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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 […]

How to Ace The Standard Application Online (SAO)’s Student Essays Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 9th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

Hello and welcome to CEA’s Standard Application Online (SAO) Essay Guide! Below you will find the instructions from the Standard Application Online (SAO), the essay prompts, and our breakdowns for each. We recommend giving yourself ample time to familiarize yourself with these prompts and brainstorm unique, authentic responses. These essays present you with the opportunity […]

How to Respond to The Standard Application Online (SAO)’s Optional Covid-19 Prompt for Parents

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 1st, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

  OPTIONAL QUESTION How have COVID-19 and remote learning impacted your child personally and/or academically? Please use this space to describe what you and your child have learned through your positive and/or negative experiences with this challenge. We have all experienced major disruptions in our routines and daily lives as a result of the coronavirus […]

The 2021-22 Xavier High School in CT Application Essay Guide

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

If you’re applying to Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find the two prompts for the admissions essays required of applicants. You’ll notice that admissions is asking applicants to pen their responses in their own handwriting. So, let’s crack our knuckles and dive in! Directions: Please […]

Horace Mann 2021-22 Application Essay Guide

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

If you are applying for admission to grades 6 through 11 at Horace Mann School, you’ve got your work cut out for you in the essay department. Luckily for you, you have College Essay Advisors on your side to help you select a prompt and draft a winning essay. Let’s dive right in! “The essay […]

Everything Your Family Need to Know About Private School Admissions Essays

Topic: Admissions, Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 8th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

Whether you’re a student or a parent, when starting the private school admissions process one thing is clear: you need to write some essays. The good news is that you’re already doing your research, or else you wouldn’t have come across this page! Virtual high five! ✋ The writing components for any application are opportunities […]