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B.E.S.T. Admission Partners Networking Breakfast

April 10, 2024

B.E.S.T. hosted colleagues from our admission partner schools and organizations for a conversation centered on the ways in which our partnership supports our shared students...

Member School College Counselor Roundtable

February 6, 2024

Last week, B.E.S.T. convened over 20 of our Member School College Counselors for a Breakfast Roundtable to reinforce the ways in which B.E.S.T. supports our...

The Color Purple with Special Guest, Ngozi Olandu-Young

January 16, 2024

Last weekend over 200 B.E.S.T. Students, Parents, Alumni, Trustees and Friends gathered for a private screening of The Color Purple at the Senator Theatre. Prior...

Kicking Off 2024 with our B.E.S.T. Young Alumni Luncheon

January 5, 2024

There was no better way to kick off 2024 than gathering with B.E.S.T. Young Alumni for our annual lunch at Mt. Washington Tavern. Alumni caught...

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party

December 11, 2023

Over the weekend, B.E.S.T. families gathered for our annual Family Holiday Party to share in some festive cheer and celebrate the Class of 2024 as...

B.E.S.T. Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 2, 2023

On Thursday, November 2nd, B.E.S.T. hosted our annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast at The Center Club in Baltimore. This joyous occasion was celebrated by over...

College Admissions FAQ Program

October 8, 2023

B.E.S.T. Upper School students, parents and caregivers gathered for our College Admissions FAQ Program at Johns Hopkins University. Led by Deputy Dean of Admissions, Calvin...

The Wiz at the Hippodrome Theatre

September 25, 2023

This past weekend 37 B.E.S.T. Upper School students attended a spectacular performance of The Wiz at The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center...

Member School Networking Breakfast

August 22, 2023

Last Friday our colleagues who serve in roles in Admissions, Development, College Counseling, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Financial Aid departments of B.E.S.T. Member Schools,...

B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2023

August 1, 2023

One of the highlights of the summer for B.E.S.T. is our annual Summer Scholars Program for newly enrolled, rising middle and upper school students. This summer, over...

B.E.S.T. Summer Kick-Off Celebration

June 27, 2023

We had so much fun earlier this month as 200 New, Current and Alumni B.E.S.T. Families gathered at The Odyssey School for a fun-filled evening...

B.E.S.T. New Parent & Caregiver Welcome Dinner

June 21, 2023

Over thirty newly enrolled B.E.S.T. parents and caregivers gathered at the Bryn Mawr School for our annual New Parent & Caregiver Welcome Dinner. The evening...

B.E.S.T. Alumni Cocktail Party

May 5, 2023

On Wednesday evening, over twenty B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered at Mt. Washington Tavern for an evening of networking and connection. Joined by B.E.S.T. Alumni Trustees, Josh...

B.E.S.T. Partners Networking Breakfast

April 14, 2023

Yesterday B.E.S.T. hosted our colleagues for a conversation centered on the ways in which our partnership can continue to support our shared students and their...

Honoring Black Leadership during Black History Month

February 13, 2023

Each year, the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust’s hallmark event is our Leaders on Leadership Breakfast – a convening of our B.E.S.T. students, funders, and Black...

B.E.S.T. Young Alumni Luncheon

January 10, 2023

Last week, over twenty B.E.S.T. Alumni gathered to reconnect with each other and the B.E.S.T. staff for a complimentary lunch at Mt. Washington Tavern before...

B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party & Class of 2023 Celebration

December 11, 2022

Sunday, December 11th was simply joyful as we celebrated the holiday season with 200 B.E.S.T. family members at our annual Holiday Party & Senior Celebration...

Leaders on Leadership Breakfast

November 17, 2022

November 3rd marked a momentous occasion for B.E.S.T. with the return of our annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast at The Center Club. The B.E.S.T. community...

B.E.S.T. at Black Panther Wakanda Forever

November 14, 2022

Yesterday, over 100 Middle and Upper School B.E.S.T. Students and Parents gathered at the historic Senator Theatre to see the Marvel sequel, Black Panther Wakanda...

“College Admissions FAQ” Workshop featuring Calvin Wise and Paula Dofat

November 1, 2022

On Sunday, October 30th, 50 B.E.S.T. family members gathered on the campus of Johns Hopkins University for our “College Admissions FAQ” Workshop featuring Calvin Wise...

B.E.S.T. Visits University of Maryland, College Park

October 5, 2022

B.E.S.T. is pleased to offer college support programming for our upper school students and families, including visits to local colleges and universities.  After two years...

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...