Comprehensive Educational Consulting Services
The Consultation Service offers a discussion-based overview of independent school planning, and is intended for parents only. Parents are encouraged to come with a list of questions they may have, no matter what they might be. Topics that are covered may include, but are not limited to, general information regarding:
- Independent Day and Boarding Schools
- The admissions process
- The admissions calendar
- Long-range planning
- Age- and grade-placement issues
- What to look for in a school
- Financial aspects involved in independent school education
- Working with an educational consultant
The Consultation is often a first step for families with a very young child, those new to the DC area, or those contemplating independent schools for the first time.
Due to the general nature of a consultation, specific school recommendations cannot be determined. Jean believes strongly in matching children with the most appropriate schools, and therefore must spend more time with the child and family in an Advisory service in order to make specific recommendations.
The Advisory Service is designed to determine appropriate school referrals for a specific child.Â To accomplish this, it is necessary to:
- Review all records from the studentâ€™s educational history
- Meet individually with the child
- Administer admission, IQ, or achievement testing if necessary
- Meet at length with the parents in order to more fully understand the studentâ€™s profile and the familyâ€™s values and priorities
After completing all of these steps, specific schools are recommended and the admissions process is discussed. The two appointments are usually on the same day and are not limited in time. The parent meeting lasts a minimum of two hours but may take longer in order to fully answer all of the parentâ€™s questions.
The Advisory service is concluded at the end of the parent meeting. Subsequent appointments comprise comprise either a Referral service or follow-up consultations at additional charge.
The Referral Service is a continuation of the Advisory Service. It is the process of thoroughly guiding the student or family through the admission process for schools recommended during the Advisory. Every student and situation is unique, and flexibility of service is important.Â Generally, however, the Referral Service includes:
- Ongoing discussion of the details of the admission process and the subsequent course of action
- Planning and timing for interviews, visiting days, testing, recommendations and/or essays
- Coordination of appropriate teacher recommendations when necessary
- Forwarding complete, clear and concise information to each school as needed
- Communicating with each school appropriately, either in writing or by conversation, the specific reasons why Jean has referred the student to that particular school
- Apprising the family of their responsibilities
- Assisting in the final decision-making process, and/or continuing to work on behalf of the student if waitlist status is given
Only a limited number of students can be supported through the Referral Service due to the time required to represent each one carefully and be responsive to the familyâ€™s requests and needs. It is therefore not possible for all Advisory clients to become Referral clients. An alternative option for families that have been through the Advisory and would like additional support is to meet with Jean in follow-up Consultations at a reduced hourly rate.
Careful consideration is given to all parameters of a studentâ€™s profile when recommending appropriate schools. However, guarantees for placement are not possible due to, but not limited by, factors such as the number of openings, the profile of students the school is seeking to complete a class, the admission interview or school visit experience, and the timing of the application.
Jean administers a number of cognitive (IQ) and achievement tests for admissions purposes, including, but not limited to, the:
- Woodcock-Johnson (cognitive and achievement)
- SSAT (individual and small-group)
Jean prides herself on her ability to make what could be a stressful experience into one that is comfortable for the child and, quite often, enjoyable.