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CP Podcast Episode 5 – Which Extracurricular Activities Count?

CP Podcast Episode 5 – Which Extracurricular Activities Count?

How do you (or your child) spend your time when you’re not at school? Is one type of extracurricular activity better than another? What if you have other obligations? Peter explains what college admissions officers look for when reviewing applications.

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CP Podcast Episode 4 – Back to School

CP Podcast Episode 4 – Back to School

It’s the time of the year where school starts again for the fall. In this episode, we’re gonna take a deep dive on what to expect to make the most out of your school year. If you’re a 12th grader, 11th grader, 10th grader or 9th grader or a parent, you’ll know what to expect […]

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CP Podcast Episode 3 – How Does Social Media Affect College Admissions?

CP Podcast Episode 3 – How Does Social Media Affect College Admissions?

Social media can be a fantastic tool to become familiar with a college’s activities and atmosphere. But it can also compromise your acceptance. In this episode, Peter discusses a recent example from Harvard.

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CP Podcast Episode 2 – The College Application Essay: Tips & Mistakes

CP Podcast Episode 2 – The College Application Essay: Tips & Mistakes

The application essay is an opportunity for you (or your child) to express yourself and help an admissions officer get to know you. This episode gives pointers—and easy mistakes to avoid.

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CP Podcast Episode 1 – Why, When and What to Expect

CP Podcast Episode 1 – Why, When and What to Expect

Why is it important for you (or your child) to visit a college before applying—and what should you look for? Who should you contact, and how do you follow up? We’re gonna answer these questions with some tips on how to make a great impression.

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Introducing Xceed Prep: See How Personalized Learning Is Changing Students’ Lives For The Better

Introducing Xceed Prep: See How Personalized Learning Is Changing Students’ Lives For The Better

If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that we often lament how it seems as if in many of our high schools, it’s the student who serves the system instead of the system working for the student.   But not in all of our high schools.   Last Fall we partnered with Xceed Preparatory […]

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FREE Tuition for all New Yorkers?!? – might want to read the fine print…

FREE Tuition for all New Yorkers?!? – might want to read the fine print…

The State of New York recently passed major legislation that will provide free tuition at public universities to in-state residents who make less than $125,000. The grant, known as the Excelsior Scholarship, is only available to in-state NY residents and covers tuition only.   Still, the measure adds strong momentum to the trend towards free […]

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UPDATE on changes to Fl’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program

UPDATE on changes to Fl’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program

This March, the Florida Senate voted to extend Bright Futures Scholarships’ to summer classes/sessions AND to nearly double the scholarship amount awarded for the Academic Scholars level.   Though Governor Scott refused to sign the bill, students who qualify will still receive roughly $6,000 per year (full tuition at many of Florida’s public universities) plus […]

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How to Turn March ‘Madness’ into an April Scholarship

How to Turn March ‘Madness’ into an April Scholarship

Ill-timed, late season Nor’easters notwithstanding, this is my favorite time of the year. There is nothing in sport quite like the annual college basketball lovefest widely known as March Madness. For two weeks, my two passions – higher education and basketball – converge to bring us the most unpredictable, entertaining and exciting collection of highly […]

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How high schools are evolving to meet students’ needs

How high schools are evolving to meet students’ needs

As you know, Jill and I think a lot about how we are educating children today. More specifically, we think a lot about how we can help educate them better. That’s why we are so pleased to announce our partnership with Xceed Preparatory Academy, a groundbreaking network of college prep middle and high schools that […]

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