No. Any consultant who tells you they will guarantee acceptance is a huge red flag and an indication they are selling false promises or operating unscrupulously. My role and objective is to provide a professional opinion about schools that will be a good fit for your family. I also provide strategic application advice to help highlight your compatibility with those target schools.
The majority of our communications will take place virtually or by phone. I typically send clients a Zoom link prior to our check-in meetings so we can chat face-to-face, and share screens to go over application materials. If you are enrolled in my Concierge Plan, I advise doing an in-person assessment of your child at home and/or school to advise on proper school fit, and so I can gauge how they may be perceived by Admissions committees during the assessment portion of the application.
Do you guarantee placement at a given school?
How do you determine if a school is a good fit for my child and family?
There are a lot of factors I look at closely to help narrow down which educational environments will be well-suited to your child, and which communities will fit your family as a whole. We'll talk about your family values, educational goals, parenting style, and even your own educational backgrounds to hone in on what's most important to you in your child's education. We'll also have a thorough and honest conversation about your child and who they are as a person and student. Ultimately, what makes a school a good fit is highly personal to each family, but I've found it can make a world of difference to take inventory of specific factors at the onset of your school search.
What areas of L.A. do you specialize in?
If it's in L.A. county, I've got you covered. Families that enlist me come from all across the city, so I remain closely acquainted with schools on the west side, east side, South Bay, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley.
We don’t live in L.A. but we want to work with you. Do you give Admissions strategy advice for private schools outside of Los Angeles?
Yes, I can help you! The beauty of the private school Admissions process is that it's generally consistent across the board, even outside L.A. county. There are certainly nuances specific to each school, but I have successfully advised families who live in Santa Barbara, and Marin County with their Admissions strategy. If you live outside of L.A. and want to take advantage of my Admissions expertise, I'd be happy to help you.
How will we communicate throughout the process?
My specialized focus is preschool through 8th grade placements.
I believe an expert should be purposeful and specialized. While many consultants choose to broadly engage clients of all ages in the interest of attracting more business, very few actually have a skilled understanding of the developmental needs and nuances that are unique to younger children. My clients benefit from the expertise of a child development specialist who has the tools to both evaluate the "whole child," and to guide parents thoughtfully through a family-focused process.
What grade levels do you work with?
It depends on the service.
The 90-minute Consultation is offered year round, and can typically be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. (If you're in a time crunch, I'll do my best to accommodate you).
The Interview Coaching & Essay Editing service is offered from September - January, and is subject to availability.
The Concierge Plan is limited to 15-20 families per Admissions season, and these spots tend to fill up by early November.
The Late Application service is offered year round, and is subject to availability.
How long in advance do I need to book your services?
I'm only interested in public schools. Can you help me navigate all my public options?
Absolutely. The public school system in Los Angeles is a complex maze to navigate, especially if you are exploring charters, magnets, and special programs. I recommend scheduling an In-Depth Consultation, so I can walk you through all of your public options, and familiarize you with important details and deadlines. Please fill out this inquiry form to get started.