Our History of Success
Nursery School Clients
Nursery School clients were accepted to the following programs during the 2017 – 2018 admissions season: All Souls School, Barrow Street Nursery School at Greenwich House, Beginnings Nursery School, The Brownstone School, The Caedmon School, Chelsea Day School, The Church of the Epiphany Day School , Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School, Dwight School, Epiphany Community Nursery School , The Episcopal School, The Family Center at Brooklyn Friends , The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, Garden House School of New York , Horace Mann School, Hudson Way Immersion School, International Preschools, La Escuelita, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School, Marymount School of New York, The Medical Center Nursery School, Merricat’s Castle School, Montclare Children’s School, Park Children’s Day School, Reade Street Prep, Science Language and Arts International School, SoHo Montessori School, St. Thomas More Play Group, Temple Emanu El Nursery School & Kindergarten, The Town School, Twin Parks Montessori School, Washington Market School, Weekday School at Riverside Church , West Side Montessori, William Woodward Jr. Nursery, York Avenue Preschool, 92nd Street Y
KINDERGARTEN – 12TH GRADE
Families were admitted to the following Schools this season:
Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Browning School, Buckley School, Birch Wathen Lenox School, Calhoun School, Cathedral School of Saint John the Divine, Chapin School, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, Dalton School, Dwight School, Dwight-Englewood School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Fordham Preparatory School, Friends Seminary, Grace Church School, Hackley School, Hannah Senesh Community School, Hewitt School, Horace Mann School, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, Marymount School of New York, Masters School, Nightingale-Bamford School, Packer Collegiate Institute, Poly Prep Country Day School, Riverdale Country School, Rye Country Day School, Spence School, Speyer Legacy School, Saint Ann’s School, Saint Bernard’s School, Saint David’s School, Town School, Trevor Day School, Trinity School, United Nations International School, Village Community Center, Village Community School, York Preparatory School
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
In our first year of college admissions, our students were admitted to the following schools:
American University of Paris, Bowdoin College, George Washington University, The New School, University of Colorado – Boulder, Wake Forest University, Wesleyan College, Whittier College
What we learned
- This season, we had a 100% placement rate with our nursery school families. Those families who declared a first choice school had a 94% acceptance rate. The other 6% were admitted to their second choice school. All but one received multiple acceptances (that exception being a family who received an early notification from their first choice and withdrew from the rest of their list).
- At the nursery school level, the number of applications that you submit matters. Applying to few schools makes it difficult for you to successfully navigate the process. Flexibility in scheduling is also key, as is knowing when and how to leverage contacts.
- Some schools still engage in the practice of wanting to be notified if a school is a family’s first choice, and all seem to at least want indication that the school is on the family’s radar.
- In our work for Middle and High school we find that academic evaluations are crucial in determining fit and managing expectations. In a particularly competitive year, we worked closely with students and their parents to prepare them for essay writing and the interview process, and we gathered as much information as we can to aid us in representing and advocating for our clients, particularly those families applying from schools where they will receive no additional support in the placement process.
- In addition to families coming out of K-8 private schools or making a switch to another private, we are seeing an increasing number of strong students applying to private middle and high schools from NYC public schools, and they do very well in the process. Schools are looking for students with a range of interests and experiences.
- At all levels, we saw an increasing geographic diversity in our applicant base, with a notable number of families coming from downtown and Brooklyn but extending their reach beyond their neighborhoods into the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan and the Hill Schools in Riverdale.
- It was an exceptionally busy year for us, as we were also managing the placement process for the Mandell School and working with several families for full service relocations from as far away as Thailand. Our placement success rate confirmed for us that working diligently with families to evaluate students and match schools that are an appropriate fit for them, managing the list and expectations, strategizing contacts and letters of intent are key to a positive outcome.