York Prep Offers Back-to-School Tips to Start School Year Confidently

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Kids naturally feel nervous going back to school. Ronald Stewart, Headmaster of York Prep, offers encouraging tips to help students start the year off on a positive note.

ABC reports that many children are nervous for their first day of a new school year. From meeting new teachers to making new friends, the first day of school can create many stressful situations for students. York Prep, a private school in New York City's Upper West Side, is offering tips to help students start the new year with a positive attitude.

"Everyone is nervous, including the principal and the teachers," asserts Ronald Stewart, Headmaster of York Prep. "So do not think you are the only nervous one. In fact, you have every right to be nervous, and that is a normal emotion. Remember that teachers are interested in you and want to work with you, but first impressions cannot be made a second time. The way you start the school year will affect the way your teachers see you throughout the rest of your time in their class, so make an effort to start out on the right foot by doing great work and completing it on time. This initially positive start may carry you through the bumps that inevitably come."

Stewart also encourages students to eat a healthy breakfast and be active in class. "You want the teachers to respect you as a thinking, contributing student," he states. "So sit in the same seat as near the front of the classroom as possible and participate."

Stewart recommends staying active with regard to both academics and extra-curricular activities. He believes that committing to a club or sport on campus will show students that school offers more than in-class learning. By developing a passion for an art, sport, or cause, Stewart knows that children can enhance their lives. Another way to improve students' educational experience is to find a mentor. Stewart asserts that connecting with a teacher will allow children to access individualized resources, such as tutoring, that will assist them in excelling in their academic activities.

But Stewart notes that a student's attitude outside of the classroom can have a major impact on the upcoming school year: "Woody Allen said that 80 percent of life is showing up. Arriving every day, on time, is critical, and affects not just academic work but extra-curricular work as well. Having a positive, proactive attitude is crucial in starting this year off right. Procrastination is the enemy of success. You have to do the homework sooner or later, so why not do it sooner and get it behind you? Finally, it is important to be your best friend. When in doubt about something, ask yourself what your best friend would advise?"


York Prep is a private school in New York City's Upper West Side. Established by Ronald and Jayme Stewart, York Prep provides students in grades six through 12 with educational resources and individualized curriculum and course offerings. Today, the school caters to the needs of 340 enrolled students.

To learn more about York Prep, visit yorkprep.org.

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