We are prepared to begin working with students and families who want assistance navigating the selective Private / Independent high school admission process. We analyze your student profile to help finalize your school list and provide the most effective assistance with your applications. We customize services to meet your needs and goals.
The Preparatory School Package includes assistance with both student and parent essays, activity sheet completion guidance, help securing the best letters of recommendation, interview preparation, school visitation guidance, SSAT preparation, how to use social media to your advantage and application completion guidance. Assistance for athletes and artists is also included as appropriate.
After fully understanding your interests and goals we do a thorough review and analysis of transcripts, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities and personal history.
We identify an initial list of schools that may be a good “Match” and “Fit.” Match refers to schools that have the attributes that interest you and your family most. Fit refers to how schools will perceive your application.
We help families research the individual schools, understand their main and more subtle differences and revise the list to those that are the best match and fit for them.
Application essays provide an opportunity for students to highlight their character, unique perspective, academic interests and writing ability. Because each student is unique we help develop, revise and edit essays that reflect their best self, without regard to number of drafts it requires.
Parent essays provide the school with insights in to the applicant and their family. We provide an opportunity for you to review essay questions with us and discuss how responses may be best tailored in support of your child’s application. We also review drafts and may suggest edits.
Letters of recommendation can further personalize an applicant. Unfortunately many letters of recommendation are unremarkable. Obtaining the most helpful letters of recommendation is more involved than just asking for them. We provide guidance on counselor, teacher and other recommender based submissions to obtain the strongest letters possible.
School Interviews provide an opportunity for students to strengthen and confirm their application. The interviewer’s report can function as a letter of recommendation and give admission committees another chance to know and understand an applicant. To prepare for successful interviews, we provide guidance on the types of questions to expect, how to formulate effective answers and how to ask insightful questions. We may conduct a mock interview to practice.
Campus visits can be an important part of selecting a school. We provide guidance on what schools to visit, the best time to go, specific activities to accomplish and how to evaluate the overall experience.
Admissions officers may review applicants using social media. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to hide from this. In fact, when used right, social media can be a major positive addition to your application. We help you optimize appropriate social media accounts to support your application.
Navigating the submission of transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation via the Standard Application Online and other websites can be complex and time consuming.
We create a customized admission-planning calendar that includes the optimal dates for completion of all application requirements. We provide ongoing guidance from Day 1 through the submission of all applications to keep you organized, ahead of schedule and with ultimate peace of mind.
The final step is to Review and proofread all online applications to ensure that information has been input correctly.
We provide guidance on how best to generate coach interest including how to produce a recruitment video, and develop letters of interest.
Supplemental Service Descriptions
We provide a highly effective standardized test preparation program. It includes guidance and explanations on how to answer every type of question correctly and efficiently. It also provides practice tests that are scored with detailed explanations offered for every question. We provide additional essay guidance and evaluation, establish a preparation schedule and monitor each student’s progress.