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As your family settles into the new semester, you have many important adjustments to make and challenges to face. We at Bertram are here with you -- every step of the way. Our hands-on and personalized approach means you get the direction you need, whether your family is facing:

We look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead, to help ensure that YOUR child continues to enjoy an edge in educational excellence.


Cammie Bertram and The Bertram Team
191 Post Road West, Westport, Connecticut 06880

Signs and Signals

The Changing Education Landscape

Universities are now seeking out students of means, according to this Higher Ed article. More than half of the admissions officers at public research universities, and more than a third at four-year colleges said that they had been working harder in the past year to recruit students who need no financial aid and can pay full price.

Parents have become the hottest players in education reform. That's because new legislation being proposed in 20 states, called "The Parent Trigger," will allow parents to band together to demand a new set of administrators to run the school.

Students could be tested on their "moral character" one day. This fascinating piece weighs the importance of developing strong character traits, such as optimism, persistence and social intelligence. The writer suggests that the secret to your teen's success in life might be failure.

From the Quad

Our Thought-Provoking Blog Posts for Parents

Deborah Grabfield shares her thoughts on the recently published U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges issue. She unveils how you can use the report as a valuable tool to set your teen up for future success.

This insightful post by Audrey Ludemann delves into why parents should consider single sex schools.

The Right Road

Planning and Parenting Guidance

Many teens are sleep-deprived which causes them to skip breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

It is said that as many as 20 to 30 percent of teens completely give up the morning meal. This is a real problem as study after study shows that students who eat breakfast function better. A healthy morning meal will improve their behavior, enhance their memory and they'll perform better at school! Skipping meals and sugary cereals should never be an option!

The Savvy Guide

Expert Insights

Choosing the right school for your teen during their most formative years can be an overwhelming experience. Educational consultant Holly McGlennon Treat, shares how to find the right independent school in this article.

The Socially-Responsible Highway

A Greener Route

At this time of the year, graduates all over the world purchase caps and gowns which they end up wearing for only a few hours before discarding them. These same caps and gowns usually end up in landfills. Oak Hill Cap and Gown have created a solution with their GreenWeaver line. These caps, gowns, and other graduate accessories are made of molten plastic pellets that enable the clothing to be recycled over and over into new ones for the following classes.

New Footprints

Latest News from Bertram

Founder Cammie Bertram, along with Audrey Ludemann, discuss their observations from two and a half weeks in Asia in this blog post. Here are a few discoveries from their trip:

Financial markets and jobs are healthy and secure in Hong Kong, delaying many ex-pat families' return to the US. Cammie and Audrey met with the founder of Hong Kong-based FOCUS, a group supporting families with learning disabilities. Parents were unaware of "junior boarding schools," and learned about the invaluable opportunities these schools provide the middle school child.

Off the Beaten Path

Obscure and Entertaining Education Facts

Could video games make students smarter? Check out what this new study suggests.

At one American University, a freshman's personal statement doesn't just get filed away, it winds up acted out on stage by the school's upperclassmen!

The Compass

Chart the Course

Register for standardized tests. Click these links to register for SAT and Subject Tests, ACT and GMAT.

Schedule a FLEX test. The test can be administered in our Westport, CT office. Please call or e-mail us.

Adhere to deadlines, complete college and secondary schools essays and applications.

Bertram Says...

Things We Like

We love Ecojot's journals, notebooks, sketchbooks, calendars and note cards not only because they use 100% post-consumer recycled paper, but because they give back. Their "Give Program" donates a school notebook to a child in need with every journal and sketchbook purchased.

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