Amanda Uhry

Amanda Uhry is the founder and owner, Manhattan Private School Advisors. Manhattan Private School Advisors is an extensive educational advisory firm counseling families for admissions to...

For High School Students: Which Extracurriculars Are Most Attractive To College Admissions Officers
17 January, 2018
As a high schooler, you should participate in activities not because someone tells you to, or because it’s what everyone else is doing; you should participate because you genuinely enjoy the activity. *** High school students are often curious to know what will “look good” on their applications. Read on for insight into what colleges are really looking for. At my firm, Manhattan Private School Advisors [], we are frequently asked by parents and high school
Facing Rejection: Tips From A New York City Private School Advisor
18 December, 2017
Rejection in preschool and K-12 admissions may seem like an odd topic for someone who owns a large educational advisory firm. However, understanding rejection in the admissions process, starting with nursery school and going all the way to college, is essential for all parents and older students. Rejection is something that no one, least of all parents on behalf of their own children, likes to think about. We hate hearing “no.” But some top private kindergartens get 1,000 applications for 60 or
Four Words Parents And Kids Should Never Utter To Each Other: “I’m Your Best Friend”
14 December, 2017
Although some parents genuinely believe they are best friends with their children, most of them aren’t friends with their kids at all. And this is appropriate. Many parents fall back on this language to express the bond they feel, but they confuse being close to and loving their children deeply with friendship. These are not the same thing, and schools want to be certain you understand that. *** How many times have you heard it? A parent who claims to be “best friends” with her kid. I own an
7 Essential Truths About Fundraising And Private School Admissions
30 October, 2017
If you’ve ever wondered what’s required of parents, here are answers to seven of the most common questions we hear on the topic of private school donations. *** The barrage of emails, mailings, and phone calls are familiar to all private preschool and K–12 parents. These solicitations are the inevitable donation requests that you’ll receive from schools your children have attended, currently attend, or plan to attend. You may wonder: After all you’re paying in tuition, why do they come back f
The Parent Statement: What Not To Say
12 October, 2017
Much has been written about how to write a parent statement or essay for your child’s applications to private preschool or continuing K–12 schools, but little has been written on what not to write. For parents of preschoolers to students at older points of entry (and all the years in between), the finest example of admissions/application essay instructions can be found in the Common Application to U.S. colleges and universities. The Common App [
Overcoming A Private School Expulsion
03 October, 2017
In private schools today, we have zero tolerance because it seems we need zero tolerance. The most pressing practical concern after an expulsion is to determine which educational options are open to your child. *** It happens. Students get expelled from schools every day. Expulsion is certainly not the norm, but it is a reality, in part because the reasons for expulsion are becoming increasingly numerous. Whatever the explanation is, families need to understand how to meet this challenge if th
Second Season Private School Admissions
29 September, 2017
Late admissions is not only doable, but it is a thriving admissions cycle all its own. The key is to do your research before you commit, and to make sure your child feels confident about the school, its community, and herself during the very condensed second-season admissions process. *** The second season — or late admissions — application period to private schools is very busy for admissions consultants. At Manhattan Private School Advisors, we’ve worked with and placed more than 160 famili
Private School Waitlists: Survival Tips From A NYC School Advisor
27 September, 2017
Schools create waitlists with this reality in mind; families will apply to multiple schools but will only accept one admissions offer. To ensure that they are not left in the unenviable position of having too many open seats for the following year, private schools rely on — and in most years — turn to their waitlists. *** Every year, hopeful parents of private school applicants will receive acceptance, rejection, and waitlist letters that deliver admissions decisions about their child’s applic
The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: An IQ Test Unlike Any Other
26 September, 2017
The Stanford-Binet’s results are highly sensitive and often quite accurate, even when administered to young children. Unlike other tests for school admission to public or private school, the Stanford-Binet does not test how much or how well a child has learned up to the point of the test, but instead is predictive of general intelligence. *** My educational advisory firm works with as many as 1,500 parent clients each year, dealing with all points of school entry, from preschool to high school
Understanding Academic Summer Programs For High-Achieving Students
20 June, 2017
Many parents are curious to know which academic summer programs are the most successful. Success, however, will depend on the student: Academic programs can be effective — or not — depending on whether they are the right fit for a specific student. Should Your Child Attend an Academic Summer Program? Summer is everything that the school year is not. It is blissfully free of they typical schizophrenic school schedule, there are no assignments hanging over your head, You  have large blocks of unst