Private Day School Admissions: Waitlisted

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It’s that time of year when private day school admissions results are being released!  Our offices are receiving calls and emails from disappointed parents who are receiving waitlist results.

If your child was WAIT-LISTED, this means that “we love your child, but we don’t have spot available today, tomorrow or perhaps NEVER.

From my observation, there are six crucial potential missteps during the private school application process: (1) Parents From my observations, there are six crucial potential missteps during the private school application process: (1) Parents assume that it’s all about connections.  (2) Parents and students don’t prepare enough for the interviews.  (3) Parents start too late in the admissions planning process.  (4) Parents assume that their skill sets and/or titles give them an admissions edge.  (5) Parents and students listen to well-intentioned but incorrect or outdated advice from chat rooms, online communities and friends.  (6) Parents make the mistake of retaining an inexperienced educational consultant who is not versed in the admissions policies, diplomacy and evolving or nuanced educational missions of top private day schools.

What’s my recommendation: You should now hire an expert who understands the OFF-WAITLIST process as well as the REAPPLICATION process.  It’s important to know, especially for top and elite day schools, that admissions officers review all the data, appreciate transparency and are experts in their fields.  We help our clients to advance from waitlist to admission, or if necessary, to reapply to schools. It’s our strategic and proprietary two-tier approach.

When I work with my clients, I help my clients avoid the irrevocable mistakes that cause rejections or being placed on the “permanent” waitlist or as one parent who called me referred to it as: “being gently rejected”.

Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of 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 schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding 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.