Individual Consultations

Last Updated: August 7, 2017

2017-2018 Admission Season
and
End of 2016-2017 Admission Season

 
          I am available to consult with families on educational issues including admission to ongoing schools PreK-12th grade. My goal is to make the ongoing schools admissions process less daunting for those involved by providing concrete information; answering specific questions about the admissions process and particular schools, both public and private; and providing emotional support for families with their decisions as to which schools to apply and ultimately send their children.

I am knowledgeable about the areas being tested and types of questions on the AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners required by a limited number of private schools and administered by the ERB), the ECAA (Early Childhood Admission Assessment, sections of the WPPSI also administered by the ERB for grades 1st or 2nd to 4th), the SRT (School Readiness Task, administered by select private schools during child visits), the S-B (Stanford-Binet, required for Hunter College Elementary School), and the OLSAT and NNAT2 (Otis Lennon School Ability Test and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test required by NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented Programs), as well as the  ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam), SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), and SHSAT (Specialized High School Admission Test) for upper grades.  However, I do not provide test preparation. Do note that these tests are subject to change at any time.

Parents may consult with me in my office, or by phone or e-mail. Ideally, I would like to make myself available to answer brief questions at no charge. However, I have learned that a "quick question" over the phone or by e-mail, most often turns into a lengthy conversation. I thus now charge for in-office, phone and e-mail consultations. I have four billing options, which are outlined below for your consideration. Unless choosing Billing Option III or IV, application and/or report reviews, and consultations with other professionals, are billed at the Billing Option I rate. Application reviews take approximately an hour to an hour and a half per school.

To help you in your decision process about choosing a consultant or whether you need one at all, I am happy to discuss with you, at no cost, how I work, my experience and how I may be of assistance, via a brief phone call or e-mail. Please note that once these communications become geared toward providing information and advice regarding issues relating to a particular child's educational needs or about particular schools, they fall under my consultation realm.

         Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about my services or fees. I look forward to working with you.

Please note that rates are subject to change.


Billing Option I: Straight Billing
Please schedule an appointment at robin@schoolsearchnyc.com prior to paying. You are welcome to pay before or after a consultation session. Payment charged is based on time spent. My straight billing is as follows with the minimum bill being $175:

  30 minutes:  $175

  45 minutes:  $260

  60 minutes:  $350

  75 minutes:  $435

  90 minutes:  $525

  105 minutes:  $610

  120 minutes:  $700

Billing Option II: Two Sixty Minute Sessions and Unlimited Brief Phone Calls or E-Mails

For this option, there is a one-time fee of $1500, which includes two 60 minute office visits or full phone sessions, and unlimited phone calls or e-mail correspondences of under 10 minutes each. When phone calls or e-mails run longer than 10 minutes, a new fee will be negotiated. Application review and/or parent interview preparation may substitute for one of the sessions.  Please note that this one-time payment is not refundable in any amount even if allotted time is not fully used.  Signed contract and payment by check is required at initiation of service.

Billing Option III: From Start to Finish

For this next option, there is a one-time fee of $7500, which includes unlimited office visits, phone calls, e-mail correspondences, consultations with professionals, interview preparation, and application and report reviews.  This fee is per child; please contact me for pricing for twins/triplets or children of different ages applying at the same time. Please be aware that international clients may experience a surcharge due to added time expenditures. Please also note that this one-time payment is not refundable in any amount. Signed contract and payment by check is required at initiation of service.

Billing Option IV: Late Start Relocation or Changing Schools Service

        This option is for those families who are seeking a new school placement for their child or children for September, but learn late in the process after admission decisions are already made.  The reason for the late start is due either to a family recently learning it will be moving to NYC or to a sudden desire to change schools within NYC.  Due to the abbreviated time period, for this one-time fee of $5,500, this option includes contacting schools to see which may still accept applications, as well as the services listed under Start to Finish, above. This fee is per child; please contact me for pricing for twins/triplets or children of different ages applying at the same time. Please be aware that international clients may experience a surcharge due to added time expenditures. Please also note that this one-time payment is not refundable in any amount. Signed contract and payment by check is required at initiation of service. The exception to this fee is if my outreach to ongoing schools indicates there are no openings at the required grade level(s) and then the consultation will be charged by the amount of time spent assessing needs and options.


       I look forward to working with you, if you are ever in need of my services. Following a phone, email or office consultation, you are welcome to pay for the Straight Billing Option I using a credit card or Paypal account by using the Paypal buttons below.  My Billing Options Packages II, III and IV require a signed contract and payment by check.
 
To make use of this service, please contact Robin Aronow at:
212-316-0186 or robin@schoolsearchnyc.com.