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Re: Skills or school?

You don't "put" your kids in a under performing district. They go wherever you live. Plenty of kids do fine in those schools. Why would you have a tutor if your kid doesn't need one? Colleges look at test scores, grades and extracurricular activities. It doesn't matter where you live.

Re: Skills or school?

All in on hockey! School can wait!

Re: Skills or school?

is this actually a backwards advertisement for those garbage Elite hockey schools, where the kids get 2 hours of ice and an online education? at the smooth price of $12-15k?

wake up people!!!!!!!!!

Those schools are preying on you, your child, and your money in order to make a quick buck. They do so without fully disclosing to you that it has no impact on the long term prospects of your child getting a chance to play hockey at the next level. On top of that, it probably is handicapping their ability to get into a quality high school or college. why are people so blinded by the idea of their child being a superstar athletically, that they push aside common sense and buy into these "get rich quick" scams that organizations are offering?

Save your money and enroll your child in a quality prep school when they come of age. That is probably the best investment you could make in your child's future.

Re: Skills or school?

ANON
is this actually a backwards advertisement for those garbage Elite hockey schools, where the kids get 2 hours of ice and an online education? at the smooth price of $12-15k?

wake up people!!!!!!!!!

Those schools are preying on you, your child, and your money in order to make a quick buck. They do so without fully disclosing to you that it has no impact on the long term prospects of your child getting a chance to play hockey at the next level. On top of that, it probably is handicapping their ability to get into a quality high school or college. why are people so blinded by the idea of their child being a superstar athletically, that they push aside common sense and buy into these "get rich quick" scams that organizations are offering?

Save your money and enroll your child in a quality prep school when they come of age. That is probably the best investment you could make in your child's future.

Dude, people buy Shamwow's from TV. People will blow money on anything.

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Oh the endless stream of prep parents justifying their college sized tuitions for high school hockey..... it never ends.

Wouldn't it be cheaper and just as effective with a better return on your investment to suck-it-up, buy a house in a great school district, have the kid play his two years of high school hockey, go spend $6k-$10k for three years of juniors and then cash-out your 7-8 years of home appreciation in the great school district? Difference would be about $400k of the prep tuition savings plus market appreciation....and the kid would end-up playing at the same marginal academic D-3 school anyway.

Re: Skills or school?

anon
Oh the endless stream of prep parents justifying their college sized tuitions for high school hockey..... it never ends.

Wouldn't it be cheaper and just as effective with a better return on your investment to suck-it-up, buy a house in a great school district, have the kid play his two years of high school hockey, go spend $6k-$10k for three years of juniors and then cash-out your 7-8 years of home appreciation in the great school district? Difference would be about $400k of the prep tuition savings plus market appreciation....and the kid would end-up playing at the same marginal academic D-3 school anyway.
Why do you feel D-III schools are marginal academically?

Do you also think all D-I schools are academic powerhouses?

Re: Skills or school?

anon
Oh the endless stream of prep parents justifying their college sized tuitions for high school hockey..... it never ends.

Wouldn\'t it be cheaper and just as effective with a better return on your investment to suck-it-up, buy a house in a great school district, have the kid play his two years of high school hockey, go spend \$6k-\$10k for three years of juniors and then cash-out your 7-8 years of home appreciation in the great school district? Difference would be about \$400k of the prep tuition savings plus market appreciation....and the kid would end-up playing at the same marginal academic D-3 school anyway.
You have it all figured out, don't you? We live in one of those towns already, and I promise you if he were playing his high school hockey here he wouldn't qualify for the kinds of junior hockey teams that will get him to college hockey. You also are forgetting that those high rent towns also have high taxes. That's sunk cost that you aren't going to recoup and also no longer get a tax deduction on.

Stick to sand and gravel and leave the High Finance to others.

Re: Skills or school?

Not the OP but I think what he was trying to point out is, as parents we pay for skating instructors, shooting coaches, summer tournament teams, etc. all in an effort to help our child pursue his/her dreams but we often times forget about schooling. Why don't we send them to math camps, science camps or to tutoring facilities that high level math skills, writing skills, etc.? I think we don't because most kids wouldn't get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from it but honestly, it is probably money better spent if you are looking at this as an investment.

Re: Skills or school?

anon
Not the OP but I think what he was trying to point out is, as parents we pay for skating instructors, shooting coaches, summer tournament teams, etc. all in an effort to help our child pursue his/her dreams but we often times forget about schooling. Why don't we send them to math camps, science camps or to tutoring facilities that high level math skills, writing skills, etc.? I think we don't because most kids wouldn't get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from it but honestly, it is probably money better spent if you are looking at this as an investment.

But, some parents do in fact do both. Take a look at the guy putting down Prep School in this thread. Anyone that thinks even a below average NE Prep School doesn't provide a premium academic experience over a high end high school doesn't know much about Prep School.

Re: Skills or school?



"...even a below average NE Prep School doesn't provide a premium academic experience over a high end high school doesn't know much about Prep School." Now I am laughing my behind off. Tons of kids at high priced prep schools end-up and colleges ranked 50th and below. Have you had kids go off to college yet? You will be very, very surprised. Kool-aide drinking prep parents beleive the hype that all of the kids end-up at top 20 schools. Good luck with that.

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Kool Aid has no 'e' at the end...

Signed Prep School Grad

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Anon
Kool Aid has no 'e' at the end...

Signed Prep School Grad
^ A gem.

Re: Skills or school?

anon


"...even a below average NE Prep School doesn't provide a premium academic experience over a high end high school doesn't know much about Prep School." Now I am laughing my behind off. Tons of kids at high priced prep schools end-up and colleges ranked 50th and below. Have you had kids go off to college yet? You will be very, very surprised. Kool-aide drinking prep parents beleive the hype that all of the kids end-up at top 20 schools. Good luck with that.
So, what you are saying is, out of over 2,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only the top 50 colleges ranked by what, a magazine, count?

Anyone that chooses to attend #51 is an underachiever? It would still put them in the top 2% of accredited colleges and universities.

Culture, cost, proximity, infrastructure, courses of study, campus size, housing options, religious affiliations, diversity on campus, opportunities to study abroad, financial aid options...none of these things matter?

If you HAD gone to Prep School you would have learned the importance of critical thinking and self-expression.

I didn't (way too poor growing up) but my kid does, and based on the positive impact I've seen it have, I recognize how much of an advantage in life it really provides. I can only wish I had had the opportunity. I said it before, anyone that doesn't wish that for their kids really doesn't know much about Prep School.

I think maybe you've traded your hockey warm-up suit for a college sweatshirt. Guess what? It's the same principle. OK for the kids, ridiculous for an adult unless you went there, too.

Oh, and how do most Americans know of a college? Whether their football or basketball team is on TV a lot.

Re: Skills or school?

anon
anon
Not the OP but I think what he was trying to point out is, as parents we pay for skating instructors, shooting coaches, summer tournament teams, etc. all in an effort to help our child pursue his/her dreams but we often times forget about schooling. Why don\'t we send them to math camps, science camps or to tutoring facilities that high level math skills, writing skills, etc.? I think we don\'t because most kids wouldn\'t get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from it but honestly, it is probably money better spent if you are looking at this as an investment.

But, some parents do in fact do both. Take a look at the guy putting down Prep School in this thread. Anyone that thinks even a below average NE Prep School doesn't provide a premium academic experience over a high end high school doesn't know much about Prep School.
Come on man. You don't really believe what you just wrote, do you? Maybe you live in Florida?

Just like hockey, a kid either has it or he doesn't in the classroom. There are plenty of people sending their kids to prep school that will end up at a college that they would have gotten into from their public school. There is no magic brain dust being handed out at the prep schools, unless you want to count the car sticker.

Re: Skills or school?

anon
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anon
Not the OP but I think what he was trying to point out is, as parents we pay for skating instructors, shooting coaches, summer tournament teams, etc. all in an effort to help our child pursue his/her dreams but we often times forget about schooling. Why don\\\'t we send them to math camps, science camps or to tutoring facilities that high level math skills, writing skills, etc.? I think we don\\\'t because most kids wouldn\\\'t get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from it but honestly, it is probably money better spent if you are looking at this as an investment.

But, some parents do in fact do both. Take a look at the guy putting down Prep School in this thread. Anyone that thinks even a below average NE Prep School doesn\'t provide a premium academic experience over a high end high school doesn\'t know much about Prep School.
Come on man. You don't really believe what you just wrote, do you? Maybe you live in Florida?

Just like hockey, a kid either has it or he doesn't in the classroom. There are plenty of people sending their kids to prep school that will end up at a college that they would have gotten into from their public school. There is no magic brain dust being handed out at the prep schools, unless you want to count the car sticker.
I live in (and pay taxes to support) a town with a top 10 (MA) public school system. My kid earns honors at his Prep School. I'm sure he would do the same at the public HS. I can say unequivocally that he would not be capable of the same level of critical thinking, self-expression, peer interaction and leadership. There are things you are required to do to perform well in a class of 8 that you can't in a class of 30.

I remember when we were first contacted by who became our family advisor. We met with him, and my son sat down with his list of questions. The agent said "I love working with Prep School kids. They're always so well prepared." Now, why would he say that if there weren't a measure of difference? Doesn't mean he was smarter, he just knew a different way from the environment he was in.

To say "a kid either has it or he doesn't" means, again, you don't understand Prep School. Every year, top students come in from public programs. Good public programs. They almost universally struggle at first. They know how to learn, they "have it." But, it's a different way of learning, and it takes time for them to learn in a different way.

That's why they call it a Prep school.

Re: Skills or school?

Anon
anon
Oh the endless stream of prep parents justifying their college sized tuitions for high school hockey..... it never ends.

Wouldn\\\'t it be cheaper and just as effective with a better return on your investment to suck-it-up, buy a house in a great school district, have the kid play his two years of high school hockey, go spend \\\$6k-\\\$10k for three years of juniors and then cash-out your 7-8 years of home appreciation in the great school district? Difference would be about \\\$400k of the prep tuition savings plus market appreciation....and the kid would end-up playing at the same marginal academic D-3 school anyway.
You have it all figured out, don't you? We live in one of those towns already, and I promise you if he were playing his high school hockey here he wouldn't qualify for the kinds of junior hockey teams that will get him to college hockey. You also are forgetting that those high rent towns also have high taxes. That's sunk cost that you aren't going to recoup and also no longer get a tax deduction on.

Stick to sand and gravel and leave the High Finance to others.
So pay $50K/year for prep school instead? Is that your alternative to this poster's proposal?

Re: Skills or school?

But Shamwow’s work...

Re: Skills or school?

I don’t give a crap about this thread but don’t knock Shamwow’s as they rock....btw a kid that went to Meffa High I vented them...