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There are many things I get from my mother, but a green thumb is not one of them. While my mother can nurse a sickly plant back to life with just the...
Tune in to Don and Peter’s discussion on School 2024: What You Need to Know.  
Tune in to Don and Peter’s discussion on College 2024: What You Need to Know.
Visiting college campuses is often the first step students take in taking the abstract concept of college and translating it to the real world. These initial visits serve as an introduction to...
Photo: Don and Sarah enjoying Normandy, France’s naturally blooming gardens of poppies, 1989. What Cultivate Your Garden Means to Me: Nurturing our own gifts to create beauty in the world It’s true...
Click the link below to view 2023’s Educational Trends & Preview of 2024’s Admissions Landscape.  
Photo: Rachel, Whiz, Bill, and Carolyn enjoying the new playground at Charles River School. 2023 Independent Schools Trends – and Advice to Families and Schools for 2024 Dear Families and Friends of...
2023 Trends: What We Saw in Schools & Colleges Like boarding and independent day schools, the therapeutic field of private behavioral health schools and programs saw a large surge of students seeking...
In 2023, our team continued to prioritize post-pandemic travel, visiting campuses all throughout the US, Europe, Canada and the UK, deepening our relationships and knowledge, and taking the temperature of the higher...
Okay, first, if you teens don’t know who Tom Petty is, ask your parents. They have so  much to teach you about great music.  Most seniors in high school have now submitted...
Doubling Down on Growth
Living Our 2024 Theme: Four Ways I Commit to “Cultivating Our Garden” This Year Each year at McMillan Education we collectively embrace a theme to inspire our work with our students. In...
Consisting of 45,000 students, The University of Edinburgh comprises a pair of urban campuses in the heart of Scotland’s major city, a historic pearl with a Royal Mile lined with tartan shops...
On a crisp afternoon in early November, my colleague Amy Christie and I visited the University of Glasgow, the 2023 Scottish University of the Year that is ranked the number two university...
Ireland’s major cities are smaller and easier to navigate than many of the world’s other major cities, yet they are also vibrant and culturally sophisticated.  A walk through Dublin will combine ancient...
Town of St. Andrews:  24K population University: 10,000 students (8K undergraduates) 40% of students from outside of UK, draws from 140 countries Approx. 1,000 Americans 180 and growing clubs & “societies” More...
I always chuckle when I suggest a college name to a family and someone responds, “I’ve never heard of that.” Um, yeah. That’s why you need me. I’m a professional educational consultant....
Recently I had the absolute pleasure of traveling to London to get my scone and clotted cream fix, collect my annual Harrod’s Christmas bear, and more importantly to learn about UK boarding...
Often referred to as the Ivies of the North, McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia in Canada offer students distinct opportunities to study a broad range...
We think it’s wisest for students interested in applying to the US, for both their own personal growth and  the development of their candidacy, to explore new enrichment opportunities or extracurricular passions...
Samantha New lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and daughter. Utah, Colorado, California Perhaps you envision yourself skiing the Rocky Mountains on the weekends with your classmates, or, you’re drawn to...
Share Your Story Engaging in the school application process is exciting, but can also feel like an intensive process. Beyond the academic discoveries on your visits, you will also want/need to explore...
5 things to Know about Neuropsychological Testing for Students A neuropsychological exam can be administered proactively, or in response to challenges a student may be facing in the classroom and/or at home....
For all the right reasons – among them the demonstrated link between family income and high test scores, the drive for diversity, and a recognition of different learning styles –  many independent...