School Finder and Comparison Tool
To help parents navigate the elementary school admissions process, the website has a school finder as well as a school comparison tool that will allow parents to identify a set of schools that meet your child's and family's needs as well as compare these schools' characteristics (e.g., educational philosophy, cost, test scores, attendance rates). Please click on the School Finder tab for more information about this service.
Moreover, the website has handouts that help parents prepare for the school tours, child and parent interviews and entrance exams. Please click on the following links to download the handouts:
- Elementary school tour handout
- Elementary school child and parent interview handout
- Reference letter handout
- Admissions officers' pet peeves
- Handout to prepare your child for the entrance exam
- Admissions decisions handout
- Financial aid and scholarships handout
We also provide more personal services to help parents navigate the elementary school admissions process, including eduprofile, workshops and confidential private consulting. To learn how to purchase these services, please click on the Our Services Tab.
We have created a survey that will help us determine your child’s educational profile as well as your family’s educational goals and practical concerns. More specifically, the survey asks you about your child’s basic learning capacity, skill development, special interests, learning styles, motivation to learn, social temperament and disabilities. In addition, the questionnaire asks parents questions regarding the importance of various educational characteristics (e.g., what content is emphasized, teaching methods, classroom behavior management approach and school community) as well as any practical considerations that are important, including the school’s type, location, educational approach, schedule, transportation, and cost. Once we have reviewed the survey, we will send you information about your child’s educational profile as well as a list of schools that we think will meet your child’s and family’s needs.
We offer two 2-hour elementary school workshops:
- Navigating the New York City elementary school admissions process
- Preparing children for the entrance exams
The elementary school admissions process workshop provides parents with tips regarding 1) how to identify the elementary schools that meet your needs, 2) the logistics of the admissions process, 3) touring schools, 4) parent interviews, 5) preparing your child for interviews, 6) writing a compelling essay, and 7) juggling acceptances and wait-list offers.
The second workshop, preparing students for the elementary school entrance exams, explains the rationale behind the admissions tests required by many elementary schools. Parents will also learn how to prepare your child to be as comfortable as possible on the date of the test.
Individual Consulting Services
We provide individual consulting services to parents who would like help navigating the public and private elementary school admissions process. More specifically, we can help parents with any one or all of the following steps:
Step 1) Develop your child's and family's educational profile
Step 2) Identify the elementary schools that meet your child’s and family’s needs
Step 3) Understand the logistics of the admissions process
Step 4) Prepare for the school tours as well as the parent and student interviews
Step 5) Complete the applications and write a compelling essay
Step 6) Select the best school for your child and family