A Quote from Winston Churchill

We are in interesting times and as an educator, I believe that positivity will guide us and move us forward.  This quote resonated with me on this beautiful Friday afternoon.  The sun is shining after historic rainfall in the San Francisco Bay Area and I wish for a positively influenced weekend.

“A Pessimist Sees The Difficulty In Every Opportunity.  An Optimist Sees the Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

Clouds and Blue Sky
Clouds and Blue Sky

Thoughts from Buckley Education

Guiding our students is an honor and for that we are grateful.


As we express our gratitude

we must never forget

that the highest appreciation

is not to utter words


to live by them.”– John F. Kennedy

Looking for ‘heart’

The college admission decisions for the high school graduating Class of 2016 are now in our rear view mirror.  The decisions made are being analyzed by parents, students, educators and admission professionals.  This analysis will help inform the process for 2017.

But, what has been interestingly discussed is what admission officers are seeking in the submitted admission files.

They are seeking ‘heart’.  They are seeking a student who is committed to learning, committed to something they are curious about and seeking an applicant that will be a good fit for their learning environment.  This goes above and beyond data defined by Grade Point Average and Test Scores.  While important, these sole data points to not help inform admission decisions.

In a time when our students are pushing themselves to unhealthy limits, it is essential that educators communicate the importance of authentic engagement and not predicated engagement.

The New SAT and ACT Concordance Table has been published

After a long wait, the SAT (College Board) and the ACT have collectively created the Concordance Table.  This table compares the Old SAT, with the Re-designed SAT and with the ACT.  This information will be invaluable to to families and students understanding the comparatives with each exam as the preparation calendar begins

For ease of use, I have included the link to College Board in this post so that you can view the table based on your specific needs.

Concordance Table Information:   Concordance Table


What’s new at Buckley Ed?

Hi everyone!

Reviewing my website is not one of my most favorite tasks, yet in the era of technology, what better way to communicate what’s new at Buckley Ed?  I’ve decided to use this forum to communicate ideas, thoughts, musings, and updates with the educational landscape.  Topics abound in the media and in general conversation, and I’d like this forum to be one full of conversation and embedded with discourse about the issues related to the world of learning, growing and seeking the ‘best fit’ educational setting.

So, what’s new at Buckley Ed?

In 2012 through 2014, Buckley Ed was in growth mode.  I, as the sole owner, hired staff to provide ethical and expert advice.  In 2015, I made the decision to scale back as I missed the time spent with families and students.  In 2016, I am working with students and their families on a multitude of educational placements ranging from elementary to high school, day to boarding and college to gap programs.  I am fortunate to have two associates working for me and in the course of the future blogs, I will share their expertise, and backgrounds.

During the next few months, I’ll be holding Monthly College Conversations in my Burlingame Avenue office.  If you’re interested in joining, space is limited, so drop me an email at info@buckleyedgroup.com if you’d like to join the ‘conversation’.  Topics include:  What’s Happening in the UC Admission Process?, How does the CSU Admit Students if an Essay Isn’t Required? and Colleges That Change Lives ~ An Overview of Small Colleges.

Looking forward to the ongoing conversations in the weeks and months ahead!

Jean Marie

University of Chicago Prompts have arrived

The University of Chicago is known for its ‘outside the box’ undergraduate application writing prompts.  For the Class of 2015, they have arrived and once again, are quite interesting.

Here they are!

Every year, the University of Chicago breaks away from the traditional college essay mold and asks our applicants to consider topics that are a little… uncommon. In past years, we’ve asked to hear your favorite joke, your thoughts on Wednesdays, or your best attempt to pinpoint Waldo’s whereabouts. These unconventional prompts are a chance to show your creative intellect and explore an unusual topic in a surprising and profound way – wherever your imagination leads you.

And now, here is a sneak peak at this year’s exciting, interesting, and inspiring essay questions – weeks before our supplement is released. So: drumroll, please! The 2014-2015 University of Chicago essay questions are:

  1. What’s so odd about odd numbers? Inspired by Mario Rosasco, Class of 2009.
  2. In French, there is no difference between “conscience” and “consciousness”. In Japanese, there is a word that specifically refers to the splittable wooden chopsticks you get at restaurants. The German word “fremdschämen” encapsulates the feeling you get when you’re embarrassed on behalf of someone else. All of these require explanation in order to properly communicate their meaning, and are, to varying degrees, untranslatable. Choose a word, tell us what it means, and then explain why it cannot (or should not) be translated from its original language. Inspired by Emily Driscoll, an incoming student in the Class of 2018
  3. Little pigs, french hens, a family of bears. Blind mice, musketeers, the Fates. Parts of an atom, laws of thought, a guideline for composition. Omne trium perfectum? Create your own group of threes, and describe why and how they fit together. Inspired by Zilin Cui, an incoming student in the Class of 2018
  4. Were pH an expression of personality, what would be your pH and why? (Feel free to respond acidly! Do not be neutral, for that is base!) Inspired by Joshua Harris, Class of 2016
  5. A neon installation by the artist Jeppe Hein in UChicago’s Charles M. Harper Center asks this question for us: “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” (There are many potential values of “here”, but we already know you’re “here” to apply to the University of Chicago; pick any “here” besides that one). Inspired by Erin Hart, Class of 2016.
  6. In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.

If you want to get a head start on your application – before you get bogged down with school work and the exciting ride that is senior year of high school – UChicago Accounts will open in mid-June, where you will be able to submit your UChicago supplement early if you’d like to! To offer more flexibility and freedom in the application process this year, you have a choice to apply to UChicago using either the Universal Application or the Common Application. The Universal Application will be available starting July 1st and the Common Application will be available August 1st. So while you’ve got time (and a clear head), take a deep breath, relax, and explore the questions – perhaps one will strike a chord with you!

Enjoy your summer vacation and best wishes for the coming year.


Our new website

Welcome ~

Our website is a platform for us to communicate our knowledge and experience to the general public.  Much is talked about in the field of education, yet the information leaves the consumer confused.

As the weeks unfold, this platform will be the beginning of a book.  The book will be a discussion of Jean Marie Buckley’s knowledge and culmination of the years in education.

Stay tuned….