Four years ago when our son was a freshman in high school, he began to really struggle academically as well as with his organizational skills. Starting sophomore year, our son began meeting with Peter on a regular basis and he helped our son through high school including the entire college process. We saw monumental growth over the years that we believe wouldn’t have happened without Peter’s guidance. Through tutoring and coaching from Peter, our son increased his GPA by over a point. More importantly, Peter also challenged him to think about and achieve longer-term goals. He has developed confidence in his abilities and has matured into a more capable young adult. Our son is now a freshman at a leading university that we didn’t feel was even a remote possibility a few years ago. Peter is a thoughtful coach and skillful teacher and we would strongly recommend him.
Jennie and Tom McGirr
My son began working with Peter at the start of his sophomore year. Saddled with learning differences, Peter worked as both my son's academic tutor as well as his college search advisor. My son is a little quirky. Peter took the time to really get to know him as an individual and was very insightful as to how best to work with him. He was also very flexible with his time. For instance, my son is a night owl, and Peter would often Skype with him in the evening.
We found the college search process that Peter did with my son to be extremely helpful. Not only did he coach him on what to expect when he gets to college, he came up with a comprehensive school that will be a good fit for him. The college my son ended up selecting was not initially on our radar. We would not have known about it if it had not been for Peter.
I would highly recommend working with Peter in both capacities, e.g., tutoring (Executive Functioning Coaching) and the college search process.
Peter was recommended to us by our daughter's friend's older sister who had previously worked with him. Because this is our oldest daughter we had no idea what to expect or how Peter was going to help us. We also had no idea that we even needed help navigating her high school search.
All we knew and heard was that this was a very sensitive subject. Being in a private middle school there appeared to be lots of families who seemed to know the "ins and outs" of this process which we didn’t seem to understand.
Once we met Peter his calm, methodical, direct nature relaxed us all right from the start. We knew we were going to receive genuine objective guidance. As soon as our work began with Peter, our daughter felt empowered to drive her own educational choices, which ultimately helped her find a “true” match for her needs.
She was accepted at a fabulous school (Phillips Exeter Academy) which I can personally say we wouldn’t have initially considered without Peter's input and guidance. Peter is truly in the right profession. You will not be disappointed!
North Reading, Massachusetts
Our daughter was moving her way through High School, but there was a sense of and a lack of organization in her approach to her work. We had incorporated math tutoring to assist our daughter in both math and science, but the gap seemed to remain in the way of her organizational preparation. We were more than thrilled to find a coach in Peter Wright in Norwell, and after a first session to get a sense of the opportunity, we quickly pursued engaging Peter to coach and assist our daughter during her senior year in High School. In short order, our daughter started completing work on time, preparing a little earlier for assignments and exams, and overall she began to develop a more organized approach to her work.
Peter also knew our daughter well enough to be a guide for us when it came time to select colleges. His knowledge and personal network across so many higher institutions truly helped shape our approach. What has also been a fruitful outcome is that Peter continues to SKYPE our daughter as she works her way through college: from conversing with her on "dorm life", helping her prepare for her week, to also reviewing her drafts and paper outlines.
Peter has proven to be a friend, a guide, and a mentor for our daughter, and he has been a real relief to us since the anxiety of expectations from parents is rather neutralized by Peter being that "3rd party". We can't overstate how valuable this partnership has been for us all.
Mary and Paul Sheedy
Peter made a strong connection with our son providing a separate, credible voice that opened us up to a broader set of educational options to consider. He then helped us navigate and find the school that was the best fit. The result has been transformational.
Deb & Chris Brown
Six months ago my son was at a loss trying figure out what college to attend because of his autism. After not knowing what to do, we got in contact with Peter through Quantum Prep. Not only has Peter been nothing short of spectacular, my son will not go a week without talking to him.
In all the years that we have been dealing with my son's ASD diagnosis, Peter has been the biggest help because he can empathize with my son. Peter clearly has helped my son get on track and he is so much happier for it.
Testimonial for Peter Wright
When we decided to look for private schools for both of our children, I was overwhelmed. My daughter had been sick for four years with an autoimmune condition and had been in and out of schools while receiving medical treatment.
My son had some attention-related issues and school changes. Our stories were
a little different from the norm. From the first time I I was instantly at ease. He clearly knows his line of work, but there is more to him than that. He has a kind, easy way about him but is diligent in every single detail.
Peter’s experience as a teacher, and guidance counselor really shows in his work with clients. There were many times I would call Peter and he would call back right away. Peter also cares about each individual student and has a unique way of letting future schools know all of their strengths.
I really don’t know what I would have done without him. I have referred many friends to him and I look forward to his help with the college application process.
We have had the pleasure of working with Peter for the past 18+ months. Peter was an essential part of the college application process for our oldest son, Derek, on a number of different levels. Peter worked with Derek to review his essays, providing valuable feedback, especially noting when Derek's own particular “voice” was heard. His ability to identify what would stand out most to a school was invaluable.
Peter spent an exceptional amount of time assisting Derek to determine what his list of schools could be and took considerable time to help Derek refine his goals in establishing this list. As this was our first time delving into the college application process, developing a strategy and a way to ensure Derek's goals and needs would be met was important.
Peter worked closely with us to develop this strategy and uncover numerous angles in order to do so. His current knowledge of the process proved to be far beyond the other counselors we encountered who seemed to be stuck in the same approach they had been using for years, failing to stay up to date with any advancements and changes numerous colleges have made in their processes of reviewing applications.
We were fortunate to have Peter's advice and expertise at our disposal. It kept us all from jumping off the proverbial ledge.
Leslie and Graham Silliman
After initiating the college application process for our daughter, my wife and I were surprised to see how competitive schools had become and how much the application process has changed since we attended college. Additionally, the guidance counselors at her high school did not have the bandwidth to give her the personalized attention we were hoping. As a result, we turned to Peter to help us navigate the application process and differentiate our daughter as a candidate.
For the first few meetings, Peter took the time to understand Julia’s interests, and educational objectives. From there, he helped us come up with a list of colleges that would be good fits for her, including the right balance of “reach” schools. He had firsthand knowledge and a deep understanding of the cultural and educational attributes of almost all of the potential colleges we discussed, which helped immensely to narrow her list.
As we moved on to the common application and supplemental essays, he helped her focus on unique qualities that would make her an attractive candidate. He provided invaluable editorial insights and he consistently challenged her to bring out these qualities in her writing style. This led to a new found confidence in her writing ability, which resulted in a genuine enthusiasm her to utilize the essays as a mechanism for prospective schools to evaluate her beyond her transcript or extracurricular activities.
Since her junior year, our daughter has had a clear number one choice of college. This college has a very competitive admissions process and certainly was one of her “reach” schools. I’m happy to say that she was accepted to this school and has since committed to attend in the fall of 2015. I truly believe that Peter’s efforts and guidance strengthened her overall application and differentiated her as a candidate. His personalized attention went far beyond what we expected and was a critical success factor in her acceptance. I have already recommended him to friends and we look forward to working with him when our other kids go through the same process.
The process of finding the right school for your child can be overwhelming. What schools present on their websites is not always the actual scoop. We had applied to what we thought was our first and only choice for our son. We quickly became aware that this was not a good idea and that we needed a few “safety” schools. Schools generally don’t advertise that they are “safety” schools and therefore trying to find three or four more schools that would compliment our first choice was not an easy task.
After a Google search for Educational Consultants on the south shore of Boston, I found Peter's website and quickly realized that he resides in Norwell, MA for most of the year. We have a summer home in Norwell, so Peter's base location seemed fitting. After our initial telephone conversation, we carried on very easily via Skype while Peter was in Florida and we were in St. Martin.
Peter was instrumental in taking the guesswork out of the school search process for us. He was able to give us the "inside scoop", work with our specific needs and guide us into a decision that has worked very well for our son. His knowledge of each school’s intangibles not only saved us but also turned a questionable decision into the right decision. Peter’s guidance has proven to be invaluable for us.
The Petrelluzzi Family
St. Martin, French West Indies
March 16, 2015
During the summer before my freshman year, my parents and I were looking for an educational consultant who could help me with my applications to secondary schools. We found Mr. Wright's name on the Internet and decided to meet with him to see what advice he had to offer.
It was clear that he had considerable experience dealing with applications and could help me in the areas I struggled with. We especially liked that he knew so much about secondary schools in the area and their admission process.
I met with Mr. Wright once every few weeks. He assisted me with various aspects of the application, from creating a suitable list of schools to keeping track of due dates and forms.
The part which I most appreciated was his help on the short answers and essay questions, the most difficult part for me. I knew what I wanted to say but struggled to put it into words. Mr. Wright helped me articulate my ideas, spending our meetings carefully going over each essay with me. He was so committed to helping me that he Skyped with me while he was in Florida to wrap up my application for submission.
In the our hard work paid off and I was accepted to five out of seven schools, including my top choice, Phillips Andover. I have been attending school here as a day student for three months now and I can not imagine being anywhere else. I am so grateful for the support and insight Mr. Wright provided me during my to secondary school search.
We found Peter Wright’s name on the internet in the summer before our son Paul’s junior year. We first met with Peter in August in order to motivate Paul who needed to start thinking ahead about choosing potential colleges. After a couple of Peter suggested that he wanted to meet alone with was perfect because we wanted Paul to take responsibility the college choice and application process.
Paul met with Peter perhaps a dozen times and benefited greatly from the process. Peter was extremely good at relating to Paul and in understanding his strengths and weaknesses and helping Paul define what he wanted in a school. Peter then helped to find colleges that fit the profile that Paul wanted and were realistic choices for him. We used this information to help guide us in dealing with Paul’s school Guidance Counselor who sometimes discouraged us from thinking about particular schools while Peter always encouraged Paul.
We visited ten schools and Paul applied to five “early admission” and got into all five schools. He is now currently a freshman at his first choice school (Bard)! He is playing on the lacrosse team, working 16 hours a week in a paying job building sets for the theater program, and working very hard his academics.
As we felt that Peter’s involvement with Paul played a major part in achieving a successful outcome: having Paul go to a college that was right for him. We have recommended Peter to several of our friends who have had good luck working with him as well. Peter’s strength, besides knowing the schools and the process, is relating effectively with the student.
From the beginning, against my expectation, Paul liked going to see Peter which resulted in him “buying in” to the process and achieving a positive result. It also helped Paul be more motivated in his junior and senior years and achieving high honors in his final term which was a great finish to successful junior and senior years in high school. If we had another, child we would definitely go to Peter again.
Rick Presbrey and Melanie Powers
Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
I I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to allow Mr. Wright to transform not only my approach to but more importantly, my approach to life. I met Mr. Wright as a young high school student some eight years ago in a college preparatory history class. Up until this juncture, I had always been a C+/B- student, with a very lukewarm approach to class and college placement. Mr. Wright was quick to pull me aside and explain to me the degrees of intelligence and he saw in me that I myself, and every other educator I had before, just failed to notice.
Geared towards my academic and personal strengths, Mr. Wright was able to develop a plan with me to not only succeed but simultaneously engage myself in a myriad of diverse extra-curricular activities to help serve a more well-rounded resume for college. By my senior year, I had advanced into all honors and AP courses, with my grades now in the A range. I was not only fully engaged in a multitude of different but was also the president of most of them, including the vice-president of my senior class, and captain of the swim team.
My family and I were very excited about upcoming college decisions. But the journey did not end there. I remember two days before my 18 birthday getting the “wait list” letter from Syracuse University—my top choice. It was not a great feeling. I remember speaking with Mr. Wright about it soon thereafter, trying to reassure confidence in myself with his wealth of knowledge on the college acceptance process, especially for big research universities.
Over the next month, Mr. Wright was in frequent contact with the Admissions Department at Syracuse explaining to them my hardworking approach to academics. He explained to them my extracurricular successes. He explained to them my personal successes. Essentially, he explained the type of student I had been, the type of student I was, and the type of student I was becoming. Later that month, I received a call from the Admissions Department informing me of my acceptance. Moreover, I received a significant award for my academic and extracurricular successes—a $25,000 a year scholarship.
Today, I travel the world as a chemical engineer for Applied Analytics Inc. At a young age, I have already done work at the biggest oil companies in the world in Saudi Aramco and Petronas.
The confidence I gained in myself in my high school years under Mr. Wright’s guidance is the driving force in my craft. Of all the great lessons I learned from Mr. Wright, the greatest one of all was how to believe in myself—how to believe in my intellect, how to believe in my abilities, and how to believe in my personal growth.
Syracuse University, Class of 2011
I have had the pleasure of knowing Peter Wright first as a History teacher at Malden Catholic High School, Malden, Massachusetts for my son Matthew and later as the Director of Guidance/ College Placement with Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, Massachusetts for my daughter Elizabeth.
Mr. Wright taught Matthew during his sophomore year of high school. His history classes were intellectual, challenging and engaging. His creative style of teaching flowed even to the design of the seating in the classroom. It was in this classroom that sparked the love of history for Matthew.
To my I then had the opportunity to interact with Peter at Nazareth Academy during Elizabeth’s senior year. The college process is filled with questions, deadlines and incredible stress. Both Matthew and Elizabeth were seniors and applying to various schools. It did not matter that Matthew was no longer Peter’s student as the assistance he gave Matthew was as if he were his guidance counselor as well as Elizabeth’s.
I clearly remember having a conversation with Peter during the end of Elizabeth’s senior year. She had been accepted to Boston College. This in itself was a role Peter played a huge part in. However, I was concerned the financial aid aspect. Peter made phone call after phone call on behalf of Elizabeth. His wealth of knowledge with scholarships was vast. He navigated this process and Elizabeth received a tremendous financial package as a result.
Matthew is now a very involved sophomore at Stonehill College. His major is History. Elizabeth is an equally involved sophomore at Boston College. Elizabeth is in the International Studies program. Peter Wright has impacted both of my children in extremely positive ways. I would highly recommend Peter Wright in any capacity, especially as a College or High School placement Counselor.
Strongwater Crossing Sales
Everyone has that once-in-a-lifetime teacher that leaves an indelible mark. For me, that teacher was Mr. Wright, who truly was "my rock" during the crucial transitional period known as high school. Mr. Wright was not only my AP US History teacher but also worked closely with me on our award-winning high school newspaper and Model Congress clubs. Mr. Wright literally never failed me inside or outside of the classroom. A constant source of insight, guidance, and assistance, Mr. Wright dedicated hours and hours to me succeed. Because of him, I graduated in the top 5% of my class.
When the time came to look at colleges, Mr. Wright helped me get into one of the top liberal arts schools in the nation. When the transition to college proved difficult, Mr. Wright was more than happy to help me again, providing invaluable advice regarding my career path and life choices. I am now following my dream - I am a professional writer, currently working for one of the nation's largest privately-held financial companies.
My success all comes back to the day I first set foot into Mr. Wright's history class and met an educator who truly knows what it takes to be "a teacher." He remains a mentor and friend to this day, nearly a decade later, and I am honored to call him my teacher.
College of the Holy Cross, Class of 2010