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School Options Symposium at Rice University on November 15th

GA News & Events October 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Are you or anyone you know in the process of selecting a new school?   We invite you to attend a discussion about school options in Houston at Rice University on November 15, 2012.  The goal of this event is to improve awareness about the many and diverse school optionsRead More

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HISD Magnet Awareness Week Begins 11/5

Uncategorized September 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

HISD has just announced that its Magnet Awareness Week will be November 5-9th for 2012.  During this week, schools will open up their doors to prospective parents daily beginning at 1pm except on Wednesday when tours will begin at 9am. The Magnet Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rdRead More

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Lower SAT Scores Create Opportunity for High Achievers

SAT & ACT, Standardized Tests September 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Fewer than 45% of seniors from the class of 2012 are prepared for college according to the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the SAT.  Students needed to score an aggregate score of 1550 out of 2400 to indicate that they would have a 65% chance of maintaining atRead More

Fewer vs. Less Than

Fewer vs. Less Than

Recommendations September 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Do you know when to use “less than” vs. “fewer than?”  For example, should you say, “there are less than 5 marbles in this jar” or “fewer than 5 marbles in this jar?”  The correct answer is “fewer than.” Generally, you should use “fewer” for items that you can countRead More

General Academic Featured in Article on Entrepreneurship

GA News & Events May 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

General Academic’s founder Shelby Joe is featured in an article about the entrepreneurial motivations of Generation Y.  In the article, “Artisan or Indie: Is Entrepreneurship a Gen Y Trait or Necessity,” author Hajera Blagg interviews Shelby, other entrepreneurs, and experts on entrepreneurship to identify why Generation Y seemingly has incubatedRead More

College Tuition Rises

College February 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

According to the College Board*, the non-profit that administers the SAT among other tests, college tuition continued to climb in the 2011-2012 academic year: Average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public colleges and universities increased 8.3% from 2010-2011 to $8,244 per year. For private nonprofit colleges and universities, annualRead More

Learning to Wait Decreases Anxiety?

Health & Science February 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

In here new book, “Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting,” author Pamela Druckerman writes about her research and observations of French parenting.  She writes that French parents don’t coddle their children as they teach their children how to wait, to delay gratification, and to liveRead More

Papercity Profile

GA News & Events February 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

General Academic is featured in February’s edition of Papercity on page 6 in the editorial section.  Editor-in-Chief Holly Moore writes: Once my child passed sixth grade, I am loath to admit, I really couldn’t help him with homework. Who has ever heard of Chicago Math. And Algebra II? Forget it.Read More

Professional Time Management

Study Skills December 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

An article in the Wall Street Journal today talks about time management, specifically how to save an unproductive day.  The same tips that work for career professionals can also apply to students: Set an agenda for the day’s activities Keep notes of what you accomplish during the day Plan theRead More

Houston Schools Survey Now Available

Houston Schools October 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

We are excited to announce that our publication on Houston area private high schools is finally complete in its first edition form.  This 120 page document profiles 20 private high schools in and around Houston’s Beltway.  It also provides comparative analysis, advice on school selection and applications, information about theRead More

Cash Incentives Fuel Higher Scores

Cash Incentives Fuel Higher Scores

Schools October 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

The National Math and Science Initiative awards participating students $100 when they score a passing grade of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement® exam.  It also awards teachers $100 for each student who earns the passing grade.  More than 1800 teachers participated in the program last year, and moreRead More

The Effectiveness of Public School Discipline

National K-12 July 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

Texas researchers have just released a groundbreaking study on school discipline.  The study, “Breaking Schools’ Rules” looked at 1 million Texas 7th graders and followed them for six years (when they should have all graduated).  It found that 60 percent of those students were suspended or expelled at least oneRead More

How Genuine is Community Service for College Applicants?

College July 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

An article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Do Good Zeal of College Applicants,” talks about (exotic) community service to burnish college application resumes.  The author raises a good point–will colleges see your student’s efforts as genuine and worthwhile activities or will they discount them as expensive, thinly veiled vacations:Read More

Houston Schools Survey Coming Soon

GA News & Events July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

We are now more than half way through analyzing more than thirty private schools in Houston.  We plan to publish our findings by September 15th, 2011.  To stay up to date about our progress, register here.

Fall Schedule Set

GA News & Events July 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

We have just published our fall schedule for SAT, ISEE, and HSPT prep courses.  SAT classes will start in mid August, ISEE and HSPT in early October.  The Study Lounge will re-open on September 1st.  For details about a particular class, click through to our services page.

Pediatricians Warn Against Energy and Sports Drinks

Health & Science May 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

A new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents against allowing their children to overly indulge in energy and sports drinks.  The study warns that energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants that interfere with sleep, raise anxiety, and increase the risk ofRead More