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Prep School

Private & Independent High School Assistance


The prep school admissions process is like a multivariate equation. There are many moving parts/variables to focus on that will influence the outcome, but we never lose sight of the big picture. Our concierge level service is distinguished by unparalleled personal attention, attention to detail, and achievement of results. We take students' goals seriously and customize a combination of services designed to successfully navigate your student and family through the private/ independent school admissions process. 

How Will Princeton College Consulting Help?

1-on-1 Dedicated Relationship with Counselor

One counselor works with you through all relevant aspects of the admissions process (with support from the PCC team). We meet around your schedule, after school, in the evening, or on weekends.

Student Profile Review

After an initial understanding of your goals, we review your transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular resume and personal history. We teach you how selective prep schools are going to evaluate your application.

Standardized Test Planning

We make custom recommendations on what tests to take, when to take them, and how to best prepare for them.

"Genius Zone" Admissions Strategy
There are 2 types of prep school applicants. Those that pursue an integrated strategy and those that do not. Students that stand out develop an overarching story that is as easily understood as it is compelling.

Your “Genius Zone” gets expressed as a sentence that can be both a desired reputation in an admissions office AND a North Star for making decisions throughout middle school. We help you develop and refine your strategy.
Best-Fit Prep School List
We identify an initial list of prep schools that may be a good “Match” and “Fit.” Match refers to schools that have the attributes that interest you and your family most and where we believe you would thrive. Fit refers to how prep schools will perceive your application.

We then navigate you through a thorough research process to understand the prep schools' main and more subtle differences and finalize the list. You will also receive guidance on deadlines so that completion of all applications will be submitted in advance and with time to spare.
Prep School Visit Guidance

We provide guidance on which prep schools to visit, the best time to go, specific activities to accomplish on campus, and how to evaluate the overall experience. We also provide guidance on how to “demonstrate interest” through email and other digital interactions.

Extracurricular / Summer Enrichment Guidance

We provide guidance on pursuing an integrated combination of in- and out-of-school activities (school clubs, independent reading, summer programs, self-directed activities, athletics etc.) and how to make your experiences distinct and most impactful.

Resumé / Activity Sheet Guidance

How an extracurricular resume is presented can be as important as the activities and accomplishments it lists. We advise what activities and honors to include and how to creatively articulate their significance on a resume or the “Activity Sheet” portion of your application.

Personal Statement / Supplemental Essays

Application essays are the most labor intensive part of completing prep school applications. They also provide the greatest opportunity for students and their parents to directly highlight aspects of their own or their child's character, perspective, intellectual interests and writing ability.

In addition to your personal statement, most selective prep schools require their own supplemental essay(s). We help you develop, revise and edit compelling essays (5-10 selective prep schools may require ≈ 10-20 essays).

Parent Essay Guidance

Parent essays provide the school with insights into the applicant and their family. We provide an opportunity for you to review essay questions with us and discuss how responses may be best tailored in support of your child’s application. We also review drafts and may suggest edits.

Letters of Recommendation Guidance

Letters of recommendation can further personalize an applicant. Unfortunately, many letters of recommendation are unremarkable. Obtaining the most helpful letters of recommendation is more complex than just asking for them. We provide guidance on selecting a teacher and other recommenders and how to engage them in order to obtain the strongest possible letters.

Interview Preparation

The best interviews feel like an enjoyable conversation. To prepare for successful on-campus or virtual interviews, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate answers that strategically compliment other aspects of your application, and guided practice over time to gain confidence and calm any nerves you may have. We get you ready to be a successful interviewee.

Application Completion Guidance & Review

Navigating the submission of transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation via the Standard Application Online and other websites can be complex and time consuming. We create a customized admissions strategy that includes the optimal dates for completion of all application requirements. We provide ongoing guidance from Day 1 through the submission of all applications to keep you organized, ahead of schedule and with ultimate peace of mind.

We provide guidance through the submission of applications including final review and proofreading to ensure everything has been entered correctly.

Social Media Guidance

Admissions officers may review applicants using social media. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to hide from social media. In fact, when used correctly, social media can be a major positive addition to your application. We help you optimize appropriate social media accounts to support your student’s application.

My daughter and we are really enjoying working with PCC and she is making great progress on her applications. Her counselor is the perfect fit for her and she has already grown so much working with him and going through this process.

Nikki D., Parent

Accepted to The Peddie School, Armellino Scholarship

I hear many of the things you taught her when I hear my daughter speaking with adults. I do think her time with PCC changed the way she speaks with people! I can't thank you enough for your support these past couple years. I'll be applying all I've learned here to my future medical school applications. Again, so grateful for everything you and your team have done. :)

Ricki G., Parent

Accepted to The Packer Collegiate Institute

We are glad to choose Princeton College Consulting. Our counselor has been a tremendous support in the prep school admission planning process for my son. He was very diligent and resourceful in providing expert advice and guiding us every step of the way. We were able to easily reach out through emails and phone calls to clarify all our questions and concerns. He really understood our son very well and was able to assess him within a couple of sessions and advise him with the right choices. I will certainly refer PCC to all my friends without any hesitation. I will keep in touch and once again I truly appreciate your professional support and advice in guiding us through the entire process, Thank you very much.

Subra. O., Parent

Accepted to Solebury School

I was a prep school applicant in eighth grade when I found Princeton College Consulting. Choosing PCC and their counselors to be my partners through the admission process was definitely the right choice for me. My counselor was always available for questions, and his crucial advice for writing essays and invaluable preparation for interviews helped me immensely. The admission essays were thoroughly examined and corrected, and my answers to sample interview questions would be well interpreted by the counselor so that he could give me the best feedback. Most importantly, he kept my goals in mind as he guided me every step of the way. With the help of PCC, my confidence grew during this grueling process, and I did much better than I thought I could do. I would certainly recommend PCC to anyone looking for success in the prep school admissions process.

Rohan N., Student

The Peddie School

Every parent wants to know they are doing the right thing and investing in resources that benefit their child when it comes to education and well being. The bonus is if family support is provided during those stressful times that include high school placement and preparation for that big step in the child's life. It is with that knowledge in mind that I chose Princeton College Consulting for not only the college process but jumpstarting preparation for the long haul by utilizing PCC's high school placement program. As they say, the early bird gets the first worm! Being prepared earlier by placing into private high schools will only aid in the long term preparation for the ultimate college acceptance goal. My son's own PCC Counselor created a personalized plan with my son's needs and strengths considered, had patience in working directly with my child meeting the criteria necessary to complete the application steps and was organized throughout the process. My son ultimately succeeded in receiving his first choice of private high school acceptance with strong essay and interviewing skills among other important things. PCC gave me a tremendous amount of support throughout the progress by including me and taking so much pressure off of my hands, and my son grew and learned so much too! I am so pleased with PCC and continue to work toward my son's college goals.

Teresa. C., Parent

The Peddie School

This year I was applying to boarding schools, and I have never done anything like that before. I have been at the same school for my whole life, and knew almost nothing about the application process. My PCC Counselor was so helpful and kind during this process, and truly made it a positive experience. Interviews were something I was really worried about, but now I feel completely comfortable speaking on the spot and have improved my articulation. Looking back on this process, interviews were some of my favorite parts of the application process! This was thanks to My counselor, who helped me prepare and gave me encouraging help and resources. He not only helped me with interview practice, but also in writing my essays. He asked thoughtful questions to help me figure out the message I wanted to convey, and overall helped me organize and make my essays clearer. Besides helping me with the mechanics of my application, He also helped me with the emotional process. He is extremely caring, and has an amazing sense of humor along with many stories to tell! He helped me not lose sight of what this process was about. My counselor went above and beyond to help me not be as anxious, whether it was sending me a helpful article before I took the SSAT’s, or giving me the link to a video that got me through the interviewing stage. Looking back on this process, I truly feel that I have grown in articulation skills, confidence, and have overall become more comfortable in dealing with stress. This experience is definitely something I will remember for a long time, and that is thanks to PCC.

J. Varma, Student

The Peddie School

I enthusiastically recommend Princeton College Consulting, a firm with excellent counselors and consultants, for you and your child. Our counselor combines intelligence and ability with a conscientious, dedicated attitude which have made him a great partner, mentor and guide to what would have otherwise been a complex and overwhelming application and admission process. Based on his depth of experience and warm, caring persona, it is clear to me (as a parent) that our counselor possesses those attributes that make him and his clients successful with many endeavors, including prep school and college admissions. High trust, high impact. We couldn’t have done it without him!

Suneet V., Parent

The Peddie School (highest awarded, full-ride)

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    Profile Analysis
    After fully understanding your interests and goals we do a thorough review and analysis of transcripts, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities and personal history.
    School Search and Selection
    We identify an initial list of schools that may be a good “Match” and “Fit.” Match refers to schools that have the attributes that interest you and your family most. Fit refers to how schools will perceive your application. We help families research the individual schools, understand their main and more subtle differences and revise the list to those that are the best match and fit for them.
    Student Essay Completion Guidance
    Application essays provide an opportunity for students to highlight their character, unique perspective, academic interests and writing ability. Because each student is unique we help develop, revise and edit essays that reflect their best self, without regard to number of drafts it requires.
    Parent Essay Completion Guidance
    Parent essays provide the school with insights in to the applicant and their family. We provide an opportunity for you to review essay questions with us and discuss how responses may be best tailored in support of your child’s application. We also review drafts and may suggest edits.
    Activity Sheet Completion Guidance
    How an extra-curricular activity sheet is presented can be as important as the activities and accomplishments it lists. We advise what activities and honors to include and how to best explain them on a resume or the "Activity Sheet" portion of an application.
    Letters of Recommendation Guidance
    Letters of recommendation can further personalize an applicant. Unfortunately many letters of recommendation are unremarkable. Obtaining the most helpful letters of recommendation is more involved than just asking for them. We provide guidance on counselor, teacher and other recommender based submissions to obtain the strongest letters possible.
    Interview Preparation
    School Interviews provide an opportunity for students to strengthen and confirm their application. The interviewer’s report can function as a letter of recommendation and give admission committees another chance to know and understand an applicant. To prepare for successful interviews, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate effective answers and how to ask insightful questions. We may conduct a mock interview to practice.
    Campus Visit Guidance
    Campus visits can be an important part of selecting a school. We provide guidance on what schools to visit, the best time to go, specific activities to accomplish and how to evaluate the overall experience.
    Social Media Guidance
    Admissions officers may review applicants using social media. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to hide from this. In fact, when used right, social media can be a major positive addition to your application. We help you optimize appropriate social media accounts to support your application
    Application Completion Guidance
    Navigating the submission of transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation via the Standard Application Online and other websites can be complex and time consuming.We create a customized admission-planning calendar that includes the optimal dates for completion of all application requirements. We provide ongoing guidance from Day 1 through the submission of all applications to keep you organized, ahead of schedule and with ultimate peace of mind.The final step is to Review and proofread all online applications to ensure that information has been input correctly.
    Athletic Recruitment Guidance
    We provide guidance on how best to generate coach interest including how to produce a recruitment video, and develop letters of interest.
    SSAT Preparation
    We provide a highly effective standardized test preparation program. It includes guidance and explanations on how to answer every type of question correctly and efficiently. It also provides practice tests that are scored with detailed explanations offered for every question. We provide additional essay guidance and evaluation, establish a preparation schedule and monitor each student’s progress.