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Fiona Farrahi is the Director of Admissions at the Ancona School. For over 52 years, Ancona’s individualized approach to educating the whole child in a diverse setting has attracted families from all over Chicagoland and the United States.  Located in Hyde Park, one of Chicago’s most diverse and historical neighborhoods, Ancona serves young learners ages 3 through the 8th grade. When she’s not meeting families in their school search, she enjoys blogging about living a joy-filled life and discovering the world through the eyes of her 3-year-old son.

A Ready-For-School Checklist!

If you’ve been wondering how best to transition your little one from nanny to preschool-ready, read on. The most common concerns from families entering school for the first time are about preparation. Although there is no scientific or evidence-based formula, you can add these five easy-to-apply activities and approaches to your own ready-for-preschool checklist:

1.  Enroll your child in a part- or full-time summer enrichment program. Many schools and neighborhood centers offer summer ...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Ancona School

5 Tips from a School Admissions Director

For many families, the admissions process is daunting. Although most independent and private schools have one, all are not made equal. When parents ask me about the admissions process, I have lots of advice but mostly I try to get across that every school culture is different and every admissions director handles the process according to their specific school culture. Below are five take-aways for families in the admissions process.

1. The process and the school are one

Never separate t...

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Ancona School