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  • Webb Admission: On the Road

    September 9, 2014

    Webb admission officers are hitting the road, and the first stop is the Houston Area Private School Preview in Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 14th. Webb is excited to meet prospective families on our travels and share the school's story. During the next few months, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Leo Marshall, and the admission staff will continue traveling throughout California and across the nation to highlight the school’s expansive academic and co-curricular programs. Internationally, visits will include Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Come see the full calendar here...

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    24 Amazing Facts about Webb's New Students

    Leo Marshall
    August 28, 2014

    Which new student traveled the furthest to Webb? How many perfect SSAT scores were there? How large is enrollment this year? All of these questions are addressed in Leo Marshall's latest blog...

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  • Memo to Applicants: Character Above Everything

    Taylor Stockdale
    November 13, 2013

    It’s hard to believe the Webb admission season is upon us. Our admission team has been covering the country and world in search of the very best for Webb’s incoming class next fall. This annual process of combing through hundreds of applications has got me to thinking about Thompson Webb – and his approach to selecting his students in the school’s formative years.

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  • A Common Sense "Secret" to Admission

    August 12, 2013

    It’s summer here and Webb is, happily, fully enrolled, leaving me with a bit of time to reflect on this past admission year. Demand for Webb has continued to grow and, given the remarkable array of opportunities for our students and what kind of students graduate from here, I am not surprised. It’s good to be in such demand. However, it does create an interesting dynamic among prospective families, one that plays out across the country at other selective secondary schools.

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  • The End of Summer and Beginning Anew

    Leo Marshall
    August 9, 2013

    It has been a quiet summer here at Webb. Yes, it has been punctuated by the sounds of small children attending our summer program and there has been the buzz of construction as we complete our new performing arts center and swimming pool; but without its own students, a boarding school in the summer is a bit of a lonely place.

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  • Roots and Wings

    Leo Marshall
    March 27, 2012

    There is no more joy in my life as an educator than to see a boy or girl truly take flight. The shy boy who finds himself with a gift for debate, or the girl who never has run track, takes a risk, and becomes a college record holder. To scan the unknown below and drop in when one wants to is what life is about. We know this, so we must let our children experience this.

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  • What Will You Do with Your Child's Moment in Time?

    Leo Marshall
    November 4, 2011

    I recently took a tour of the Hall of Life in our Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. Its renovation is complete, and the enormity of the project has been amazing to witness. As I toured the new exhibits during the grand reopening, I saw something that caught my eye just inside the entrance. There on the wall is a quote that Ray Alf was famous for: “What will you do with your moment in time?” - an exhortation of sorts, a call to seize the moment, “Carpe Diem!” It’s all Ray Alf and I so wish I could have met him.

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  • In Defense of Childhood

    Leo Marshall
    August 3, 2011

    I recently received a call from a mother, a doctor, who wanted me to give her names of elementary schools in the area. After offering a list of public and private schools without suggesting which was best, I was then asked what I thought the best way to prepare her child for our school. I’ve learned from experience that this is essentially what we call the “red flag” question. To translate: ‘Which school will guarantee my child will qualify for your school.’ Of course, there is no such school since every school has its own strengths and philosophy about the ends of education but I was curious...

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    They're Teenagers After All

    Leo Marshall
    January 14, 2011

    We have a wonderful tradition at Webb, just prior to our students leaving for winter holiday. Our boys line the walkways to the girls’ dormitories with candles in preparation for an evening of caroling, hot chocolate and, of course, Santa Claus (actually one of our revered venerable teachers but, then, no one is telling). They practice heartily before going off to each girls’ dorm. The girls, of course, love it even more so when the tradition ends with the boys inviting them to their annual Christmas party. They all march together to be welcomed by one dormitory’s courtyard bristling with lights carefully draped over the trees, some neatly so and some others… well, you get the point.

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    The Middle

    Leo Marshall
    October 25, 2010

    I remember those very large classes in high school where anonymity was more common than notoriety. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my high school - it was large, noisy, and just plain fun. But it was so easy to cruise by being in the middle where most of us lived. No, I am not saying those of us in the middle were not capable of being superior students. Most of us were simply bursting with unrecognized talent and because we were not the very top students we were not separated out into our own classes, which is what they did back then. It was “tracking” in every sense of the word but no one told us so. We were allowed to happily muddle along, get decent grades, and enjoy the ride.

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