2021 Best New Jersey Private High Schools

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Over the last month or so, our New Jersey affiliate: New Jersey Admissions Advisors has been receiving many calls from parents who reside in New Jersey who are choosing to have their children transfer from public schools and apply to private high schools in New Jersey.

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There is now increased demand and competition for the limited spots at these schools! For that reason, based on our research, knowledge and professional working-relationships; and Niche’s “2021 Best Private Schools Ranking:  New Jersey Private Schools”, we have provided a list below to help these families.

Here are the best private high schools in New Jersey (listed alphabetically) based on Niche and our research team:

  • Blair Academy
  • Delbarton School
  • Dwight-Englewood School
  • Gill St. Bernard’s School
  • The Hun School of Princeton
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Morristown-Beard
  • Newark Academy
  • Peddie School
  • The Pingry School
  • Princeton Day School
  • Rutgers Preparatory School

My team and I have visited the schools, talked with admissions officers and understand their mission and what they are seeking in applicants,


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.

2021 All-Boys Top 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, our research and assessment, here is a list of  top U.S. all-boys private high schools:

  • 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
  • Georgetown Preparatory School – North Bethesda, MD
  • St. Marks School of Texas – Dallas, TX
  • McCallie School – Chattanooga, TN
  • Fessenden School – Newton. MA (ninth grade)

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.

2021 Top All-Girls Boarding Schools

All-girls private high schools have a deep understanding of how girls learn and succeed.  They also provide the resources for girls to reach their full potential.  These schools provide a nurturing learning environment that encourages curiosity and independence and motivates girls to thrive and succeed.

Many international families call my firm to inquire, specifically, about independent, college-preparatory boarding schools for girls. They are seeking advice on which schools will provide an excellent U.S. education as well as placement in elite and prestigious U.S. colleges and universities.

Here is a list for parents seeking to send their daughter to a top U.S. boarding school for girls pursuing academic achievement and success.

  • The Hockaday School – Dallas, TX
  • Miss Porter’s School – Farmington, CT
  • Westover School – Middlebury, CT
  • Dana Hall School – Wellesley, MA
  • Miss Hall’s School – Pittsfield, MA
  • Emma Willard School – Troy, NY
  • The Madeira School – McLean, VA
  • Garrison Forest School – Owings Mills, MD
  • The Ethel Walker School – Simsbury, CT
  • Foxcroft School – Middleburgh, VA
  • Chatham Hall – Chatham, VA

Successful boarding school admissions requires expertise and experience to understand how to manage risks, navigate intricacies, design the right admissions strategies, and most importantly understand the admissions policies and professionals who are making admissions decisions – in other words an admissions expert!


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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 diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

2021 Top U.S. Junior Boarding Schools

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Junior boarding schools offer specific benefits to middle school-aged children. They are independent schools which offer 9th grade and lower. Most junior boarding schools cover 6th grade through 9th grade. Many of our U.S. as well as international clients choose junior boarding schools.

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Ben Tuff, Director of Admission and Matt Hoeniger, Former Head of School, with Dr. Paul Lowe
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Chip Audett, Director of Admission, Cardigan Mountain School, with Dr. Paul Lowe

Our team, having visited many of these schools, including Rumsey Hall School and Cardigan Mountain, are aware of the benefits of U.S. junior boarding schools for both international and U.S. middle school-aged students. Junior boarding schools are global communities embracing international and diverse students and faculty. Most importantly, they offer an opportunity for international students to improve their English skills. They also help prepare students for school placement into top high school boarding schools through their secondary school placement departments. Through our many visits, we found that junior boarding schools are close-knit communities of teachers, administrators, mentors, educators and parents who provide an educationally transformative experience for middle-school age/pre-high school students through character development, a nurturing environment and understanding of multiple and different learning styles and building self-confidence.

Here is a list of top junior boarding schools:

  • Bement School
  • Cardigan Mountain School
  • Eaglebrook School
  • Fay School
  • Fessenden School
  • Hillside School
  • Indian Mountain School
  • North Country School
  • Rectory School
  • Rumsey Hall School

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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.

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Dr. Lowe and his team of diverse admissions experts provide unrivaled, unmatched and unparalleled admissions advisory and educational research services for their clients. Most importantly, you work DIRECTLY with Dr. Lowe and get the benefits of his entire team. By working with Dr. Lowe, one-on-one, you work with his reputation, his expertise, his experience and his success!

Dr. Paul Lowe’s Admissions Advice – Priceless

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My clients have been stating that my admissions advice is priceless.  I never truly equated my services with a price.  I have always considered it as an investment in a child’s education.

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Investing in your child’s future!

This week, I received a phone call from a mom who is a lawyer and partner of a major international investment banking firm. She eventually disclosed that she was my client 19 years ago when her parents hired me for private school admissions (she was admitted to Andover) and for college admissions (she was admitted to Harvard).  She needed help with her son for Kindergarten placement in a prestigious private day school (By the way, she met her husband while they were both sophomores at Harvard).

I believe she recognized the potential generational effect of such an investment in her child’s educational future…PRICELESS!

Every parent wants the best for their child!
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Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty? – Dr. Paul Lowe

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge!” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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. 

Dr. Paul Lowe’s Private School Review: Hackley School

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visits and reviews top private day and boarding schools. Hackley School is rated by Niche as:  #2 Best Private High School in Westchester, County NY. It is a coeducational K-12 school day school with a five-day boarding program located in Tarrytown, NY. It’s motto: “Enter here to be and find a friend.”

Here are some interesting facts:

  • Student/Faculty Ratio – 7:1
  • Average Upper School Class Size – 16
  • Student-led Upper School Clubs: 42
  • 27 different sports with over 64 teams across grades 7-12
  • Tuition (Lower School/K-Grade 4): $42,460
  • Tuition (Middle School/Grades 5-8): $46,980
  • Tuition (Upper School/Grades 9-12): $49,975 / Additional $15,000 for 5- day boarding fee
  • Hackley has a five-day boarding program for 30 residential students in grades 9-12.
  • Hackley’s COVID-19 Response

Hackley’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is high.  College Matriculation for the Classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The following colleges and universities enrolled five or more Hackley graduates during this period:

  • Brown
  • Colgate
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Northwestern
  • Princeton
  • Tufts
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • UPenn
  • Yale
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Hackley is one of the top day schools in the Fairchester (Fairfield/Westchester) region. Admissions is hyper-competitive.  It’s one of the many reasons why many parents who reside in Westchester and Fairfield Counties retain our firm!


“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Paul Lowe’s Boarding School Review: Andover

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visits and reviews top private day and boarding schools. Phillips Academy (also known and Andover) is rated by Niche as:  #1 Best Boarding High School in America. Andover is a member of the Ten Schools and is one of the most prestigious, elite and highly selective boarding schools in the world.  It’s acceptance rate is 13%.

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Here are some interesting Andover facts:

  • Student/Faculty Ratio – 5:1
  • Average Class Size – 15
  • Available Courses – 300+
  • Athletics – (67 Interscholastic teams in 21 different sports)
  • Class of 2020 (Senior class size): 294
  • Plans to open Andover campus during COVID-19
  • Tuition (Boarding): $59,850
  • Tuition (Day): $46,400
  • Endowment (in 2020): $1.1Billon
  • New Head of School: Educator, Thought Leader, and Physician: Dr. Raynard Kington M.D., PhD, MBA

Andover’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is extremely high.  Here is the Class of 2020 matriculation statistics to the Ivies and several highly competitive colleges/universities attended: 2020-2021.

  • Harvard (12)
  • Yale (9)
  • Princeton (7)
  • U Penn (4)
  • Brown (7)
  • Cornell (7)
  • Columbia (8)
  • Dartmouth (5)
  • Stanford (10)
  • MIT (8)
  • University of Chicago (16)
  • Carnegie Mellon (6)
  • Tufts (7)
  • University of Michigan (5)
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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe.

Dr. 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.