Program Details Test

B.E.S.T. is committed to helping our students achieve success and reach their fullest potential. We provide comprehensive programs for applicants, current students and their parents to help guide them through the initial application process and support them throughout their education. Visit the schedule below for more details.

Please note, these programs are by invitation only. To be considered for the B.E.S.T. application process, please fill out the Online Inquiry Form.

For Applicant Students

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants for grades 5-9 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants for grades 5-9 take the Independent School Entrance Exam.

B.E.S.T. Member School Fair for B.E.S.T. Applicant Families (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Roland Park Country School, Lower School Multipurpose Room

Description:

B.E.S.T. Applicants and their families are invited to speak with admissions team members from B.E.S.T. member schools.

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants grades 5-9 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants in grades 5-9 take the Independent School Entrance Exam.

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants grade 5-10 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Independent School Entrance Exam

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants grade 5-10 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Independent School Entrance Exam

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants grade 5-10 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Independent School Entrance Exam

Independent School Entrance Exam Preparation Class (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

B.E.S.T. applicants grade 5-10 participate in writing, test-taking strategies and mathematic workshops to prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam. Workshops are taught by independent school faculty.

Independent School Entrance Exam (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Independent School Entrance Exam

For Applicant Parents

Financial Aid Workshop and Conversation About the Financial Realities of an Independent School Education (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

Led by the Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management of Park School, the Financial Aid Workshop will take a step-by-step look at the process of applying for financial assistance using School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). The Financial Literacy Workshop will help families understand the obligations and timeline of participation in financing an independent school education.

B.E.S.T. Member School Fair for B.E.S.T. Applicant Families (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Roland Park Country School, Lower School Multipurpose Room

Description:

B.E.S.T. Applicants and their families are invited to speak with admissions team members from B.E.S.T. member schools.

Financial Aid Workshop and Conversation About the Financial Realities of an Independent School Education (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

Led by the Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management of Park School, the Financial Aid Workshop will take a step-by-step look at the process of applying for financial assistance using School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). The Financial Literacy Workshop will help families understand the obligations and timeline of participation in financing an independent school education

Financial Aid Workshop and Conversation About the Financial Realities of an Independent School Education (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

Led by the Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management of Park School, the Financial Aid Workshop will take a step-by-step look at the process of applying for financial assistance using School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). The Financial Literacy Workshop will help families understand the obligations and timeline of participation in financing an independent school education.

Financial Aid Workshop and Conversation About the Financial Realities of an Independent School Education (By Invitation Only)

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Location: The Park School of Baltimore

Description:

Led by the Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management of Park School, the Financial Aid Workshop will take a step-by-step look at the process of applying for financial assistance using School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). The Financial Literacy Workshop will help families understand the obligations and timeline of participation in financing an independent school education

For Current Students

B.E.S.T. Back to School Family Celebration

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School / St. Paul’s School for Girls – Ward Center for the Arts (Dining Hall)

Description:

A back-to-school celebration for all B.E.S.T. families to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI) Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturdays, October – March 2017

Time: 8:45am -12:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Leadership program for upper school students emphasizing educational and career choices and the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability. Applications are required for selection to this program and will be made available in mid-summer 2016.
Hathaway and Finney Program

4th Annual Starting the College Conversation Sponsored by OneMain Financial

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm Workshop; 5:00pm – 6:00pm Optional Campus Tour

Location: Towson University, Liberal Arts Building

Description:

“Starting the College Conversation” is a free workshop for 8th and 9th grade students and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of The .edu Project of B.E.S.T.

4th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

Location: The Center Club, Baltimore

Description:

Students, Trustees, Funders and Special Guests will share in a leadership networking breakfast.
Hathaway and Finney Program

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party / Celebration of the Class of 2017

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Friends School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating Class of 2017 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking.

Social Etiquette Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time: 8:45am – 1:00pm

Location: Gilman School (Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Host Site)

Description:

Upper school students will gain knowledge about first impressions, interviewing, “netiquette” & social media, and dining etiquette.
Hathaway and Finney Program

The Bryn Mawr School Summer Enrichment Courses

Date: June – July, 2014

Time: Daytime, Monday – Friday

Location: Bryn Mawr School

Description:

Summer academic enrichment courses taught by Bryn Mawr faculty

The Young Adult Dale Carnegie Leadership Program Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Sundays, June 8 – August 10, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Location: Dale Carnegie Office, Timonium

Description:

The leadership program is designed to work with students to embrace their day-to-day challenges including balancing school, work, relationships and extra-curricular activities. Students are coached to maximize their individual potential by setting breakthrough goals and creating an inspiring vision. Hosted by: Dale Carnegie
Hathaway and Finney Program

Middle School Summer Scholars Program

Date: June 30, 2014 – July 31, 2014

Time: 8:00am – 5:30pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Newly-enrolled Middle School students attend a five-week academic enrichment program to prepare them for transitioning to an independent school in the fall. Classes are taught by independent school teachers.

Upper School Summer Scholars Program

Date: June 30, 2014 – July 31, 2014

Time: 8:00am – 5:30pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Newly-enrolled 9th grade students will attend a five-week academic enrichment program to prepare them for transitioning to an independent school in the fall. Classes are taught by independent school teachers.

Transitioning from Middle School to Upper School Workshop at Summer Scholars

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Time:

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Rising 9th grade students will attend a workshop designed to address transitional issues, led by Lise Charlier of Severn School

B.E.S.T. Back to School Family Picnic

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School for Girls, The Ward Center (11232 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093)

Description:

A back-to-school picnic for all B.E.S.T. families at St. Paul’s School for Girls in the Ward Center, to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (CLOSED) Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturdays, October, 2014 – May, 2015

Time: 9:00am -12:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Leadership program emphasizing educational and career choices and the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability. Hosted by: Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute
Hathaway and Finney Program

Leaders on Leadership Breakfast Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast 9:00am – 12:00pm Leadership Development Program

Location: The Center Club, Baltimore

Description:

Students, Trustees, funders and special guests will share in a leadership networking breakfast. Following the breakfast, we will host a leadership development program for our students around building a culture of philanthropy in the next generation.
Hathaway and Finney Program

“Let’s Start Talking About College”

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 10:00am Breakfast Refreshments 10:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional Campus Tour

Location: Towson University

Description:

“Let’s Start Talking About College” is a free workshop for 8th graders and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of the .edu Project of B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. Holiday Family Party / Celebration of the Class of 2015

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Calvert School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating class of 2015 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking

“Careers & Entrepreneurship: Learning How to Use Your Gifts to Pursue your Passions” Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time: 8:45 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Everyone wants to own a business or establish a successful career, but what does that mean? At this workshop you will discuss the specific steps that need to be taken along your unique road to success. Learn how careers break down into daily activities, the difference between a people-focused career vs. an information-focused career, innovating to address market needs, business principles, and other information. This interactive and engaging program will help you to frame your college decisions based on the pursuit of your passions.
Hathaway and Finney Program

B.E.S.T. Middle School Family Game Night

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Gilman School, Lumen Center

Description:

The staff of B.E.S.T. invites middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents for an evening of fun, games, and community-building with other middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents.

Lardarius Web Charity Softball Game

Date: Friday, May 8th 2015

Time: 5:30pm

Location: M&T Bank Stadium

Description:

An opportunity for B.E.S.T. students and parents to attend and enjoy the Lardarius Webb Charity Softball Game

Middle School Summer Scholars Program

Date: June 29, 2015 – July 30, 2015

Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Newly-enrolled Middle School students attend a five-week academic enrichment program to prepare them for transitioning to an independent school in the fall. Classes are taught by independent school teachers

College Workshop at Summer Scholars

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Time:

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Rising 9th grade students will attend a workshop geared toward addressing issues of college preparation as a freshman, led by Alyssa Perez of Towson University.

Upper School Summer Scholars Program

Date: June 29, 2015 – July 30, 2015

Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Roland Park Country School

Description:

Newly-enrolled 9th grade students will attend a five-week academic enrichment program to prepare them for transitioning to an independent school in the fall. Classes are taught by independent school teachers.

Back to School Family Celebration

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School for Girls, The Ward Center (11232 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093)

Description:

A back-to-school celebration for all B.E.S.T. families at St. Paul’s School for Girls in the Ward Center, to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

3rd Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

Location: The Center Club, Baltimore

Description:

Students, Trustees, funders and special guests will share in a leadership networking breakfast.
Hathaway and Finney Program

Starting the College Conversation

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Towson University

Description:

“Starting the College Conversation” is a free workshop for 8th grade students and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of The .edu Project of B.E.S.T

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party / Celebration of the Class of 2016

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Calvert School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating class of 2016 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking.

Social Etiquette Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time: 8:45am – 1:00pm

Location: Gilman School (Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute Host Site)

Description:

Upper school students will gain knowledge about first impressions, interviewing, “netiquette” & social media, and dining etiquette.
Hathaway and Finney Program

B.E.S.T. Middle School Family Game Night

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Gilman School, Lumen Center

Description:

The staff of B.E.S.T. invites middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents for an evening of fun, games, and community-building with other middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents.

College Tours

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Time: 7:45am – 5:00pm

Location: Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park

Description:

Day trip sponsored by B.E.S.T. to explore and experience local universities.

Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI) Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturdays, October 2015 – March 2016

Time: 8:45am -12:00pm

Location: Gilman School

Description:

Leadership program emphasizing educational and career choices and the importance of interpersonal relationships and personal accountability. Applications to apply for this program will be available later this summer from GBALI. Check back for updates.
Hathaway and Finney Program

A Morning with Wes Moore Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Program

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Description:

B.E.S.T. upper school students will spend the morning in conversation with Wes Moore, nationally acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work; and Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU. Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. Wes Moore’s mission is to help young people succeed and make the right choices through education and awareness alongside the support of their parents, teachers, and mentors.
Hathaway and Finney Program

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Description:

An opportunity for B.E.S.T. lower school students and parents to attend and enjoy The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

For Current Parents

B.E.S.T. Back to School Family Celebration

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School / St. Paul’s School for Girls – Ward Center for the Arts (Dining Hall)

Description:

A back-to-school celebration for all B.E.S.T. families to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

FAFSA Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Location: Gilman School Lumen Center, 2nd Floor

Description:

An opportunity for parents of seniors to complete the required FAFSA online forms under the direction and expertise of financial aid professionals.

4th Annual Starting the College Conversation Sponsored by OneMain Financial

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm Workshop; 5:00pm – 6:00pm Optional Campus Tour

Location: Towson University, Liberal Arts Building

Description:

“Starting the College Conversation” is a free workshop for 8th and 9th grade students and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of The .edu Project of B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party / Celebration of the Class of 2017

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Friends School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating Class of 2017 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking.

B.E.S.T. Back to School Family Picnic Parent Support Network

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School for Girls, The Ward Center (11232 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093)

Description:

A back-to-school picnic for all B.E.S.T. families at St. Paul’s School for Girls in the Ward Center, to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

“Let’s Start Talking About College”

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Time: 9:30am – 10:00am Breakfast Refreshments 10:00am – 12:00pm Workshop 12:00pm – 1:00pm Optional Campus Tour

Location: Towson University

Description:

“Let’s Start Talking About College” is a free workshop for 8th graders and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of the .edu Project of B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. Holiday Family Party / Celebration of the Class of 2015

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Calvert School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating class of 2015 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking.

B.E.S.T. Middle School Family Game Night

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Gilman School, Lumen Center

Description:

The staff of B.E.S.T. invites middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents for an evening of fun, games, and community-building with other middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents.

Lardarius Web Charity Softball Game

Date: Friday, May 8th 2015

Time: 5:30pm

Location: M&T Bank Stadium

Description:

An opportunity for B.E.S.T. students and parents to attend and enjoy the Lardarius Webb Charity Softball Game

B.E.S.T. New Parent Welcome Night

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Bryn Mawr School, North Building (109 W. Melrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210)

Description:

An evening for all parents of newly enrolling B.E.S.T. students to meet the staff of B.E.S.T., network with fellow parents of newly enrolling B.E.S.T. students, and hear from current B.E.S.T. parents about their independent school experience.

Back to School Family Celebration

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: St. Paul’s School for Girls, The Ward Center (11232 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093)

Description:

A back-to-school celebration for all B.E.S.T. families at St. Paul’s School for Girls in the Ward Center, to kick off the new school year and to provide an opportunity for student and parent networking.

Starting the College Conversation

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Towson University

Description:

“Starting the College Conversation” is a free workshop for 8th grade students and their parents to learn about the steps to be taking now to create a path to college. This program is part of The .edu Project of B.E.S.T.

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party / Celebration of the Class of 2016

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Calvert School

Description:

Holiday party to bring B.E.S.T. families together to celebrate the graduating class of 2016 and to provide an opportunity for parent and family networking

FAFSA / CSS Profile Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Location: Gilman School Lumen Center, 2nd Floor

Description:

An opportunity for parents of the class of 2016 to complete both the required FAFSA and the CSS/Profile online forms under the direction and expertise of financial aid professionals.

B.E.S.T. Middle School Family Game Night

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Gilman School, Lumen Center

Description:

The staff of B.E.S.T. invites middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents for an evening of fun, games, and community-building with other middle school B.E.S.T. students and parents.

College Tours

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Time: 7:45am – 5:00pm

Location: Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park

Description:

Day trip sponsored by B.E.S.T. to explore and experience local universities

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Description:

An opportunity for B.E.S.T. lower school students and parents to attend and enjoy The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

For Alumni

Alumni Networking Breakfast

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

Location: Donna’s Cross Keys

Description:

Networking event for local B.E.S.T. alumni.

College-Aged Alumni Lunch

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location: Pepe’s Pizza

Description:

Lunch to welcome home college-aged B.E.S.T. alumni and provide a “meet and greet” opportunity with the B.E.S.T. staff.