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New B.E.S.T. Board Member – Keyia Yalcin ’02

July 1, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that B.E.S.T. and St. Paul’s School for Girls Alumna, Keyia Yalcin ’02, has joined the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees. Keyia...

Summer Kick-Off

June 13, 2022

We were thrilled to reunite with our B.E.S.T. Families and Alumni for an evening of fun, food and fellowship to kick-off the start of summer!...

New Parent/Caregiver Welcome Event

June 23, 2022

On Tuesday, June 22th, new B.E.S.T. parents/caregivers gathered for a Welcome Event at Bryn Mawr School. The event began with a welcome from Executive Director,...

B.E.S.T. 2023-2024 ADMISSIONS SEASON IS NOW OPEN!

June 16, 2022

B.E.S.T. has opened our admission season for the 2023-2024 academic year. Now through September 30th, we are receiving applications for students seeking admission and financial...

B.E.S.T. 2023-2024 ADMISSIONS SEASON IS NOW OPEN!

June 16, 2022

B.E.S.T. has opened our admission season for the 2023-2024 academic year. Now through September 30th, we are receiving applications for students seeking admission and financial...

B.E.S.T. Student Spring Updates

June 9, 2022

Jemyl B. participated in the National Parks trip through St. Paul’s over Spring Break. Lala C. ’30 performed as “Baloo” in the St. Paul’s production...

B.E.S.T. Students Inspired by connections made at the Honorable Mable Houze Hubbard Legacy Luncheon of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland

May 26, 2022

On Sunday, May 22nd, six B.E.S.T. Seniors and Juniors were invited to attend The Honorable Mabel Houze Hubbard Legacy Luncheon of the Alliance of Black...

B.E.S.T. Student Spring Updates

May 18, 2022

We love to hear what our B.E.S.T. students are up to – they make us so proud Kellsie L. ’23 visited several colleges this spring...

B.E.S.T. Visits our Bryn Mawr School Students

May 12, 2022

B.E.S.T. hosted a special gathering at Bryn Mawr School to celebrate our kindergarten – 12th grade B.E.S.T. students and strengthen this wonderful community within the...

B.E.S.T. Student Spring Updates

May 11, 2022

We always love to hear what our B.E.S.T. students are up to – they make us so proud! Arianna F. a 10th grader at The...

B.E.S.T. Admissions Season Opening June 15th

May 4, 2022

We are happy to share that our Admissions season for the 2023/2024 school year will begin on June 15th. Please fill out our online inquiry...

Karlo Young, Board President – Keynote Speaker at the Small Boarding Schools Association’s (SBSA) Annual Conference

March 25, 2022

B.E.S.T. Board President, Karlo Young delivered the keynote address at the Small Boarding Schools Association’s (SBSA) Annual Conference last week hosted at Garrison Forest School. ...

A Student-Driven Initiative – Rhyan G. ‘26

March 4, 2022

We couldn’t be more proud of the great work Rhyan G. ’26 is doing to serve the Bryn Mawr community! Rhyan was featured in an...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates our Alumni during Black History Month – and Always!

February 1, 2022

B.E.S.T. is excited to kickoff Black History Month by celebrating our 8 Alumni currently serving as faculty and administrators at our member schools. We are...

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Drive Thru Celebration

December 6, 2021

On Sunday, December 5th, B.E.S.T. families were invited to kick off the holiday season at the B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Drive Thru Celebration hosted at the...

B.E.S.T.: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

November 1, 2021

Over the past two weeks, B.E.S.T. alumni convened over Zoom for conversations with B.E.S.T. staff and to hear an update on the internal and external...

“FAFSA & CSS Profile: Demystifying the Process” Virtual Info Session

October 14, 2021

On Saturday, October 9th, B.E.S.T. Senior families and parents from Gilman, Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country School gathered virtually for the “FAFSA & CSS...

College Admissions FAQ: From SAT to Ivy League to HBCU

September 27, 2021

On Sunday afternoon, 30 B.E.S.T. family members gathered virtually for our College Admissions FAQ: From SAT to Ivy League to HBCU event to learn from...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates the Start of Summer at the Summer Kick-Off Drive-Thru

June 16, 2021

After a long 18 months, B.E.S.T. staff members and families were finally reunited at the Summer Kick-Off Drive-Thru! B.E.S.T. families drove through the beautiful Odyssey...

B.E.S.T. 2022-2023 ADMISSIONS SEASON IS NOW OPEN!

June 15, 2021

B.E.S.T. has opened our admission season for the 2022-2023 academic year. Now through September 30th, we are receiving applications for students seeking admission and financial...

Alumni Zoom Series: Cooking Class with Keyia Yalcin ’02

May 17, 2021

In the second session of our Alumni Zoom Series, Keyia Yalcin ’02 (St. Paul’s School for Girls) shared her chef skills with fellow B.E.S.T. Alumni,...

Virtual Book Talk on Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore and Erica L. Green

April 25, 2021

Through the Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs, B.E.S.T. had the wonderful opportunity to send each upper school student...

Alumni Zoom Series: Finance 101 with Josh Perry ’02 and Victor Abiamiri ’03

April 15, 2021

In the first session of our Alumni Zoom Series, Josh Perry ’02 (Calvert School and McDonogh School) and Victor Abiamiri ’03 (Gilman School) shared their...

B.E.S.T. Upper School Families Virtually Visit 3 Universities Over Spring Break

March 23, 2021

Over Spring Break, our upper school students and parents participated in three virtual college tours and information sessions. From the comfort of their own homes,...

Class of 2021 Slideshow

January 25, 2021

Class of 2021 Slideshow  ...

Thanks-for-Giving Tuesday: Our 2020 Annual Report

December 1, 2020

Thank you for supporting our work in fiscal year 2020 with a gift to the annual fund, with your time or with your expertise as...

We Are Thankful for Our Alumni: Darryl Jordan ’99

November 19, 2020

Darryl Jordan ’99 Gilman School Choir Director and Voice Teacher, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Director of Music Education & Adjunct Lecturer in Voice, Nyack...

Summer Scholars 2020 Successfully Champion Lillie Carroll Jackson

September 3, 2020

This year’s Summer Scholars took on the hard work of historians to research and bring attention to a very important historical figure, Lillie Carroll Jackson....

B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus, Stuart O. Simms, Joins Maryland Legal Aid as New Chief Counsel

August 25, 2020

We are very happy to announce that B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus, Stuart O. Simms, has accepted the position of Chief Counsel at Maryland Legal Aid. In...

Congratulations to B.E.S.T. Community Trustee, and Park School and B.E.S.T. Alumna, Nikki Hasselbarth Kerman ’04!

August 24, 2020

We are so proud to announce that B.E.S.T. Community Trustee, and Park School and B.E.S.T. ’04 Alumna, Nikki Hasselbarth Kerman, has been selected as one...

We Welcome the Class of 2020 to the B.E.S.T. Alumni Community!

August 18, 2020

To congratulate the Class of 2020 on a successful final year of Upper School, we sent them t-shirts from their new colleges and universities! We...

2020 B.E.S.T. Family and Alumni-Owned Business Directory

July 9, 2020

With services ranging from beauty and self-care, to real estate sales and investments, we are happy to present a directory of B.E.S.T. Family and Alumni-owned...

B.E.S.T. Kicks Off Virtual Summer Scholars 2020!

July 6, 2020

With Summer Scholars 2020 looking a little different this year, B.E.S.T. provided a socially distant “drive through” supply pick-up for our newest 6th – 9th...

B.E.S.T. 2021-2022 Admissions Season is Now Open!

July 2, 2020

B.E.S.T. has opened our admission season for the 2021-2022 academic year. Now through September 30th, we are receiving applications for students seeking admission and financial...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates McDonogh Senior, Sam Mumford ’20!

May 14, 2020

In his remarks at what would have been the McDonogh Scholarship Luncheon, Sam Mumford ’20, reflected fondly on his time at McDonogh. He thanked his...

B.E.S.T. is Here for our Families

March 23, 2020

While the B.E.S.T. office is temporarily closed, the staff team is working remotely to ensure that we can be of full support to our students...

Brunch with our College-Aged Alumni at Miss Shirley’s

January 3, 2020

B.E.S.T. kicked off the New Year with nearly 20 college-aged B.E.S.T. Alumni gathering for brunch at Miss Shirley’s. Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Bryn Mawr...

Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party

December 7, 2019

Over the weekend, 158 B.E.S.T. students and family members kicked off the Holidays with the Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party. It was an afternoon of...

B.E.S.T.’s 2019 Annual Report

December 5, 2019

We are thrilled to share our 2019 Annual Report, highlighting our many successes! Thank you to all of our supporters who make our work possible....

B.E.S.T. Alumni Networking Cocktail Party

November 21, 2019

Nearly 30 B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for a B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party to network, reconnect with old friends, and learn more about...

7th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 7, 2019

What a wonderful morning for B.E.S.T.! Nearly 100 B.E.S.T. Upper School students gathered with 90 civic and community leaders at the Center Club in downtown...

B.E.S.T. Hosts a Private Screening of Harriet at the Charles Theatre

November 10, 2019

On Sunday, November 10th, over 100 B.E.S.T. 8th – 12th graders and their family members attended a private screening of the biographical film about slave-turned-activist, Harriet Tubman....

Paula Dofat’s “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” Talk

October 20, 2019

On Sunday, October 20th nearly 50 upper school students and parents gathered at Calvert School for Paula Dofat’s “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” event. Families spent...

FAFSA / CSS Profile Workshop at Gilman

October 12, 2019

On Saturday, October 12th current B.E.S.T. Senior parents and B.E.S.T. Alumni parents spent the morning at Gilman School participating in the annual FAFSA / CSS Profile...

B.E.S.T. Takes a Tour of the National Aquarium

September 7, 2019

76 B.E.S.T. lower and middle school students and family members enjoyed a day at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! It was a fantastic way to...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Heading Back to School

August 15, 2019

With the start of school quickly approaching, nearly 200 B.E.S.T. students, parents, siblings and Alumni gathered to celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year...

B.E.S.T. Member School Networking Breakfast

August 14, 2019

Each August, B.E.S.T. hosts a Member School Networking Breakfast, bringing together those individuals who have roles in Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, College Counseling, and Alumni...

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2019

August 7, 2019

For five weeks during June and July, B.E.S.T. hosted our annual academic enrichment and transition program for 25 newly enrolled, rising middle and upper school...

In Memory of Redmond C.S. Finney, B.E.S.T. Co-Founder and Trustee Emeritus

August 1, 2019

The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.), and all of us fortunate enough to work with Mr. Finney in the achievement of B.E.S.T.’s mission, are forever...

B.E.S.T. Sees “The Lion King” at The Senator

July 27, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, B.E.S.T. 5th – 12th graders and their family members attended a private screening of the 2019 computer-animated version of The Lion King...

Hamilton at The Hippodrome Theatre

July 14, 2019

On Sunday, July 14th, ten rising B.E.S.T. seniors spent the evening at the Hippodrome Theatre for a live performance of the Broadway hit, Hamilton. Students...

New Parent Welcome Night

June 20, 2019

On Thursday, June 20th, 49 new B.E.S.T. parents and family members gathered for a Welcome Dinner at Bryn Mawr School. The event began with a...

B.E.S.T. Families Take a Tour of Howard University

June 18, 2019

With summer in full swing, 51 of our rising B.E.S.T. 9th-12th grade students and their parents attended a tour of Howard University in Washington, D.C....

B.E.S.T. Family Day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

June 15, 2019

On Saturday, June 15th, 65 B.E.S.T. lower and middle school students and family members enjoyed a day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. It was...

Farewell and Thank You to Board Member, Penny Bach Evins

May 9, 2019

At a Breakfast Celebration following the final Board of Trustees meeting for Fiscal Year 2019, we honored outgoing Trustee, Penny Bach Evins, Head of St....

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Our 2019 Stanley I. Panitz Award Winners

May 8, 2019

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, the B.E.S.T. Board of Trustees and staff joyfully celebrated our 2019 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award...

B.E.S.T. at the Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game

March 30, 2019

Over the weekend, 43 B.E.S.T. families attended the annual Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game. In addition to the game itself, families enjoyed giveaways,...

B.E.S.T. Families Visit St. Mary’s College of Maryland

March 21, 2019

With most of our member schools on Spring Break, B.E.S.T. 9th-11th grade students and their parents attended a tour of St. Mary’s College of Maryland....

Black History Month 2019 Events

January 31, 2019

Black History Month 2019 Events...

College-Aged Alumni Drop-In Lunch

January 4, 2019

B.E.S.T. hosted a Drop-In Lunch for college-aged alumni who were home for winter break. Alumni from Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 attended and swapped...

Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party

December 1, 2018

On Saturday, December 1st, B.E.S.T. students and family members kicked off the Holidays with the Annual B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party. It was an afternoon of...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Networking Cocktail Party sponsored by Keyia Yalcin ’02

November 29, 2018

On Thursday, November 29th, B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for a B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party to network, reconnect with old friends, and learn...

B.E.S.T. Family Game Night at Gilman School

November 19, 2018

On Friday, November 16th, nearly 100 B.E.S.T. K-8th grade students and family members participated in our Annual B.E.S.T. Family Game Night! Held in the Lumen...

6th Annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 1, 2018

What a morning for B.E.S.T. last Thursday! More than 100 B.E.S.T. upper school students and 120 adult guests attended the B.E.S.T. 6th Annual Leaders on...

FAFSA WORKSHOP

October 13, 2018

On Saturday, October 13th current B.E.S.T. 12th grade parents and several alumni parents spent the morning at Gilman School participating in our annual FAFSA Workshop....

Maximizing the College Counseling Experience Workshop

September 16, 2018

On Sunday, September 16th over fifty Upper School students and parents gathered at Calvert School for the first-ever “Maximizing the College Counseling Experience” event. Developed...

The Color Purple at the Kennedy Center

August 25, 2018

On August 25th, eighty Upper School students and parents spent the afternoon in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts...

B.E.S.T. Gets Ready to Go Back to School

August 16, 2018

With the start of school fast-approaching, close to 200 B.E.S.T. students, parents and siblings gathered to celebrate the start of the 2018-19 school year at...

B.E.S.T. Member School Networking Breakfast

August 15, 2018

Each August, B.E.S.T. hosts a Member School Networking Breakfast at Donna’s Café to reconnect after the summer and look ahead to our partnered work in...

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2018

July 29, 2018

This summer, 25 newly enrolled B.E.S.T. students participated in the B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars program. Hosted at Roland Park Country School, this five-week comprehensive program for...

Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

July 18, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18th, 29 B.E.S.T. Upper School students and parents spent the day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in...

Upper School Transitions Workshops at Summer Scholars

June 26, 2018

On Tuesday, June 26th, 19 rising 9th graders attended a two-part workshop that focused on transitioning to Upper School. Students spent the first half of...

Summer Scholars Begins

June 25, 2018

On Monday, June 25th, newly enrolled B.E.S.T. middle and upper school students and their parents attended the opening ceremony for our annual 5-week Summer Scholars...

New Parent Welcome Dinner

June 21, 2018

On Thursday, June 21st, new B.E.S.T. parents gathered for a Welcome Dinner and the chance to ask questions and learn about the experiences of current...

B.E.S.T. on Broadway

June 20, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20th, 100 B.E.S.T. students, parents and staff embarked on a memorable trip to New York City to see The Lion King on...

Honoring Vernon A Reid, Jr

May 16, 2018

The Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust surprised Vernon Reid at the May Board meeting by naming him Trustee Emeritus. Vernon joined...

B.E.S.T. Honors and Celebrates Outgoing Head of School, Charlie Britton

May 15, 2018

At B.E.S.T.’s end of year Board meeting, we celebrated and bid farewell to Charlie Britton, Head of McDonogh School, after his 11 years of service...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates our 2018 Stanley I. Panitz Award Winners

May 14, 2018

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees and staff of B.E.S.T. celebrated our 2018 Stanley I. Panitz Leadership Award Winners, Lauren M. (Garrison Forest School...

Private Screening of STEP hosted by B.E.S.T. and Johns Hopkins University

May 4, 2018

For B.E.S.T.’s 6th Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, we screened STEP for area professionals dedicated to supporting students...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party

April 26, 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, 34 B.E.S.T. alumni and Trustees gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for the B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party to celebrate 30 years of...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Back on Campus

April 10, 2018

Peggy Bittner, our Director of Programs and Alumni Relations, spent a magical afternoon visiting two member schools to hear B.E.S.T. alumni speak at their alma...

B.E.S.T. Family Game Night

March 28, 2018

This past Friday, Lower and Middle School families attended the B.E.S.T. Family Game Night. Held in the Lumen Center at Gilman School, families spent the...

B.E.S.T. Families Visit Mount St. Mary’s University and UMBC

March 20, 2018

Last week when most of our member schools were on Spring Break, B.E.S.T. 9th-11th grade students and their parents attended two college visits to Mount...

B.E.S.T. at “Black Panther”

March 4, 2018

On Sunday, March 4th, Middle and Upper School B.E.S.T. students and their family members attended a screening of Black Panther. This record-breaking film by Marvel...

Leadership Workshop – “Your B.E.S.T. Self”

February 28, 2018

This past Saturday, 33 B.E.S.T. students gathered at Roland Park Country School for a workshop entitled “Your B.E.S.T. Self: Remaining Affirmed in Your Racial Identity...

B.E.S.T. Celebrates Black History Month

February 28, 2018

As Black History month comes to a close today, we wanted to honor special individuals who are very “close to home”. There have been many...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Sibling Spotlight

January 31, 2018

“Growing up, my mother always stressed the importance of education. She went above and beyond to seek out educational opportunities for my brother and me....

Meaningful Partnership with Under Armour through B.E.S.T. Alumna’s Participation in Baltimore Career Combine

January 19, 2018

As college students return home for winter break, some travel, take a winter class, gain a seasonal employment position, or participate in mini-internship experiences. This...

In Memory of Thomas Perkins, B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus

January 11, 2018

We mourn the passing of Thomas P. Perkins, III, B.E.S.T. Trustee Emeritus and Past Board President (1991-1994). Tom was instrumental in charting a course for...

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party and Senior Celebration

December 2, 2017

Saturday, December 2nd was an afternoon of holiday cheer at Friends School of Baltimore as B.E.S.T. families gathered for the annual B.E.S.T. Holiday Party and...

8th and 9th Grade “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop at Towson University

November 18, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, Towson University hosted B.E.S.T.’s 5th Annual “Starting the College Conversation” Workshop for 8th and 9th graders from Baltimore area independent and...