School Choice Group School Search Solutions LEAP Global Education Explorer

School Search and Placement Program

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This service consists of five hours with a School Choice consultant, which will be a combination of in-person and telephone meetings.  During those five hours, the consultant will offer you assistance in the following areas:

  • Intake and Assessment: Through interviews with the parents and children, a review of applicable academic and test records, and completion of the School Choice Student/Family Profile, the consultant will better understand your children’s and your family’s values, priorities, and preferences, as well as your children’s strengths, needs, and learning style.
  • School Target Analysis: We combine your children’s profile with School Choice’s comprehensive data base of schools and, with the crucial addition of your consultant’s own familiarity with area schools, create a School Target Analysis. This report is developed specifically for your children, based on the profile information already gathered, identifying criteria such as size, location, and style of school, and availability in the grade(s) required. It provides summary information regarding the schools on which we believe you should be focusing, including public schools if you wish to include them in your search.
  • Preparation for School Visits: We provide help and advice in preparing you for school visits, pointing out things to look for and useful questions to ask; we will help interpret the information you receive and assist you in evaluating your experience during the tour in order to identify factors of importance to you as well as mistakes to avoid that can prove costly in the admissions process.
  • Scheduling Assistance: When and where appropriate, your School Choice consultant will coordinate with selected schools to assist in scheduling interviews, school visits, and any necessary follow-up meetings.
  • Application Review: No one can write the school applications but you. However, we will edit and offer commentary on the first application you complete for each of your children. This review will offer suggestions regarding tone, clarity, and structure, and will help you to ensure that your first application is as good as it can be. This review will also serve as a guide for any subsequent applications you choose to complete.
  • Interview Preparation: In preparation for your all-important interview, your School Choice consultant will work with your family as a coach to create the best possible image of you and your family, consistent with who you are. We will debrief with you after the visits you have scheduled to determine what, if any, follow-up is appropriate.
  • Advocacy: When and where appropriate, your School Choice consultant will contact your preferred schools to emphasize the ways in which your children and family can be a positive addition to their school community.
  • Decision-Making: At the end of the process, you may have several options from which to choose. Your School Choice consultant will help you evaluate what you have learned during this journey, and weigh your options so that you can make the most appropriate decision.

What is your role in the process?

School Choice helps families identify the most appropriate schools for their children, and assists them in navigating the admissions process in a way that offers the best chance for success.  But no service can take the place of parents in the admissions process.   Your family’s responsibilities include things like completing the questionnaires, applications, and other forms promptly and completely, gathering up the necessary documents, transcripts, and certificates, writing the applications, and scheduling the school visits.

Contact us today at 914-328-3000 or to talk with a consultant about how we might help your child find a school specifically suited to his or her needs.

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