Dr Paul Lowe Visits Greenwich Country Day School

On October 5th, Dr. Lowe was invited to a Greenwich Country Day School presentation.  The School, located in Greenwich, CT (in lower Fairfield County, 35 miles north of Manhattan) is entering a new chapter in its 92-year history – the opening of a new innovative high school in September 2019.  Located two miles from the existing campus on Old Church Road, its new Stanwich Road high school campus will house grades nine through twelve on 33-acres.

According to Adam Rhodie, Headmaster, the school will emphasize the “four Cs”: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.  According to Cheryl Plummer, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, “Greenwich Country Day School fosters personal growth, authentic engagement and deep connections to learning.”

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Cheryl Plummer, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Greenwich Country Day with Dr. Lowe

The following is a list of some of the colleges and universities attended by graduates of GCDS (nursery through ninth grade program) for the past five years: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. The GCDS alumni clearly received a great head start in their academic endeavors as they went on to their respective secondary schools.

During the presentation the Head of Upper School, Dr. Chris Winters, a seasoned and successful secondary school administrator and educator, plans to continue the GCDS tradition of progressive learning as they construct their curriculum and academics in and for a joyful learning environment. With the recent appointment of Andy Ramirez as the School’s Director of College Counseling (he was the former Director of College Counseling at The Dalton School, former Associate Director of College Counseling at Princeton Day School, former Assistant Dean of Admissions at Princeton University and Associate Dean of Admissions at Bowdoin College), it is expected that this Ivy League and top-tier college matriculation trend will continue after the new GCDS high school opens.

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.

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 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 Phillips Exeter Academy

In April, I had the great opportunity to visit Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the top U.S. boarding schools.  I also had the opportunity to visit it again during the summer to observe its summer camp.   When I visit schools, I make the time to see admissions officers, enrollment managers and heads of schools to keep abreast of their admissions policies, school changes and trends.  In this way, we obtain knowledge to help our clients.

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Eleanor Jean Down, Assistant Director of Admissions with Dr. Lowe at Phillips Exeter
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Nahin Ignacio Jorgge, Assoc Dir/Coord of Multicultural and Diversity Recruitment Exeter with Dr. Lowe

Exeter is just a fabulous school!  The class sizes are small.  I visited several classes and the average class size was 10 students.  The students were intellectually engaged and motivated.  There was much collaborative and cooperative learning in each of the classrooms I visited.  As I toured the campus and visited classrooms, I also saw diversity in culture and race.  I had several discussions with international students and they all had such praises about the Exeter experience and its exciting community.

Each year, we place several U.S. and international clients at Exeter and they all talk about the Extraordinary Exeter Experience!  Many of our clients from China have attended Exeter and have moved on to the Ivies.  One Chinese client who graduated now attends Harvard.  Another attends Yale and another attends Brown.  All stated and agreed that the Exeter experience prepared them well for their perspective universities.

What makes Exeter great:

  • Harkness method: – Developed by Exeter
  • Abundance of student clubs and organizations: Over 150 ranging from Academy Belly Dancing Society to Zumba Club.  Exeter also encourages students to start their own club.
  • College counseling and placement:  Year after year students are accepted into the Ivy League and high selective colleges
  • The Extraordinary Exeter Experience:  Life-changing experience in the Exeter community and interaction with of students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 30 foreign countries.
  • Happy students:  The students were approachable, helpful and happy.

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 , 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.