Top US Boarding Schools Are In Demand

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of private school vs. boarding school education. Boarding schools, because to their immense resources and facilities are attracting U.S. as well as international families even in the midst of the pandemic! As a result of the exodus from the Manhattan private (day) school universe, students transferring from public schools (many public schools were ill-prepared for virtual classes), and the mere increased interest in the college counseling departments of these schools (for example: Phillips Exeter Academy, boarding school admissions is now even more competitive. We are seeing an increased and dramatic interest in boarding schools.

Many international as well as U.S. parents who call us are under the perception or misconception that it’s easier to gain admissions to top boarding schools – It’s not!

Based on our research, knowledge and professional working-relationships; and Niche’s “2021 Best Boarding Schools In America Ranking”, we have provided a list below to help these families who are seeking the boarding school alternative.

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Here is a current list of the top 25 U.S. boarding high schools:

  • Phillips Academy – Andover, MA
  • Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter, NH
  • St. Paul’s School – Concord, NH
  • Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Choate Rosemary Hall – Wallingford, CT
  • Deerfield Academy – Deerfield, MA
  • Groton School – Groton, MA
  • Noble & Greenough School – Dedham, MA
  • Cranbrook School – Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, CT
  • Hockaday School – Dallas, TX
  • Cate School – Carpinteria, CA
  • Middlesex School – Concord, MA
  • Thacher School – Ojai, CA
  • Milton Academy – Milton, MA
  • Lake Forest Academy – Lake Forest, IL
  • St. Albans School – Washington, DC
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Austin, TX
  • Hackley School – Tarrytown, NY
  • Peddie School – Hightstown, NJ
  • Kent School – Kent, CT
  • Emma Willard School – Troy, NY
  • Taft School – Watertown, CT
  • Concord Academy – Concord, MA
  • Madeira School – Mclean, VA

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

“Parents hire us because they choose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

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. 

Eleanor Jean Down, Assistant Director of Admissions with Dr. Lowe at Phillips Exeter

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.   

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Top Private Schools In New Jersey Are In Demand

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We have been receiving more calls from parents who have stated that they are seeking alternatives to public schools because of COVID-19 pandemic impact on public schools. Many parents have decided to either move to New Jersey and seek private day and boarding schools. Many realtors and relocation experts have been calling us, at our New Jersey Admissions Advisors affiliate, to help their clients meet their educational goals for their children as they are seeking private schools in New Jersey private schools.

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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 and real estate experts.

Here are the top 10 private 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
  • Newark Academy
  • Peddie School
  • The Pingry School
  • Princeton Day School
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Dr. Lowe at Lawrenceville with Samuel Washington, Sr. Associate Dean of Admission
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Dr. Paul Lowe at Dwight-Englewood with Naseer Samedy, Dir. Middle School Admissions and Kavita Bafana, Dir. Upper School Admissions
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Dr. Paul Lowe at Peddie with Hannah McCollum, Associate Dir. of Admission
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Dr. Paul Lowe at the Hun School of Princeton with Steve Bristol Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning

WE KNOW TOP NEW JERSEY PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND THE SUPERIOR EDUCATION THEY PROVIDE!

Many families view private schools as being better equipped, not only because they provide a superb educational experience and adaptable resources to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because they have high percentages of college acceptances to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.

As result, we are seeing an increase in the number of parents seeking to transfer from New Jersey public schools to local top private day and boarding schools. This sudden and dramatic surge in demand for private schools in New Jersey has increased the competition for entrance into these schools – That’s where Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors come in!  By being different, Dr. Lowe and his team provide unique admissions advisory services unmatched by any independent educational consultant in the New Jersey. Our admissions advisors affiliates include: Private School Admissions Advisors and Boarding School Admissions Advisors.

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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 affiliates, New Jersey Admissions Advisors  and Private School Admissions Advisors help students gain admissions to elite private schools in Manhattan and surrounding areas.  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.

Top Private Schools in Fairfield/Westchester Counties Are in Demand

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This since this summer, we have observed more and more parents establish permanent residences in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.  Temporary weekend residences are now becoming permanent residences.  Many realtors and relocation experts have been calling us to help their clients meet their educational goals for their children as they are seeking private schools in “Fairchester” (private schools in Fairfield and Westchester Counties).

Based on our research, knowledge and professional working-relationships; and Niche’s “2021 Best Private High Schools Ranking:  Fairfield and Westchester Counties Private High Schools”, we have provided a list below to help these families and real estate experts.

Here are the top private high schools in Fairfield/Westchester Counties (listed alphabetically) based on Niche and our research team:

  • Brunswick School
  • Greens Farms Academy
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Hackley School
  • King School
  • The Masters School
  • Rye Country Day School
  • Sacred Heart Greenwich

Many families view private schools as being better equipped, not only because they provide a superb educational experience and adaptable resources to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because they have high percentages of college acceptances to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities. As result, we are seeing an increase in the number of parents seeking to transfer from public schools to private schools. This sudden and dramatic surge in demand for private schools in Fairchester has increased the competition for entrance into these schools – That’s where Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors come in!  By being different, Dr. Lowe and his team provide unique admissions advisory services unmatched by any independent educational consultant in the Fairchester region. Our location affiliates include: Greenwich Admissions Advisors and Westchester Admissions Advisors.

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

“Parents hire us because they chose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – 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.  Private school admissions affiliate:  Boarding School Admissions Consultants and 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.

Coronavirus Effect on Back To School

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It’s Back-To-School season!  As we enter the seventh month of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on secondary education, many of our clients, private as well as public school administrators and teachers are reporting to us their potential approaches to education in the current COVID-19 environment.

Some parents are forming learning pods.  Some parents are hiring tutors to supplement online learning at schools that are fully online.  Some parents are forgoing traditional schools that will be open in favor of homeschooling. Some parents have elected to build on their lots to provide their own “private” schools with virtual classrooms

We are also seeing parents who have sent their children to suburban public schools switching to private day and boarding schools, many of which have spent the late spring and summer busily preparing new rules, procedures, and protocols, while improving HVAC systems and technology for the new term.

Many elite private day and boarding schools, with their immense resources, have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic with online classes, or for in-person schooling, using COVID-19 specific guidelines for social distance spacing, upgrading ventilation systems and adding antibacterial film on desks, handrails and doorknobs.  Some have purchased new buildings or adapted old ones to accommodate spacing guidelines. As many are aware, private schools have seen a flurry of new interest from families who view private schools as being better equipped to provide robust instruction, given their financial resources, space and nimbleness in adapting.

According to a recent survey of members by the National Association of Independent Schools, nationwide, 40% of independent schools planned to open fully in-person this fall, 19% fully online, and 41% in a hybrid model. By contrast, most of the country’s 20 largest public districts expect to start with only remote instruction.

Regardless of the approach, as high school seniors and juniors are beginning to return to schools, it will be important for them to maintain their focus on their educational goals. When the dust settles and students are into their educational routines, high school seniors and juniors will need to consider how college admissions and their school counseling landscape has been disrupted and changed in this unfamiliar environment.  Much has changed!  It will be important to keep abreast of the changes and understand how this new environment and uncertainty applies to future educational goal.

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

“Parents hire us because they chose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – 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.  Private school admissions affiliate:  Boarding School Admissions Consultants and of Private School Admissions Advisors

Manhattanites Seeking Private Schools in Westchester and Fairfield Counties

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Over the past months, starting from March, we have been receiving calls from anxious Manhattan parents who are seeking private schools for their children in Westchester and Lower Fairfield Counties.  Real estate companies, relocation companies, executive assistants, and nannies have been calling us for admissions advice and placement.  Some wish to temporarily rent and eventually return while others are purchasing homes for permanent residencies and seeking not to return to Manhattan.

The sudden surge in demand for private schools in these areas has increased the competition for entrance to these schools.  Additionally, the simultaneous en masse relocations have increased the numbers of parents seeking transfer outside of the normal admissions season which ended in April.  Since schools have limited seats this has exacerbated the competition.

My team and I have visited many schools throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties.  Here are lists of the top private schools in Westchester/Lower Fairfield Counties:

Top private schools in Westchester County:

  1. Hackley School
  2. Rye Country Day School
  3. The Masters School
  4. The Harvey School
  5. Rippowam Cisqua School

Top private schools in Lower Fairfield County:

  1. Brunswick School
  2. Greenwich Academy
  3. Greenwich Country Day
  4. Greens Farms Academy
  5. King School
  6. Sacred Heart Academy
  7. New Canaan Country Day
  8. Whitby School

Dr. Lowe’s Private School Visits:  Other independent educational consultants may depend on telephonic interviews, group speed meetings in central locations, or simply read literature and review websites and repeat it to families.  I physically visit schools and actively interact with school admissions personnel, senior administrators and students. My clients are, therefore, placed in the most appropriate school for their (and their parents’) happiness.  My approach ensures that your child will be placed in the best and most appropriate top-choice school.  By understanding, analyzing and researching a specific school’s atmosphere, vibe, rhythm, tone, color, experience, culture diversity and mission, my team and I can clearly articulate what differentiates one school from another to consumers/families. 

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

“Parents hire us because they choose to pay an admissions expert who will help them avoid making mistakes.” – 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 and private 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.

Hiring An Admissions Expert – One Less Thing To Worry About

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It’s April and we are receiving calls and emails from parents whose children were rejected or placed on the or wait-list (which means that “we love your child, but we don’t have spot available today, tomorrow or perhaps never”) for Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities and top private day and boarding schools.

When I ask the question: “Did you hire an admissions expert?”  The answer is always No!

It is surprising to me that these same parents may hire the best tutor for academic subjects, the best building experts for house repairs, the best soccer or lacrosse coach or the best hairstylist.  However, when it comes to their children’s educational future, which ultimately affects their future, they choose to make the decision that an admissions expert is unnecessary.

Benjamin Franklin famously advised “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  For those of you who tend to worry, here are the reasons why you should hire an admissions expert so that you don’t develop irreversible worry wrinkles or “the dreaded elevens”:

  • Admissions experts have personal and current specialized knowledge of what is happening at educational institutions because of their long-standing professional relationships with admissions departments and officers.
  • Admissions experts know that the devil is in the details; research, due diligence and thorough assessment are par for the course.
  • Admissions experts understand how to use an application as personal branding and marketing tool for your child’s admissions success.
  • Admissions experts understand the diplomacy, advocacy and strategic game plan are needed for admissions success.
  • Admissions experts understand and embrace the competitive nature of admissions process.
  • Admissions experts understand that valuable advice is investment in your child’s future, not an expense.
  • Admissions experts view admissions as a non-formulaic, competitive endeavor.  Admissions experts help your child achieve the goal they’ve worked on since childhood – acceptance into their top choice school.

The question that parents who are about to enter the admissions process should ask themselves:  Why worry?

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

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

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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.   

 

 

Private School Admissions: My Child Was Not Accepted

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You were certain that your son would be accepted.  He had excellent grades.  He played on a great sports team. His SSAT scores were off the charts. You made sure that his school principal knew him. The Math and English teacher recommendations were amazing (you even had a parent of a student at your target school write a recommendation). You thought that your top-choice school board member’s recommendation would help. You thought that you wrote excellent parent statements and thought that his student statements were great.  The campus visit and the admissions interview, in your opinion, were also great.

However, when you gazed at your cell phone you discovered, to your surprise, that the school(s) didn’t accept your child.  WHAT HAPPENED? Where did you go wrong? What do you do now?

As a private school admissions advisor, I am now receiving calls and emails from anxious and nervous parents who thought they did everything right.

If your child was REJECTED (or WAIT-LISTED, which means that “we love your child, but we don’t have spot available today, tomorrow or perhaps NEVER”), what can you do at this stage in the process?  SOMETHING WASN’T RIGHT!

From my observation, 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 incorrect 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 politics of top boarding school admissions or does not even continually visit schools and know directors of admissions.

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 and boarding schools, that admissions officers review all the data, appreciate transparency and are experts in their fields.

Many parents also believe that private school admissions officers/committees focus primarily on tangible factors that are measurable and quantifiable.  The reality is that admissions officers’ emotions, feelings and value judgement play a significant role in admissions decisions.

When I work with my clients, I ensure that they are protected from the uncertainties and the unexpected in admissions. I physically visit schools and actively interact with school admissions personnel, senior administrators and therefore help my clients avoid the irrevocable mistakes that cause rejections or being placed on the “permanent” waitlist.

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Dr. Lowe’s Private School Visits: Other independent educational consultants may depend on telephonic interviews, group speed meetings in central locations, or simply read literature and review websites and repeat it to families.  As an admissions expert, I physically visit schools and actively interact with school admissions personnel, senior administrators and students. My clients are, therefore, placed in the most appropriate school for their (and their parents’) happiness.  My approach ensures that your child will be placed in the best and most appropriate top-choice school.  By understanding, analyzing and researching a specific school’s atmosphere, vibe, rhythm, tone, color, experience, culture diversity and mission, my team and I can clearly articulate what differentiates one school from another to consumers/families.

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

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.   

Advantages of Working with a Private School Expert

Applying to top private day and boarding schools is anxiety-ridden and filled with minefields.  I often hear of the mistakes parent (and their children) make during the process when they call me regarding what to do after their child has been waitlisted or rejected from their top-choice schools.

When I ask them if they had hired an admissions advisor who specialize in top day and boarding schools the answer is always no. The next question they ask is about price.  Here is the conundrum: By not hiring a qualified private school expert they have essentially saved tuition payments to their intended top school.

Here is a list of advantages of hiring a private school expert:

  • Private school experts have personal and current specialized knowledge of what boarding and day schools are all about and how to find one that would be a good fit for you and your family.
  • Private school experts know that the devil is in the details; they continually visit schools to gain first-hand experience and insight of each school’s unique perspective and workings.
  • Private school experts know what questions to ask you to assess how your application should be framed to demonstrate your child’s uniqueness, as well as how to manage themselves during their school visits.
  • Private school experts assist families with school applications and review.
  • Private school experts provide mock interview prep sessions for parent and student interviews.
  • Private school experts have the unique opportunity to learn from and interact one-on-one with the heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.
  • Private school experts understand the diplomacy and advocacy needed for their clients.

 

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Parents want acceptance letters!

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

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  and day schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding and day 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.   

Why Choose a Top Boarding School Admissions Consultant

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    Acceptance to a top boarding school for your child is one of the most important and educational investment decisions you will ever make.  You might try to research thoroughly on your own, obtain help from friends or obtain guidance from an independent educational consultant who may not specialize in top boarding school admissions and placement.
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    We recommend that you hire a full-time professional who has had years of experience in top and elite boarding school search, admissions and placement.  Most consultants of this caliber offer full-service comprehensive packages that span over several months to a year.
    Since top boarding schools are not all the same, consultants will also advise consideration of a range of schools that are nurturing, offer cutting-edge academic experiences, learning support and experiences to prepare each student for successful futures.  Top consultants discuss the pros and cons of the more rigorous schools or might help a family decide whether to repeat a year.

    International families may NEED MORE HELP in navigating the top boarding school admissions process and placement because they or their locally-based educational agents are not aware of the continually changing admissions policies and missions of top boarding schools.

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    Top boarding school admissions consultants know the inside scoop on boarding schools, and they get this through their campus visits, meetings with admissions officers, and by seeing the successes of the students they place at schools.

Is the investment in the advice of a top boarding school admissions consultant worth it?

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We think so…it’s your child’s educational future!

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Dr. Lowe’s Private School Visits: Other independent educational consultants may depend on telephonic interviews, group speed meetings in central locations, or simply read literature and review websites and repeat it to families.  As an admissions expert, I physically visit schools and actively interact with school admissions personnel, senior administrators and students. My clients are, therefore, placed in the most appropriate school for their (and their parents’) happiness.  My approach ensures that your child will be placed in the best and most appropriate top-choice school.  By understanding, analyzing and researching a specific school’s atmosphere, vibe, rhythm, tone, color, experience, culture diversity and mission, my team and I can clearly articulate what differentiates one school from another to consumers/families.

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

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.   

Party With Moms Interviews Admissions Expert Dr Paul Lowe

Remy Cook, CEO of Party with Moms:  Dr. Paul Lowe is managing director of Greenwich Admissions Advisors, a boutique firm that helps place students into top-flight schools.   I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Lowe and discuss his firm and business philosophy.

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Generally, Lowe helps clients who are applying to elite universities, private schools and medical schools. For the consulting services provided, Lowe charges a flat fee that ranges from $5,000 to as to high as $250,000, depending on the type of specialized admissions or strategic advisory service.

PWM: How did you get into this line of work?

Dr. Lowe: I was a physician-scientist, worked on Wall Street for a year and was a serial entrepreneur.  During this time, I also was a Brown University alumni interviewer. I discovered as a Brown interviewer that applicants, regardless of their socio-economic status, were not really prepared for the competitive college application process.  I became a college admissions adviser specializing in Ivies and top-tier colleges about 21 years ago and branched out to elite and prestigious private day and boarding schools 11 years ago.

PWM: What schools do you primarily focus on? 

Dr Lowe: We focus on Ivy League colleges and universities, top private day and boarding schools, top graduate and medical schools and BS MD programs.  The Elite Eight: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell and UPenn, and the top-tier schools like Duke, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, MIT, etc.  My wife, three children and I were all accepted to and attended the Ivies, so that’s what I know and believe in. As an African-American family, with West Indian heritage (I was born in Jamaica), it’s always been important to us to focus on achieving the very best, and education is very important.  It’s the ultimate American dream, and now international dream as well, to attend an Ivy League school and a top private school.

PWM: Why the Ivy League and private schools?

Dr. Lowe: I often hear parents and even other independent educational consultants say it’s about the fit.  For many people, especially the clientele with whom I interact, so-called prestige and brand-name schools are important to them because they know they can have an education where they are surrounded by exceptional students and faculty.  So, they strive for the very best possible education, then they find the fit among those institutions.  Many years ago, I had a client and she was just a superstar. She was admitted to multiple Ivies; she chose Dartmouth because she was an outdoorsy-type athlete. She loved to ski and hike and climb mountains, so that was a better fit for her than Harvard, Yale, Brown or Columbia.

PWM: What is your admissions strategy?

Dr. Lowe: That begins with who I am.  Being African American, Ivy League-trained, having knowledge of several languages (and cultures) and being a jazz musician allows me to understand and interpret people.  Successful admissions is about understanding, appreciating and respecting different nuances in cultures, ethnicities and human nature. It’s about a thorough analysis and interpretation of the changes in business, economic, socio-political and admissions trends. It’s an art as well as a science mixed in with insight, foresight and experience.  Being different in this industry (Lowe laughs), and appreciating and embracing the challenges of being different allow me and my team to help my clients stand out and get accepted into their top-choice schools.  When I walk into certain situations, based on people’s reactions and non-verbal cues, I feel and know that I am perceived as different. I use that art and sensitivity to help my clients successfully stand out.

PWM: What type of strategic services do you provide?

Dr. Lowe: In addition to traditional college admissions, we also provide concierge strategic consulting services to legacy, development and resumed education applicants.

PWM: What makes your firm stand out?

Dr. Lowe: We are an African- American owned and managed firm that specializes in admissions to elite educational institutions.  Our core team and supportive administrative staff respect and have different and diverse thinking styles.  We are not a jack-of all-trades firm that provides tutoring services and other educational ancillary services or own and manage schools.  A successful record in admissions is not achieved by chance or luck.  My team and I treat the admissions process as a competitive sport so that our clients can win!

PWM: How has “Varsity Blues” affected your business?

Dr. Lowe: The reaction of people has been very interesting. Of course, no one is happy with the cheating and bribery scandal.  Because we are an honest, transparent and trusted firm, more parents are calling us.  People are aware of the competition to gain entrance into top schools and are now more aware of unethical aspects in this industry. They are also now more aware of high-end admissions advisors, like me, who provide specialized concierge-type services.

PWM: What should new clients of yours expect?

Dr. Lowe: I focus specifically on positive outcomes and success.  I am enthusiastic and detailed in pursuing this goal and leave no stone unturned in preparing my clients. They know that I truly care about getting their child accepted into top schools. The process really starts with a question: How can my team and I, using the inherent academic, artistic or athletic qualities of a student, present him/her in a positive light to an admissions committee of seven to eight different people?

 

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PWM: Who makes up the bulk of your clientele?

Dr. Lowe: About 60 percent of our clients are international families who reside in the U.S. or other countries. The balance are mostly families who reside in the tri-state area and southern states. We cater to families who want the best admissions outcome for their children and can afford our services.  Our services are not for everyone.

PWM: For those parents and students who are striving for the elite school experiences, what should Greenwich parents realize about getting into a top school?

Dr. Lowe: Many U.S. parents have this idea that their children are only competing with other children locally and regionally. They have no idea or may be in denial of the global educational competition. Parents from the midwestern states or desert southwest may want their child to attend east coast private school.  Families may be relocating from the south or the west coast.  And of course, there are the international students from Brazil, Russia, India, China and now Africa.  Parents of these students understand the competitive advantage of hiring a private, on-call admissions adviser and the global value of a U.S. educational pedigree.

PWM: Can you talk more about your fees?

Dr. Lowe: Our fees are value-added investment in a child’s future.  Our clients view our fees, not as a cost, but as an investment in their child’s future and to them that’s worth more than real estate, a second home, or a fancy car.  A child’s future is not a depreciating asset, it’s not even an asset.  Your child is your legacy!  Hiring our firm is simply a choice whether to give your child a competitive advantage.

PWM: What’s the hardest part of your job? What’s the most rewarding?

Dr. Lowe: Most difficult: It can be difficult to have a parent step back in this process.  It’s understandable because they have spent years planning and doing everything for their child, but its challenging when parents assume that they are the admissions experts during their child’s admissions journey because they read several books on college admissions or an article on college admissions. Or when they believe that a “connection” will get their child admitted to a school. Parents, in our target market, are very intelligent, well-educated, in many cases well-connected and well-off financially. However, they fail to understand that their skill sets in business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, engineering do not apply to the admissions universe or may be detrimental to successfully navigating their child’s college admissions process or admission to a private school.

Most rewarding: It’s very rewarding to witness the student blossoming. They develop a self-assurance as this process progresses.  Of course, I love when I see parents and children celebrate the acceptance to their top-choice schools (the family hugs, pets included), when I’m invited to my client’s high school and (four years later) college graduation.  And what is truly gratifying for me is when I hear that my client is vice president of a major investment banking firm, a partner in a white-shoe law firm, CEO of a unicorn, a practicing physician, or the lead attorney in a major government agency. They are just happy moments! It’s a wonderful feeling.

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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.   Its medical school admissions affiliate: Medical School Admissions Advisors. The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.