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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘College planning’ Category

Phoenix offers free coding and robotics classes for kids

Only a fourth of Arizona’s elementary schools offer computer science courses. But the city of Phoenix’s new codePHX program aims to jumpstart these skills by teaching hundreds of kids coding, 3-D printing, robotics and more — for free. Funded by the Arizona Community Foundation and Phoenix IDA nonprofits in partnership with the Phoenix City Council, […]

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What’s after high school for children with learning differences?

About eight years ago, the staff at New Way Academy, a Phoenix private school for children with attention and learning differences, became curious about how their former students were doing out in the wider world. A few teachers started making phone calls and discovered, to their great dismay, that a number of the very bright, […]

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Navigating the college application process—together

college application

This time of year, the college application process can feel like a full-time job. Entrance exams, campus visits, financial aid and deadlines can make heads spin. Factor in the hubbub of a typical high schooler’s day and no wonder the process can be stress inducing—not to mention exhausting—for students and parents alike. How can parents […]

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Vegetable Valet a timesaver for busy families

Vegetable Valet

You’ve picked out and purchased all of your fresh vegetables at your local farmers market. Now wouldn’t it be nice to have someone else clean, slice and dice them to help you shave time off of meal preparation? Vegetable Valet is here to help. Every Saturday morning, Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix is partnering with […]

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Is college worth it? ASU president weighs in

Arizona State University President Michael Crow presented his case in favor of higher education during a recent and well-attended annual “community conversation” at ASU’s Galvin Playhouse in Tempe. “Is college worth it?” explored the compelling questions of ever-rising costs of higher education. Crow mentioned Peter Thiel, co-founder of Pay Pal, who argues that college is […]

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All-girl team wins app-design competition

SPARK app competition Centennial girls

Three seniors from Centennial High School in the Peoria—Kylee Burgess, Jiaqi Wu and Mikayla Whalen—won an app-writing competition sponsored by the SPARK App League, a joint initiative between Arizona State University Polytechnic and the Town of Gilbert, Arizona. (SPARK stands for Schools Participate in App Resources and Knowledge.) Actually, the Centennial girls team, Hip Hip […]

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New, better (?) SAT coming in 2016

New SAT college board

Get ready for the new SAT. The College Board, the organization that produces and administers millions of SAT tests every year, will have a new test ready to stress out high school juniors in the spring of 2016. The College Board wants to make the test more relevant to high school coursework and is partnering […]

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Weekly schools and education roundup

Arizona Milk Producers

Scholarship money is always welcome. Sometimes it means endless applications and essays and other times the willingness to post a picture of yourself looking a little silly on Facebook. The Arizona Milk Producers are offering $30,000 in scholarship money—$12,000 for first place, $10,000 for second and $8,000 for third place—to high school seniors and college […]

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Education and schools weekly roundup

Student musicians, singers and songwriters in the Cave Creek Unified School District will have more performance opportunities with the newly formed “Rock the District Unplugged” concerts organized by the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation. Donations and tips during the performances will be used for classroom resources and technology, international learning, health and wellness, and music […]

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Master the basics before thinking about college

College Workshop Phoenix

Prospective college students who hope to appear well-rounded by putting together resumes with lengthy lists of extra-curricular activities would be better off focusing on a few areas of deep, sustained interest to prove they are “angular.” Phoenix educational consultants Eden Feuer and her mother Adrienne, of The College Workshop, say the notion of well-roundedness in […]

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