fall and apply to the schools by around Jan. 15 - Feb. 1 in order to be considered for acceptance the following fall. But if you're looking to combine the best academics with fine ballet training, this might be do-able for you. I also think that SAB is a great choice if you also attend the Professional Children's School. They give out very good scholarships. Quote Link to comment
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