Late Spring through September

Meet with us.  We begin the school search process by meeting with the student and parent/s so that we can get to know them well. At this point, we will describe the search and application process and answer any questions the family has.

Begin attending Open Houses. These will be held throughout the fall and into January.

How we can help: After an extensive interview with the you and your child to gather information about their academic profile, learning style, extracurricular interests, personal qualities, we will generate a list of schools that are the best match  so that your school search process can be focused and productive.


Register for either the SSAT or the ISEE.
Start to tour and interview at schools.

  • The ISEE is offered in November, December and January on several different dates each month. It is best to register at least one month in advance, allow more time if you want a specific test site.
  • The SSAT is offered once a month, October through June. Registration closes 3 weeks before the test date.

How we can help: Most children have never interviewed and this can be an intimidating experience. We help our clients prepare for the interview by letting them know what to expect, sharing with them age-appropriate interview strategies, conducting a mock interview, and following up with encouraging feedback that will make this a more comfortable, even enjoyable, experience. We follow up with each school after the interview to hear their impressions of your child.


  • Finalize list of schools to which you plan to apply.
  • Give recommendation forms to teachers.
  • Give school report forms to the principal or appropriate person.
  • Ask coach, religious school teacher, or employer/supervisor for a recommendation if appropriate.
  • Begin filling out applications, write rough drafts of essays.

How we can help: Writing an essay for a school application calls for a slightly different style than that used for school papers. By asking guiding questions and offering some general advice, we nurture the student’s inherent abilities as writers and thinkers to craft an essay that, in their own voice and in their own way, says exactly what they most want the admissions office to know about them.


  • Complete and submit applications.
  • Set up a day to visit classes (if allowed).
  • File financial aid as appropriate.

How we can help: Awash in financial aid forms? We have a number of resources and people to refer you to who can guide you through this process.


You may be invited to spend a day in classes at the schools to which you applied to learn more about the school’s culture and curriculum. Otherwise, sit tight until March 10th.

How we can help: Throughout the process we serve as a liaison between the family and the schools. Count on us to follow up to make sure your application is complete and answer questions the admissions office my have about your child and his candidacy.


Decision letters will be sent or emailed so that the arrive on or around March 10th. Families have until April 10th to decide which school they want their child to attend.

How we can help: If you are unsure which of the schools to which your child has been accepted is the best choice, we will meet with your family to discuss your options fully, share with you our insights, and answer any specific questions you might have.