- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

Books

• "Peterson's American and Canadian Boarding Schools and Worldwide Enrichment Programs" by Peterson's Guides, 2000. This book, updated yearly, contains comprehensive information about independent schools, including contacts, maps and photographs.

• "Second Home: Life in a Boarding School," by Tim Hillman and Craig Thorn, editors, Avocus Publishing, 1997. This collection of essays on boarding school life, written by teachers and students, captures the experience in firsthand description.

Associations

• The Association of Boarding Schools, a nonprofit organization, offers information about how to apply and access schools that best fit specific needs. Look on the association's Web site for information about upcoming boarding school fairs. Address: 4455 Connecticut Ave., Suite A-200, Washington, D.C. 20008. Phone: 202/966-8705. Web site: www.schools.com.

• The National Association of Independent Schools, also a nonprofit group, represents more than 1,100 independent schools boarding among them and provides data on admission, financial aid and school searches. Address: 1620 L St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/973-9700. Web site: www.nais.org.

Online

• A Better Chance, a nonprofit organization funded through private donations and corporate grants, was founded in 1963 by a group of elite preparatory schools that wanted to reach minority students but didn't know how to recruit them. The Web site (www.abetterchance.org) is packed with advice on how to find and pursue college-preparatory programs, including those at boarding schools.

• Peterson's, part of Thomson Corp., a leading provider of educational content, supports Peterson's.com (www.petersons.com), which bills itself as a heavily traveled and comprehensive educational resource. The site has sections on private secondary schools, financial aid and test preparation.

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