Montreux, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint

As I compose this, please know that the lands of Switzerland, here on the edge of Lake Geneva are beyond words.  The beauty of the landscape spectacular and the hospitality without comparison. Speaking of hospitality, today was our first day visiting two programs within the seven programs offered within the Swiss Education Group.

Cesar Ritz College and Culinary Arts Academy provided an extraordinary understanding of the details required to provide a first class, five star, world recognized hospitality experience.  From the moment I entered, every detail was accounted for.  From the offering of a delectable cafe, to touring the Ritz museum, to witnessing the school’s practical academic infrastructure to completing our visit with a fine dining experience (see the Buckley Education facebook posting), I left knowing the student I would recommend.

The Swiss Hotel Management School, otherwise referred to as SHMS, focuses on the management side of operating any aspect of the hospitality industry.  While the thought might be the hotel industry, students are prepared for the fields of Event Planning, Spa and Resort Management and truly any aspect of a customer’s needs. Students are required to learn two languages during their education and quickly understand the value of language proficiency in more than one language.

Here are a few pictures of the beauty of Montreux, Switzerland:

A view in Montreux, Switzerland A panoramic view from Caux Palace Caux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland

Switzerland ~ A Tour of Swiss Colleges

As Principal of Buckley Education and the founder of the Bay Area’s IECA Regional Group, I am honored to be invited by the Swiss Education Group to visit four colleges in Switzerland.  I’ll blog along the way and provide detailed pictures and a review of each college, programs as well as the surrounding beauty of Switzerland.  I’ll begin my journey staying in Montreux at the Grand Hotel Swiss Majestic.

Hotel Grand Swiss Majestic
Hotel Grand Swiss Majestic


Shifting the focus of our Blog

We are leaders in the field of education.  As such, we wanted to be transparent with our happenings, both inside the walls of our practice and the work we are doing on behalf of our students and their families.  As such, we’ll provide daily posts of our happenings.  We hope you enjoy!

On March 29, 2017 Buckley Ed hosted the first San Francisco Bay Area IECA networking meeting.  DePaul University Admission Representative, Sarah Hense met with us for an hour to review the unique qualities of DePaul’s location, programs and admission practices.

Here’s our first ‘selfie’, taken at the end of our meeting.  From left to right:
Karen Zhang, Jennifer Wilson Taylor, Sarah Hense (DePaul), Pip Sanders, Vicki Kleinman, Leslie Cohen, JeanMarie Buckley & Lisa Kraft.

Our first meeting held on March 29, 2017. Jean Marie Buckley Lisa Kraft Leslie Cohen Pip Sanders Jennifer Williams Taylor Vicki Kleinman Karen Zhang Not Shown: Christine Southgate
Our first meeting held on March 29, 2017.
Jean Marie Buckley
Lisa Kraft
Leslie Cohen
Pip Sanders
Jennifer Williams Taylor
Vicki Kleinman
Karen Zhang
Not Shown:
Christine Southgate


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



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