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How to Revise Your Written Responses For Private and Charter School Applications (with an Eye for Detail)

Topic: Private School  |  Posted on January 11th, 2024  |  Written by CEA HQ

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, odds are you have a few essays (also referred to as written responses) drafted for your school application. You’re aaaalmost to the finish line. The only thing that separates you from that “Submit” button is our tried and true revision process. Our editing process is all about diligence and attention […]

Phillips Exeter Academy 2022-23 Applicant Essay Guide

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on October 31st, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Phillips Exeter Academy, located in Exeter, New Hampshire, is a highly selective, coeducational independent school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. In order to apply, prospective students are asked to pen two essays between 200 and 500 words each. Let’s dig in. Instructions: Please respond to two essay questions keeping each response between […]

Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School Application Essay Guide

Topic: Private School  |  Posted on May 13th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Welcome, one and all, to College Essay Advisors’ Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) Essay Prompt Guide*! The essay prompts below are meant to provide you with some creative inspiration to help you write about yourself in a meaningful way. Your main goal in responding to the prompt of your choosing […]

Trevor Day School Upper School Student Questionnaire: Written Response Guide

Topic: Private School  |  Posted on May 12th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

The Trevor Day School is an independent, coeducational day school founded in 1930 and located in New York, New York. Recently published data boasts a total enrollment stat of 747 students. Administrators ask Upper School applicants to pen two short answer responses and four fill-in-the-blank sentences. Since only 15-20 students enter in Grade 9, you’ll want […]

Three Steps to Writing a Successful Candidate Statement for Private School Applications

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 10th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Most competitive private and independent schools ask applicants to pen a brief essay as part of their admissions application to provide administrators with a better understanding of each student’s background, personality, and/or writing skills.  The prompts tend to be broad in nature so as to give students as much leeway as possible to write about […]

Why You Should Write the Parent Statement (Even If It’s Optional)

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 24th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Some parents and guardians look at the parent statement as one more hoop to jump through in what is already a complex and nuanced application process. We hear questions like, “Why do I have to write a statement if my child is the one who will be admitted?” and “How can I differentiate my child […]

What You Need to Know About Preschool Admissions in NYC

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 7th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you’re interested in pursuing a private preschool education for your tiny tot, you’re in for a lengthy administrative journey (“Hey Dad, Dad, are we THERE yet?”), especially if you’re in NYC. The private preschool admissions process closely resembles that of college admissions, which means you should treat the process similarly: be mindful of deadlines, […]

The Parent Private School Interview: Questions to Expect (and Questions to Ask!)

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 13th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you are starting the private school application process with your child for the first time, you’ve come to the right place. It can seem like there are a lot of hoops to jump through in the admissions process, but we’re confident you’ll have the system figured out in no time. The parent interview is […]

What is the Top-Choice Letter in Private School Admissions?

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 22nd, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

Many families have approached us after attending school tours, speaking with administrators, and submitting applications, asking, “What else can we do to confirm our interest?” The answer, of course, is drafting the infamous “top-choice” letter. What is the Top-Choice Letter? If you are exploring selective private schools, odds are you’ve heard of the top-choice letter. […]

The Top 10 Private School Admissions Interview Questions Students Should Expect

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 15th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you are in the process of applying to private schools, you will likely need to interview with a school representative. The very best thing you can do to ace the interview is be yourself. We’re serious! Working with preteens and teenagers might just be our favorite part of the advising work we do, and […]

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