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

Topic: Private School, Uncategorized  |  Posted on March 2nd, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 […]

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 […]

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 Kat Stubing

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 2020-21 Application Essay Guide

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

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 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 […]