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.

Dr Lowe Visits Peddie School

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visited Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey.  Rated by Niche as:  #2 Best Boarding High School in N.J. and #1 Best Private High School in N.J.  For parents who live the Tri-state area and Pennsylvania, it on one of the best private schools for their children.  For N.J. residents who desire a private day high school, it’s ideal.  One third of its students are day students.  Peddie is 8 miles from Princeton, NJ and 50 miles from Manhattan and Philadelphia.

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As we walked through the campus, we met students form different countries.  Peddie is truly a multicultural and diverse community.  The students, faculty and staff were energized and welcoming!  We had the opportunity to talk with students who enthusiastically discussed their “Fablab” (It’s an engineering, lab, a programming lab and an advanced fabrication lab) science projects.

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Dr. Lowe had the opportunity to discuss Peddie and its admissions policies with Hannah McCollum, Associate Director Admission.

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Hannah McCollum, Associate Director Admission, Peddie with Dr. Lowe

Peddie’s  admissions is highly competitive. It has an acceptance rate of 22%.  Each year, several graduating students are accepted to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.

This year 2019, all of our U.S. as well as international clients who applied to Peddie were accepted.  Congratulations to all!!

 

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The Power of Our School Visits: Dr. Lowe and his network of admissions advisors continually visit top U.S. boarding schools.  By having on-site school visits, they gather real-time information, perform research, connect with admissions professionals and gain insider-insight.  They are, therefore, able to help their clients gain a competitive advantage in the admissions process and get accepted.​  They visit these schools as much as 3 times annually!  No foreign education agent or U.S.-based independent educational consultant spends their time visiting and understanding the unique individual admissions policies of each school like Boarding School Admissions Consultants.

“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.

Dr Lowe Visits Lawrenceville School

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visited Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  Rated by Niche as:  #1 Best Boarding High School in N.J., #1 Best High School Private School in N.J. and #5 Best Boarding High School in America.

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Dr. Lowe had the opportunity to discuss Lawrenceville and its admissions policies with Samuel Washington, Senior Associate Dean of Admission; Director of Multicultural Affairs.

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Samuel Washington, Senior Assoc. Dean of Admission; Dir. of Multicultural Affairs with Dr. Lowe

Lawrenceville is one of the Ten Schools and what makes it unique among other elite New England schools is that it is only one hour from Manhattan.  Its enrollment is 817 students, but appears as a smaller school because of its unique house system.

Dr. Lowe discussed the admissions criteria for applicants and the “Lawrenceville Effect”: “Bright, young people enter Lawrenceville.  Four years later, they emerge, not only self-aware, but other-aware.”

Lawrenceville is one of the most prestigious, elite and highly selective boarding schools in the world.  Its acceptance rate is 19%.

Lawrenceville’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is high.  Here is a list of colleges/universities attended by five or more graduates of the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019.

  • Brown (20)
  • Carnegie Mellon (11)
  • Columbia (18)
  • Cornell (22)
  • Dartmouth (8)
  • Georgetown (21)
  • Harvard (12)
  • MIT (5)
  • Princeton (31)
  • Stanford (8)
  • Tufts (16)
  • University Chicago (24)
  • UPenn (27)
  • Yale (17)

This year 2019, all of our U.S. as well as international clients who applied to Lawrenceville were accepted.  Congratulations to all!!

 

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The Power of Our School Visits: Dr. Lowe and his network of admissions advisors continually visit top U.S. boarding schools.  By having on-site school visits, they gather real-time information, perform research, connect with admissions professionals and gain insider-insight.  They are, therefore, able to help their clients gain a competitive advantage in the admissions process and get accepted.​  They visit these schools as much as 3 times annually!  No foreign education agent or U.S.-based independent educational consultant spends their time visiting and understanding the unique individual admissions policies of each school like Boarding School Admissions Consultants.

“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. 

We Are The Best – Let Us Prove It

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Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group at its affiliate firms have created a new campaign:  “Are the Best – Let Us  Prove It.”

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Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group affiliates:  Ivy League Admissions Advisors, Boarding School Admissions Consultants, Private School Admissions Advisors, BS MD Admissions Advisors, Medical School Admission Advisors and location affiliates help their clients successfully navigate the competitive admissions process to top private day and boarding schools, Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities BS/MD programs and graduate schools.

Year after year, we receive calls from disappointed parents (and students) who either tried the competitive admissions process on their own or hired inexperienced educational consultants who are not specialized in the hyper-competitive admissions process.  The result: admissions disaster and catastrophe – rejection from all their top day and boarding schools, colleges and universities and acceptance into “good fit” safety schools!

We have been in business for over 21 years and take pride in our unmatched admissions success and results.

“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.

Elite Boarding Schools Matter!

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Your child attending an elite boarding school really do matter!!!

In addition to excellent education, athletic departments, art and science programs and networking opportunities, they represent prestige, status and are still considered feeder schools to Ivy league and highly selective colleges and universities.

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This year, we had conversions with college counseling personnel at some of the most prestigious boarding schools in the U.S.  When you hear that at times 10-15 students from each of the top boarding schools being accepted to Harvard or Yale Princeton, Brown or Columbia, etc., then it really does matter.  It’s a hyper/hyper-competitive college admissions environment (see our blog: “Class of 2023 College Admissions Rates”) and students (and their parents) need a competitive edge.

There are many boarding schools through out the world and now even more American-type-international schools in China.  However, top U.S. boarding schools continue to provide the best college admissions advantages and results.

Here is the list of top 25 U.S. boarding high schools by rank:

  1. Phillips Academy – Andover, MA
  2. Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter, NH
  3. St. Paul’s School – Concord, NH
  4. Lawrenceville School – Lawrenceville, NJ
  5. Choate Rosemary Hall – Wallingford, CT
  6. Deerfield Academy – Deerfield, MA
  7. Groton School – Groton, MA
  8. Noble & Greenough School – Dedham, MA
  9. Cranbrook School – Bloomfield Hills, MI
  10. Hotchkiss School – Lakeville, CT
  11. Hockaday School – Dallas, TX
  12. Cate School  – Carpinteria, CA
  13. Middlesex School – Concord, MA
  14. Thacher School – Ojai, CA
  15. Milton Academy – Milton, MA
  16. Lake Forest Academy – Lake Forest, IL
  17. St. Albans School – Washington, DC
  18. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Austin, TX
  19. Hackley School – Tarrytown, NY
  20. Peddie School – Hightstown, NJ
  21. Kent School  – Kent, CT
  22. Emma Willard School – Troy, NY
  23. Taft School – Watertown, CT
  24. Concord Academy – Concord, MA
  25. Madeira School – Mclean, VA

Please review our: 2019 boarding school acceptances.

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Sam Washington, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Lawrenceville School with Dr. Lowe

“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.   

Why International Families Choose Top U.S. Boarding Schools

1. Top U.S. Boarding schools are most prestigious secondary schools in the world.

2. Many boarding school graduates get admitted to the prestigious universities all over the world every year, this includes universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, etc.

3. Students who study abroad can study for an extended period of time. Their high school diploma/certificate can then be recognized as valid in their home countries as well as other countries.

4. Students of top U.S. boarding schools live in residential houses located within the campus itself with other top students.  They can take advantage of copious campus facilities and activities and they get incorporated into the student community.

5. Students of boarding schools obtain F-1 visas that secure the same rights the American students have. They will find no obstacles in pursuing their further studies not only at prestigious American universities, but anywhere else in the world.

6. Parents want the best return on investment for children’s education.

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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.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants  and 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.

How To Choose The Right Education for Your Child

Dr. Paul Lowe was invited to speak at 99 Hudson Sales Gallery on “How to Choose the Right Education for Your Child”.  His seminar focused on early childhood education through high school and primarily on top/elite private school and Ivy League and highly selective college admissions. 99 Hudson Street is a premier luxury condominium complex scheduled to be completed in December 2019, developed by the world-renowned investment and development firm China Overseas America, Inc. and designed by the highly acclaimed multi-national architecture firm Perkins Eastman.

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Model of 99 Hudson

Located in Jersey City and New Jersey’s soon-to-be-tallest tower, 99 Hudson is just a four-minute PATH train ride away from the World Trade Center and also accessible to Manhattan by light rail and ferry.  The China Overseas America-developed condo building will eventually soar to 887 feet with a total of 781 units. Sales for available units range in price from $557,000 to over $3,764,000.

Edwin Blanco, the Sales Manager at 99 Hudson stated, “Being the tallest building in New Jersey, 99 Hudson’s Penthouses offer 180-degree views including One World Trade, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Remaining Penthouses offer at least 2300 square feet of interior space and up to 1,167 square feet of private outdoor space.”

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Dr. Lowe with Edwin Blanco, Sales Manager at 99 Hudson and seminar moderator.

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View from one of the penthouses at 99 Hudson

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View from one of the penthouses at 99 Hudson

The interaction between Dr. Lowe and the participants at the presentation proved to be very informative.  Expect the residents of this new luxury complex to take advantage of all the great educational resources that New Jersey has to offer.

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

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. 

It’s A New Admissions Year – 2019

Welcome to Dr.Paul Lowe’s Admissions Expert Blog – 2019

My team and I have been visiting elite private schools, colleges, BS/MD programs, medical, law and graduate schools since late December and January.

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 was January 15th.  Admission decisions will be available online by March 9th for boarding schools.
  • 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! For 2019, expect an increase in international student applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.
  • 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.  The transfer application this year has several changes!
  • BS/MD Admissions:  Competition for coveted spots is heightened based on the increased number of applicants this year.  Expect an increase in 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 letters of recommendation.  Also, the new AAMC guidelines may affect the decision-making process considerably!
  • 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. Graduate school enrollment continues to increase! Overall application volumes to graduate programs are steady and there is an expected increase from the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe regions.  

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

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

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 Lowe Visits Canterbury School

Tucked away on the hilltop of New Milford Connecticut you will find a treasure that some have already discovered.  It is what I call one of hidden gems of boarding schools – Canterbury School.  I recently visited Canterbury, my second time, this year.  Canterbury is located in the northeastern portion of Connecticut – Litchfield County 150 miles from Boston, 85 miles from New York City, 45 miles from Hartford, and 35 miles from New Haven.  Offering admissions for grades 9-12 and a post-grad program, the average class size is 12.

Each administrator in the Admissions Office was extremely welcoming and friendly.  The office was abuzz with activity.  Students stopping by would have a warm Hi!  As we passed students on the tour, they were equally happy and cordial.  We visited its new Robotics Lab; its Robotics Team has placed in competitions.  We visited several classes, including a class taught by Kim Tester, Fine Arts Chair and observed her class as students creatively and enthusiastically engaged in their art works.

Canterbury definitely has a positive and welcoming vibe.  It has a cooperative and collaborative learning atmosphere.  From the tour and observation of classrooms and its student center there is conspicuous ethnic diversity and a true sense of community among students.

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I had a chance to talk with Matt Mulhern (Class of 1995), Canterbury’s Director of Admissions.  His enthusiasm about Canterbury was evident.  He stated that students at Canterbury are encouraged – and have the support – to do it all – academically and extracurricularly (athletics, arts etc.) and that it offers students the opportunity to become their best and most dynamic selves.  Under the direction of Sarah Ferland, Director of College Counseling, Canterbury has placed graduates at top colleges and universities including but not limited to: Amherst College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Wesleyan University and Yale University.

Canterbury’s future plans: Building a new 20,000 square foot Student Commons building, creating a Campus Square and Streetscape and renovating the Hume Hall the central academic building at the heart of the campus.  This treasure keeps getting better and better!

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 and analyzing a specific school’s atmosphere, vibe, rhythm, tone, color, experience, culture and mission, 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.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants.  and 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.

Dr. Lowe Visits The Avenues: The World School

I recently visited The Avenues: The World School and it is truly a world-class school!

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The Avenues – 259 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, NY

When I visited the Avenues (its global headquarters in Manhattan), I had an opportunity to have separate private tours with Melissa Hong, Director of Admissions for the Early Learning Center (N–K) and Grades 1–4, and then Keven Lee, Associate Director of Admissions, Grades 5–12.  They were welcoming, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaged administrators.

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Keven Lee, Associate Director of Admissions, The Avenues and Dr. Paul Lowe

We toured the entire campus.  I observed polite and very happy children.  All the teachers we met were happy, enthusiastic and engaged.  I heard students speaking Mandarin and Spanish (we are talking primary grades-The Avenues curriculum includes multilingual immersion educational program in Mandarin and Spanish).  The cafeteria and maintenance personnel were also happy and welcoming.  The school just bustles with multiculturalism and energy!

The Avenues has its own 20,000-square-foot full-size gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness and weight rooms.  In addition to its in-house facilities, Avenues students also have access to much more, including the facilities of Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex.  These facilities accommodate the multitude of sports teams offered by The Avenues, which include baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, squash, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as recreational activities such as badminton, floor hockey, hand ball, gymnastics, rock-climbing, soccer and much more.

In August, The Avenues opened its campus: “Avenues São Paulo”, a 40,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art educational facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Over the next decade, Avenues plans to build campuses in more of the world’s leading cities and regions, including but not limited to the following:  Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Miami, San Francisco, Shenzhen, Silicon Valley and Singapore.

In addition to physical campuses, The Avenues recently launched its third campus, Avenues Online (AON) a proprietary learning program of The Avenues offering an online curriculum that allows students in grades 6-12 to learn anywhere, anytime.

The Avenue states: “The uniquely global scope of Avenues’ curriculum provides students with the educational and extracurricular opportunities that make for competitive and compelling college applications.”  The Avenues first high school graduating class was in 2016.  From 2016-2018 its graduates have moved on to such Ivy League and highly competitive schools as:  Barnard College, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University and Yale University.

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Other 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.

“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.  and 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.