High School Admissions Consulting 

Working with hundreds of families during our ten years in business, we have developed a deep understanding of the many choices, obstacles, and milestones that make up the New York City high school admissions process. Each high school has its own strengths and weaknesses, its own distinctive student community, and–in many cases–its own path to admissions. 

Drawing on our knowledge of both the public and independent school admissions as well as our holistic understanding of the unique academic, social, and extracurricular profiles of New York City schools, we're proud to offer a complete, ultra-personal solution for navigating high school admissions. 

 

Read below to learn more about our two consulting packages, or email our Director of Admissions Consulting, Nikki Faux (nikki@citysmarts.net), to get started.

 

 Your consulting team (from left) Brett Moses, Danielle Florio, and Mark Losinger

Your consulting team (from left) Brett Moses, Danielle Florio, and Mark Losinger

 Director of Admissions Consulting Nikki Faux

Director of Admissions Consulting Nikki Faux

admissions consulting packages

public + private hs admissions

$499/month – includes

  • Monthly consulting with Mark, Danielle, and Brett
  • Target school list, including robust notes on each school
  • Scheduling open houses, tours, and interviews 
  • Scheduling test dates, application submissions, and application updates
  • Interview prep
  • Admissions essay writing prep 
  • Connecting you with parents and high school seniors who attend the schools on your list
  • Setting up Ravenna
  • Parent Portion Consulting
  • Navigating Waitlists
  • Decision advisement

       

    public hs admissions

    $399/month – includes

    • A monthly consult with Mark, Danielle, or Brett
    • Target school list, including robust notes on each school
    • Scheduling open houses, tours, and interviews 
    • Scheduling test dates, application submissions, and application updates
    • Interview prep
    • Admissions essay writing prep 
    • Connecting you with parents and high school seniors who attend the schools on your list
    • Decision advisement
     

    Choosing the right high school

    Taking into consideration your son or daughter's academic profile, personality, and objectives, we will oversee the development of a target school list, complete with robust notes on what each school is looking for, as well as deadlines and tests required to apply. 

    personalized admissions calendar

    City Smarts will curate a customized Google Calendar that includes all relevant admissions deadlines, school tours & open houses, test dates, and test prep goals. 

    private school logistics 

    If you haven't already, we’ll set you up with an account through Ravenna. Ravenna HUB is designed to assist families applying to independent schools from preschool through 12th grade.  We will help you register for open houses and tours, and guide you through each aspect of the admissions process: submitting application materials, registering for events, tracking your application status, and navigating decisions.

    Public school open houses & Tours

    We understand how busy our City Smarts families are and how easy it is to miss a deadline or to lose track of each school's requirements. NYC schools will start to post open house & tour dates online in late August or just after Labor Day; we will streamline your to do list and update your personalized calendar accordingly.

    interview prep

    We want our students to go into each interview with confidence. We will run through a checklist with you to make sure your son or daughter feels prepared. 

    admissions essay writing prep 

    Let's face it, coming up with a story for an essay is overwhelming and students can often underutilize this vital opportunity to share their insights with schools. We help applicants navigate each aspect of this process, motivating them to draft, revise, and edit their narratives to reveal their ambitions and potential.

    outreach

    We will connect you to our network of parents and high school seniors who attend the schools on your list.  This is a great way for families to have frank, unfiltered conversations about the pros and cons of different NYC schools.  Knowing other families have had positive experiences with one of the schools on your list may make your decision a little easier.

    Decision advisement 

    Many families end up with several options for high school admissions. We will weigh your options with you, discuss final notes, and ease any anxieties that come along with making such an important decision.

     

    consulting starts with a conversation. 

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