Top U.S. Private High Schools with the Highest Percentage of Graduates Accepted To Ivy League Universities

Top U.S. Private High Schools with the Highest Percentage Graduates of Accepted To Ivy League Universities Dr Paul Lowe

Did you ever wonder why parents pay as high as $60,000 a year for private high school?  Did you ever wonder why the private school admissions process in Manhattan is so hyper-competitive?

I am always surprised in my college admissions seminars at parents who assume that it really doesn’t matter where their kids attend school when their kid is interested in Ivy League colleges.

As many parents suspect, the path to Ivy League acceptance is most successfully traveled via exclusive, elite private schools.  College counselors at private schools spend more time and resources to guide students on this journey.  Furthermore, Ivy League universities recruit heavily from these high schools because of long standing and historical relationships, as well as the fact that they view students as potentially successful in their institution, having already competed to gain entrance into and demonstrated success with the curriculum in their respective private schools.

Although public high schools now account for approximately half of the admissions to Ivy League universities, when you examine the per-school percentage, private high students still have a have a competitive advantage and edge.  According to a study conducted by Worth magazine, 94 of the top 100 Ivy League feeder schools were private high schools.

Here is a list of the top 14 private high schools that send the greatest percentage of students to the Ivies.

  1. Trinity School – NY, NY:  40%
  2. Collegiate School – NY, NY:  40%
  3. Brearley School – NY, NY:  37%
  4. Horace Mann School – Bronx, NY:  36%
  5. Roxbury Latin School – West Roxbury, MA:  36%
  6. Phillips Academy Andover – Andover, MA:  33%
  7. The Spence School – NY, NY:  33%
  8. The Winsor School – Boston, MA:  31%
  9. The Dalton School – NY, NY:  31%
  10. St. Paul’s School – Concord, NH:  30%
  11. Chapin School – NY, NY:  30%
  12. Harvard-Westlake School – Los Angeles, CA:  30%
  13. Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter, NH:  29%
  14. The College Preparatory School – Oakland, CA:  29%

As you see, the average acceptance rate for these elite private high schools to the Ivies is approximately 33%.  For public high schools, even those located in coveted suburban towns, the rate is on average 2%.  For parents who want their kids to get into the Ivies, they may want to consider one of the top private schools or may alternatively consider a specialized college admissions consultant who has expert knowledge of the Ivy League admissions process.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding and day schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. private schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools, where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where there children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

 

Is Diversity Really Needed- In Schools?

Is Diversity Really Needed In Schools?

Some people view diversity as a nebulous and intangible descriptor, a court-ordered societal mandate or, in some cases, even unconstitutional.  In truth, diversity is an invaluable asset and in the financial sense has an unlimited ROI.  We live in a competitive and interconnected global society; not in the small, homogenous and insular communities that many may perceive.  Diversity has always been America’s greatest asset!  Diversity is a necessary precondition to our democracy and has provided the impetus for engagement in the full kaleidoscope of “American culture”.

In this series:  “Is Diversity Really Needed?”, I will address the importance of diversity in (1) Schools – Prek-12th, (2) College Admissions, (3) Business & Commerce, and (4) International Relations.

Diversity in schools (PreK-12th):  Learning in a truly culturally, ethnically, racially, socio-economically and visibly diverse school community is a valuable asset in a global society where local as well as international communication are essential.  Does diversity really matter?  Does it really matter if a child interacts with another student or a faculty member who is socio-economically, ethnically, culturally and racially different?  Perhaps it is not important to some.  However, studies show that interacting with others who are different can bring new ideas, benefits and advantages.  Diversity improves the way children think.  It inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk-taking.

By disrupting conformity and insularity, racial and ethnic diversity prompts and enhances students’ analytical and creative thinking, problem-solving, cultural and communicative intelligences and cognitive development and performance.  A diverse school environment, not one of homogeneity and sameness, has been proven by studies to improve the learning environment for children.

Diversity contributes ingenuity, creativity, cognitive friction and intellectual vibrancy to a school community.   Schools are entrusted with the responsibility of preparing students for tomorrow’s world.  Exposure to different cultures, ethnicities and races and learning to respect them is a formative experience for children in a world where cultures are more than ever interdependent and interconnected.  How will an adult interact with different cultures and appreciate other ethnicities and races if he/she has been culturally isolated or developed and learned misconceptions as a child?  Diversity precludes cultural-intelligence and competitive disadvantages.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs;  graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.  He also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools.

2018 Top 5 U.S. Junior Boarding Schools

In my previous blog: “Why Parents Choose Junior Boarding Schools”, I described the features, advantages and benefits of junior boarding school.

Here is a list of the top five U.S. junior boarding schools where the primary focus is boarding:

  1. Rumsey Hall School: Coed – Washington, CT
  2. Eaglebrook School: All-boys – Deerfield, MA
  3. The Fessenden School:  All-boys – West Newton, MA
  4. Hillside School: All-boys – Marlborough, MA
  5. Bement School:  Coed – Deerfield, MA

Pictured: Ben Tuff, Director of Admissions and Matt Hoeniger, Headmaster, Rumsey Hall School, with Dr. Paul Lowe at Rumsey Hall.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding and day schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. private schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools, where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where there children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

Why Parents Choose U.S. Junior Boarding Schools

U.S. junior boarding schools, which are primarily located in New England and New York, are independent elementary and middle schools with a boarding program for middle school students.  A few schools take boarders beginning as early as the 3rd grade.

Not all students are required to board.  Many choose to return home on weekends.  But for students whose homes are outside of the United States, junior boarding schools are a good introduction to the academic setting that exists at New England boarding high schools, and entry to a junior boarding school can lead to acceptance to these schools.

A junior boarding school offers benefits for middle school aged students including but limited to:  24/7 supervision and learning;  a myriad of sports and extracirricular activities;  development and strengthening of admirable character traits;  encouragement of teamwork;  and an opportunity for international students to improve their English and cultural skills.  In essence, the common philosophy amongst these schools is that they develop students’ academically, athletically, artistically, socially, and ethically.

Junior boarding schools are also identified as “feeder schools” to top boarding high schools, in much the same way that private high schools are considered “feeder schools” to top American colleges.  Admissions officers in top boarding high schools expect to see applications from these schools each year, and have established relationships with the secondary-school placement offices at junior boarding schools due to familiarity.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international families and students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools and day schools.  Dr. Lowe also helps U,S, and international students gain admissions into their top choice private schools after they have been wait-listed and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where their children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

College Admissions Tips for Art Students

High school students who are interested in arts programs or majoring in art in college must prepare for the college admissions process in the same manner as other college-bound students.  However, in addition to grades, GPA, extracirricular activities and college applications, they must develop a professional art portfolio.  The art portfolio requirements vary at each college so it is essential to contact each college Art department for these specifications.

Here are several useful tips for college-bound art students:

  1. Have your artwork photographed, videotaped, scanned or graphically converted to display in a professional manner.
  2. Show a range of techniques and mastery in the works you choose.
  3. Choose works that show creative thinking and a unique perspective.
  4. Begin developing your portfolio during your junior year so that you may evaluate what works you already have and plan to create works in areas that you are lacking.
  5. Take your works to a professional for critiquing!  An art teacher, local artist, art professor or a current art student may be good sources to give your portfolio a trial run.
  6. Since your art portfolio is a part of your college admissions process, you should consider retaining the services of an admissions advisor who has experience in working with art students and understands the philosophy and academic mission of each of your target colleges.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, Ivy League Admissions Advisors help students gain admissions to Ivy League and high selective colleges and universities.

Top All-Boys Private High Schools

Many parents choose to send their boys to all-boys schools.  Research supports the fact boys learn differently than girls and that the fact that these schools focus entirely on boys and are beneficial to their confidence and learning style.

Based on Niche, here is a list of  top U.S. all-boys private high school

  • Collegiate School – New York, NY
  • St. Albans School – Washington, D.C.
  • Brunswick School – Greenwich, CT
  • Roxbury Latin School – West Roxbury, MA
  • Belmont Hill School – Belmont, MA
  • Haverford School – Haverford, PA
  • Avon Old Farms School – Avon, CT
  • Delbarton School – Morristown, NJ
  • St. Marks School of Texas – Dallas, TX
  • McCallie School – Chattanooga, TN

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding and day schools.   Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into their top-choice private schools even after they have been waitlisted and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where their children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

It’s 2018 – Admissions Year

Welcome to Dr.Paul Lowe’s Admissions Expert Blog – 2018

Parents and students are constantly in the throes of the journey for:

  • Private School Admissions:  The application deadline for the top and competitive day and boarding schools is January 15th.
  • College Admissions:  Early decision and action acceptances, rejection and deferred notices have been sent to students.  It’s time for high school seniors to think about what to do next regarding post-decision strategies.  Final decisions: March -April.  For high school juniors, you’ll be hearing from colleges in 12 months!
  • Transfer Admissions:  Most applications are due in March.  Therefore, it’s time to complete applications and most importantly it’s time to complete those personal statements.
  • BS/MD Admissions:  Competition for coveted spots is heightened based on the increased number of applicants last year which was reflected by the number of rejected applicants.
  • Medical School Admissions: College juniors should begin to draft their personal statements, schedule to take their MCATs no later than May and obtain letter of recommendations.
  • Law School Admissions:  Senior year – If you’re still in college, have your college Registrar submit updated transcript that reflects your Fall semester grades and
  • Graduate School Admissions:  Junior year – Start your search on graduate school programs. Once you have conducted your thorough searches for prospective institutions, make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all down or put them on a spreadsheet.

Each year, admissions policies and strategies change, so stay tuned for my upcoming, informative, helpful and thought-provoking admissions blogs!

Dr. Paul Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs;  graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.  He also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools.

2017 Private School Admissions Trends in Review

2017 Private School Admissions Trend Dr Paul Lowe

It’s days before the new year (2018) and we have observed continued trends throughout this year in private schools and admissions.

Here are some highlights of trends in 2017 that U.S. and international families may need to follow in 2018.

  • Admissions emphasis on “Character”:  Schools have begun to use Character Skills Assessment (CSA) which will offer insights into an applicant’s character attributes and add great value to the holistic evaluation of applicants to make informed admissions decisions of applicants.
  • Top private schools continue to expand:  Schools continue to build more buildings and facilities to accommodate students.  For example, such Manhattan elite schools as:  Trinity School, Collegiate School and Chapin Schools are expanding
  • STEAM Education:  Schools are increasingly incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education as a part of their curriculum.
  • U.S. schools are opening more international branches:  Schools opening international campuses:  Dwight School in Dubai and The Avenues: The World School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • International students:  More international students are seeking admissions to U.S. private high schools.
  • Top 5 U.S. Boarding High Schools:  The top 5 U.S. boarding high schools – 1. Andover, 2. Exeter, 3. St. Paul’s, 4. Lawrenceville,  and 5. Choate.  Over the past 5 years, these schools have been sending 25-30 students each year to Ivy League colleges and universities.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding and day schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. private schools even after they have been waitlisted and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where there children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

2017 College Admissions Trends in Review

The National Association for College Admission Counseling in association with the US Department of Education and the Higher Education Research Institute developed a report that reflects trends college admissions in 2017.

Here are some of the highlights of trends in 2017 that you may need to follow in 2018:

  • Number of Applications per Student:  The increase in number of colleges to which each student applies continues a nearly perfect upward trend.
  • Application Volume:  There was continued growth in college application volume in 2017.   The number of applications from firs-time freshmen and international students increased.
  • Top factors in admissions offices decisions:  The most important were grades in college preparatory courses, overall high school GPA, admission test scores and strength of curriculum.  Among the next most important factors were the college essay, counselor and teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities and class rank.
  • Student-Counselor Ratios:  The average student-to-counselor ratio was 281-to-1.  The number exceeds the 250-to-1 maximum ration recommended by the American School Counselor Association.
  • Postsecondary/college admissions counseling by school counselors: On average, the time that counselors spend on postsecondary/college admissions counseling: 21 percent.
  • Early Decision and Early Action Activity:  There is an increase in the  number of applicants applying Early Decision and Early Action.
  • International Applicants:  A greater proportion of colleges rated the essay/writing sample as considerably important for international applicants, likely because of the additional confirmation of English skills that the essay provides.

Knowing and understanding past college admissions trends will be helpful for high school juniors (class of 2019) when they are in the throes of the college admissions process.  Trends help us (Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group) to develop and implement admissions strategies so that our clients are accepted to their top choice colleges and universities!

Dr. Paul Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, Ivy League Admissions Advisors help students gain admissions to ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.  Through his admissions affiliate:  College Application Rejected, he specializes in  helping students who have been rejected deferred, or waitlisted.  For college students who wish to transfer because they desire a better college or they simply dislike their current college: College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

Law School Applications are Up in 2017!

According to a recent Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) report, after years of plummeting enrollment over the value of a law degree, the number of people applying to law schools for fall 2018 entrance is up 12% compared with the same period a year earlier, and around 14% more applications have been submitted.

As of early December 2017, LSAC data also shows that 17,962 applicants sent in 104, 260 applications.  Twenty-three law schools reported application increases of 40% or more.

As jobs across the legal profession are becoming more and more competitive and more students are applying to law schools, now, more than ever, gaining admission to a top law school is an important first step on the path toward a successful career as a lawyer.

As more and more applicants apply to law schools the competition for admissions top schools will increase.