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What You Need to Know About Preschool Admissions in NYC

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 7th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 Kat Stubing

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 Kat Stubing

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 […]

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

Topic: Admissions, Private School  |  Posted on July 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 Kat Stubing

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 […]

Everything Your Family Need to Know About Private School Admissions Essays

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

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 […]

How to Write a Successful Parent Statement for Your Child’s Private School Application

Topic: Admissions, advice, Private School  |  Posted on April 5th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

You’ve spent hours combing through school websites, checking statistics, and reading reviews. You have narrowed down your list to a handful of private schools that you think will provide the best environment for your child to learn, grow, explore, and develop. But now you find yourself with an assignment to help your child achieve this […]