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“Kids Need Social Practice”: An Interview with Phyllis Fagell

As we near the end of another COVID-impacted school year, I sat down with Phyllis Fagell, school counselor and author…

“What Are You Doing for Others?”

Community service has been on my mind a lot lately. When January rolls around, we have two huge opportunities to…

Private School Admissions Student Essays: What Do I Say?

One of the most stressful parts of the private school admissions process is the looming idea of writing an essay,…

Private School Admissions Parent Essays

Sometimes they look a little sheepish when they ask. “Katy, do you have any advice for us about the parent…

Test-Optional Private School Admissions

One truism that we often see in education is a policy trickle-down effect. Often, something gets enacted at the higher…

Cracking the Private School Admissions Code (2021-22 ed.)

Watching this mom walk out of my office, less anxious than when she arrived, I thought about our conversation —…

Best Piece of Essay Advice

Writing your essays like you need to doIs hard and it’s tricky, confusing, it’s true.So it sounds pretty niceTo seek…

High School Course Selection: Plan, Balance, and Tell Your Story

One of the most critical and yet often least-considered choices you make in high school is your annual selection of…

Does It Spark Joy? Gratitude on the Common App Essay

Almost nothing sparks fear in the heart of high school juniors as much as the words “College Essay.” But perhaps…

What to Make of the Test-Optional Movement

What to Make of the Test-Optional Movement (2022 edition) One of the biggest question marks in college admissions has become,…