SAT or ACT Summer preparation

Summer SSAT/ISEE Test Prep Tips

July 2, 2021, by

Schools could require the SSAT or ISEE, once again!  We can help! Last year, due to COVID-19 school closures, many independent schools in the Washington, DC area either opted to administer their own “in house” virtual admissions exams or to go test optional or test blind rather than to require the SSAT or ISEE. While… Read more »


Ten Book Recommendations for Reluctant Readers

May 17, 2021, by

Are you struggling to find that perfect book? As the warmer months approach, avid readers dream of long summer days, sunny weather, and a good book. For many students, though, independent reading may not be at the top of the list for summer activities. If your child struggles to find a book to hold his… Read more »


Applying to College during pandemic

Applying to College During a Pandemic

March 30, 2021, by

What Have We Learned from the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle? When COVID-19 struck in March 2020, more than 1,600 colleges and universities across America, including all of the Ivies and most highly-selective institutions, declared a test-optional policy for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. This presented a unique opportunity for applicants everywhere, and (not only in retrospect but… Read more »


Know Your College Lingo!

March 1, 2021, by

How Learning the Difference Between “Department”, “Program”, and “Center” Can Supercharge Your College Research It’s one of the most crucial questions in college admissions: “Who is applying because they really know our school, and who is applying just based on the name?” Whether you’re preparing to interact with an admissions officer, or writing your “Why… Read more »


2021 Early Application Acceptances

February 18, 2021, by

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! As we noted earlier this month, this has been quite the year in admissions. We’ve seen unprecedented application pool increases and record-low early admit rates. With our strategic, layered approach to application timing, our goal is for all of our clients to have good news by the end of… Read more »