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Exploring UK Universities

The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students pursuing higher education, with more than 500,000 enrolling each year, second only to the US. UK higher education degrees and qualifications are recognized by employers and academics worldwide… >> Read more

Exploring Canadian Universities

Canada, together with the United States comprises the two largest countries in North America. The country is well-known for breathtaking landscapes, winter sports, and a reputation for politeness. Canadian universities should not be viewed as second rate or lesser alternatives to US universities… >> Read more

What If I’m Denied by My Dream School?

Well, your first reaction might likely be frustration and anger. Afterward, you may fall into a feeling of despair, lamenting over what you may NOT have done right. You question yourself, you question your ability, you wonder if it was really all worth the time you put into building that masterful application… >> Read more

No Campus Visits, Now What?

Fortunately, for students (and their worried parents), there are plenty of practical alternatives to make the most of the situation when things such as a pandemic, tight schedule, or limited budget prevent you from traveling abroad to visit college campuses or participate in summer programs… >> Read more

The Right Approach for Teacher Recommendations

Teacher recommendations can indeed be supportive yet they can also be detrimental at the same time due to other factors that we can in fact control. The following advice includes my own personal commentary to former students based on my expectations as a teacher and how best practices… >> Read more

Applying to Boarding School after the Deadline

As a family, choosing a boarding school for the coming fall term may not have been in your plans when the school year began, but circumstances change. This time of year, you may be thinking about a school change. Or perhaps your child’s first attempt at gaining acceptance to private school was not successful… >> Read more

Benefits and Questions about AP Courses

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a curriculum in the United States and Canada sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college… >> Read more

Breaking down the SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a multiple-choice aptitude test for students in grades 5 to 11. The test consists of verbal, quantitative (math) and reading comprehension sections. The verbal questions test your vocabulary, verbal reasoning, and ability to relate ideas logically… >> Read more

Finding the Right School

Phillips Exeter Academy is a top ranked school. It does a great job of educating young people, but not just academically. Exeter like many schools strives to develop the whole child. Does your child have what Exeter is looking for? You won’t know until you apply and go through the admissions process… >> Read more

Five Steps for Choosing a Boarding or Day School

Choosing a boarding (or private) school is a process involving several steps. First, identify schools. Look at every school that interests you. Take time to really explore each school’s web site. Many of them have excellent video tours. Read what the students have to say about their school… >> Read more

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Its four programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world… >> Read more

What is a Safe School?

A safe school is a school at which your child can be reasonably certain of getting accepted. Put another way, your child’s profile matches what the school is looking for. When you develop a short list of schools to which you wish to apply, make sure at least one school is a safe school… >> Read more

An Inside Look at Boarding Schools

In general, a school’s admissions committee reviews all completed applications to assess academic achievement, strength of character, and readiness and enthusiasm for their program. They are seeking well-rounded students who are personable and of good character… >> Read more

Role of the Education Consultant

Education consultants are trained professionals who possess extensive knowledge of educational options. This expertise, combined with a caring approach to understanding your child, helps families identify a school which is both academically and socially appropriate… >> Read more

Student Qualities Boarding Schools Look For

What do school admissions committees want to see in potential students? First of all, maturity and independence. Life at boarding school requires a good deal of independence and maturity on students’ parts. While there are dedicated teachers and faculty to help students, it is the students themselves who must make sure they work… >> Read more

Breaking down the TOEFL

The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tasks. There are two formats for the TOEFL test… >> Read more

Why Weren’t You Accepted?

Admission to boarding school is not a forgone conclusion just because you offer most if not all of the things the school is looking for. The competition is great. With that in mind let’s examine some of the reasons you may not be accepted… >> Read more

Making the Case for Private Day School

Unlike boarding schools, which can be more challenging to get into because of limited space and increased competition, private day schools seem to be a suitable alternative. How has this experience been for you? >> Read more

Acknowledgement of Sources

Shanghai EDGE would like to thank the following companies, websites, school admissions teams, educators, and writers for producing and providing information where much of this section content, in whole or in part, is derived: Robert Kennedy from;;;;;; Cambridge School of Weston, Canterbury School, Concord Academy, Governor’s Academy, Groton School, Hotchkiss School, Mercersburg Academy, Milton Academy, Peddie School, Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, St. Mark’s School, Tabor Academy, The Athenian School, Westminster School, Webb Schools.