Research, Prep, and Navigate the Process.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR GOALS
The initial consultation process begins by understanding your family’s values and educational goals and then pairing that with a detailed picture of your child’s academics, standardized test scores, and extracurricular profile -- depending on their age and entry point.
Drawing upon my expertise and intimate knowledge of the independent and parochial school landscape in Los Angeles, I'll provide you with a list of schools available and identify which ones will provide your child the best opportunity to thrive.
TOOLS TO EXPEDITE FILES
Whether a job moves you to Los Angeles mid-year or you find your child's school is no longer meeting their needs, I will work with you and your family to help find available schools that have a space for your child.
I will utilize tools so that the admissions process that typically takes several months can be condensed into a much shorter time frame. I will educate you on the process and communicate with schools to make sure your complete application file is complete in an expedited manor.
ESSAY GUIDANCE & SUPPORT
WRITING IMPACTFUL STATEMENTS
Application essays are a critical part of a family’s admissions file. They help provide the admissions committee with a sense of how a family’s values align with a school’s mission. They convey to a school why a student and family would be a good fit for the school.
Having read thousands of admissions files and knowing what makes an application stand out, I help guide both parents and students to write essays that are impactful, clearly convey their core values and the student’s strengths.
COORDINATING SCHOOL TRANSFER
For families relocating to Los Angeles, one of the more daunting decisions can be what neighborhood to choose. I will assist you in the time-consuming and stressful process of applying to schools in the right neighborhoods for you.
I will help provide a clear understanding of each school, their philosophies, and where they fit into the larger city geography. I will also guide you through the application process and coordinate school visits while you are in Los Angeles, and support you in all aspects of the school application process.
ANSWERS & BODY LANGUAGE
The interview is one of the most important pieces of the admissions process -- it is also one of the most nerve wrecking for many students and parents.
I work with both students and parents to prepare them for commonly asked interview questions, provide them with feedback for their answers, and help students elaborate better on their responses. I also suggest appropriate attire, coach students on how to manage nerves, and work on positive body language during the interview.
APPLYING IN OFF-GRADE YEARS
I help to support families applying to non-standard entry points, such as 1st through 5th grade, 8th grade, or even 10th or 11th grade. While entering schools is most common in Kindergarten, 6th, 7th, and 9th grade, applying for admission for an off-grade level is not an insurmountable feat.
With intimate knowledge of the school systems in Los Angeles and my personal relationships with their admissions offices, I will help you select the right school t0 give your the best admissions opportunity.