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Apply Smarter (Not Harder) With the SAO

Watch this recorded presentation to learn how to save time by submitting a single admission application to over 400 private schools.

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How to Write an Awesome Private School Admission Essay

Private school admission officers read hundreds of application essays. Here's how your child's essay can stand out from the crowd.

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Recommendation Letters: Who Should You Ask — And How?

Having trouble determining who to ask for private school admission recommendation letters — and how to go about asking them? We've got you covered!

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An eighth grade girl writes her first-choice letter to her preferred private school.

First-Choice Letters: Do they Help or Hurt Admission?

What are first-choice letters? Do they improve your child's chances of getting into private school? Learn what a longtime admission director has to say.

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