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.   

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.

Hiring An Educational Consultant: What’s Your Price?

From time to time, parents who inquire about our services first ask:  “What’s your price?” before even asking what we do and our success rate.

It’s obvious from this question that they are shopping for the cheapest price, not the best service.  I imagine that these parents would ask the same question, considering the cheapest price and not quality service, to a pediatric surgeon, a tax attorney, a financial advisor or perhaps a vendor in an open market place.

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Hiring an independent private admissions advisor is an academic investment in a child’s future, not an expense – It’s priceless.

If a parent is willing to make the choice to shop for the cheapest price then they should be willing to accept that this choice is the reason why their child was REJECTED from their top choice private/boarding school or college.  Remember the adage: “You get what you pay for”.

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

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

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs. 

Dr Lowe Visits Phillips Academy Andover

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors recently visited Phillips Academy Andover aka Andover.

As you all know, Andover is a member of the Ten Schools and is one of the most prestigious, elite and highly selective boarding schools in the world.  It’s acceptance rate is 13%.

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Andover is an extraordinary boarding school with endless opportunities.  It’s academics, facilities and teachers are simply amazing.  Add all this to the atmosphere of bright and happy students and you get a community that produces future world leaders.

 

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Andover’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is high.  Here is a list of the number of students from the Class of 2018 who attend these top colleges and universities:

  • Brown (14)
  • Columbia (9)
  • Cornell (10)
  • Dartmouth (6)
  • Georgetown (9)
  • Harvard (11)
  • MIT (8)
  • Princeton (5)
  • Stanford (6)
  • Tufts (11)
  • University Chicago (17)
  • UPenn (8)
  • Yale (14)

With a graduating class of 321 this means that 40% of its class were accepted to Ivy League and the most competitive colleges and universities.  See our blog: Elite Boarding Schools Matter!

This year 2019, all of our U.S. as well as international clients who applied to Andover 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.   

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.