Navigating the Preschool, Elementary & High School Admissions Process

MAKING CHOICES

Determining which school or college will best suit your child’s learning style requires careful thought and reflection. Every school has a unique personality and admissions protocol that takes time and energy to sort out. With the right support, however, the process of finding the appropriate educational environment can be an exciting experience. 

While Assistant Director of Admissions at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Carolyn  interviewed and counseled hundreds of parents and students. Her primary goal has always been to find the right match between school and family. Integrity and compassion have consistently guided her interactions with parents and admissions directors who highly value her  professional opinion. Carolyn joined The A-List in 2014 after 16 years as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. She has interviewed and counseled hundreds of families applying for kindergarten through 12th grade, and finding the appropriate match between school and family is her primary goal. Previously she taught english in private and public, middle and upper schools. She has a B.A. in Education and English from Goddard College, Graduate Studies – English and Education from Weslean University.  In addition she is the author of “The Seven Common Sins of Parenting an Only Child,” (Jossey-Bass/Wiley).

THE JOURNEY

You may begin the admissions journey unsure of how your child learns best or what your family wants from a school community. Carolyn helps filter out the “buzz” and often unreliable information you may hear about admissions at every level. After your first consultations, you will feel confident that you and your child  have the support necessary  to successfully complete the placement process. From first conversations about which schools are of interest, to filling out applications and preparing for interviews, Carolyn’s expertise is your best resource. 

RELOCATION AND LAST MINUTE PLACEMENT (preK-12th) 

Relocating your family to another city is, to say the least, a Herculean task. Even when you think you have accurate information from family, friends, your real estate broker, or Google, you can be misled.

 If you are relocating to Los Angeles or need to find a school at the last minute, Carolyn  makes it happen. She has helped many families moving from throughout the United States and overseas to find the right private school  placement.

Some excellent schools take late applications and others keep a few spots open specifically for families moving into the area. Carolyn knows those schools and those admission directors. You will not be alone in this big transition. 

Carolyn began her experience in education as an upper school English teacher and college advisor. She has continued her work in college counseling with daughter Alexis White and the A-List team of tutors. The team  works closely with one another to help students achieve the college placement that best suits their talents and goals. 

Contact Carolyn directly via:
crwplacement@gmail.com
323-394-6543

2019-20 Private School Acceptance List

Brentwood School

Crossroads School for Arts and Science

Geffen Academy

Harvard Westlake

John Thomas Dye School

Marlborough School

Milken Community School

Oakwood School

The Archer School for Girls

The Buckley School 

Westland School

Westside Neighborhood School

Windward School

2018-19 Private School Acceptance List

Archer School for Girls
Brentwood School
The Buckley School
Campbell Hall
Crespi
Crossroads School for Arts and Science
Geffen Academy
Harvard Westlake
Heschel
Immaculate Heart
Le Lycée Francais
Marlborough
Milken
Notre Dame
Oakwood
Pilgrim School
Viewpoint
Westside Neighborhood School
The Willows Community School
Windward

2017-18 Private School Acceptance List

Crespi
Harvard Westlake
Crossroads School for Arts and Science
Brentwood School
Campbell Hall
Marlborough
Windward
Turning Point School
The Willows Community School
Westside Neighborhood School
Temple Israel
Wise School
The Center for Early Education
Curtis School
The Country School
Milken
New Roads
Wildwood
Buckley
Chatsworth Hills Academy
Vistamar
Polytechnic
Geffen Academy
Berkeley Hall
The Willows Community School

2016-17 Private School Acceptance List

Vista Mar
Oakwood
Polytechnic – Pasadena
Harvard Westlake
Crossroads School for Arts and Science
Brentwood School
Campbell Hall
Marlborough
Windward
Turning Point School
The Willows Community School
Westside Neighborhood School
Archer School for Girls
TREE Academy
Arete
Temple Israel
Wise School
The Center for Early Education
Curtis School
The Country School
Milken
New Roads
Wildwood
Marymount
Pilgrim School
ESLA
Buckley

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