Testimonials

Knowledge, wisdom, optimism, support, passion, kindness and professionalism

We decided to move to LA because we wanted to offer our children a better education. We are so grateful a friend recommended Carolyn. She was our rock throughout this overwhelming process.

Carolyn was incredible at breaking down the complex application process and comforting us along the way that we would find the right school for our children – even though we were extremely late in the process.

She earned our hearts when she introduced herself to our children on Skype. She took real interest in them as people and truly understood their needs and wants. She totally got our family and made recommendations that were spot on. Nothing was ever a problem and everything ran smoothly under her wise guidance.

Applications were submitted, interviews scheduled, school visits while jet lagged, exam taken, and when we least expected the time for a decision came. When we couldn’t decide, Carolyn connected us with other families in the schools so we could have other points of view. We called her for advice when our youngest son changed his mind and she checked on us first weeks of school.

Her kindness, insight, sense of humor and extensive experience made the process so easy for us. We couldn’t have made this huge transition without her.

We love Carolyn!

Andrea Nhuch
Parent, Westside Neighborhood School

I would like to thank Alexis and her team of tutors!

I would like to thank Alexis and her team of tutors! When applying for High School I was very stressed out about taking the ISEE test. Alexis had me work with one of her greatest tutors. He helped me to not worry and taught me step by step, section by section, how to approach the test. It was stress management combined with test tutoring. I couldn’t have mastered the ISEE as well as I did without the help. Thank you again for helping me succeed! I am so very grateful and excited to be attending Crossroads this fall for High School. If I ever need any form of tutoring in the future, I would not want to work with anyone else but Alexis’ team!

Henri Camposano
Student, Crossroads School

After zeroing in, she helped open doors swiftly

Carolyn was truly a miracle worker for us. We found ourselves with a June change of heart and didn’t feel the school our child was attending would continue to be the right fit for middle school. Carolyn came to the rescue, spent hours with us and with our child, and helped us identify more than one school that would, indeed, be a more suitable educational and social environment.

After zeroing in, she helped open doors swiftly to admissions offices that can, at times, feel like knocking on the doors of Oz! We found ourselves welcomed warmly and with great understanding for our late admissions situation. Her word is golden, not only for us, but for the school admissions officers as well.

Thank you, Carolyn, for your kindness and wisdom, for making our child feel seen and deeply appreciated, and for helping me and my husband through a stressful decision. We look forward to working with you again when we start looking at high schools!

Andrea Nevins
Parent, Willows Community School & Crossroads School

Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable… Alexis White was amazing.

We have worked with Carolyn White twice, once while we looked for a middle school for our son and more recently as we looked for high schools. Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable about every LA area school and makes a point of keeping up with each school as they change and evolve. More importantly, Carolyn got to know our son very well, bolstering his strengths and rallying around his weaknesses. The phrase is used a lot, but it’s more difficult than it sounds to find ‘the right fit’. As a parent, some schools are difficult to fully evaluate, while also considering how a child may change and develop during formative years. We wanted to search deeply to find schools that would challenge our child, while also ensuring that he would not be in over his head. With Carolyn’s experience, skill and attention to detail, we are confident that in both cases we found the right school for our son.

Applying to private schools in LA can be like running the gauntlet. Getting to know the schools, narrowing your choices, deadlines, test prep, interview prep, deciding on a school as your first choice – can be fraught to say the least. Carolyn guided us through each stage, making the whole process more meaningful and less daunting.

When it came to test prep, Alexis White was amazing. She assigned the perfect tutor for our son and ensured that practice tests were given in the right environment at the right intervals. Needless to say, our son scored better than expected when it came to the real placement tests!

As a family, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without Carolyn and Alexis White and we are eternally grateful for their help.

Jason O'Mara
Parent, Campbell Hall

Carolyn is one of a kind – a true gem…

When we were faced with the daunting task of applying out to high schools in Los Angeles, we considered other educational consultants, but one meeting with Carolyn convinced us that she was the perfect partner to assist us through the process. She was a breath of fresh air in what felt like a most stressful period, and she calmed our nerves and helped us see the forest through the trees. She was able to debunk all the myths, cut through all the hype, and give us an accurate picture of the high school landscape. She took the time to really get to know our son and our family, and with her vast experience and wealth of knowledge about schools, helped us navigate the application process, prioritize our choices, prepare for interviews and interface with schools. She knows what schools are uniquely looking for in candidates and worked with us to ensure that we had the best possible chances to make a great first impression. Her sage advice pulled us through the tedious application period, as well as a difficult decision making process, and we will forever be grateful for the time, care and support she lovingly provided to our family. Carolyn is one of a kind – a true gem, and we feel extremely fortunate to have had her by our side. With her in our corner, we felt confident, prepared and truly ready to take on the world. Our son is now a 9th grader enrolled at Harvard-Westlake, and he could not be happier! Thank you, Carolyn, from the bottom of our hearts!

Cynthia Csato
Parent, Harvard Westlake

Carolyn and Alexis White have been a life support…

Carolyn and Alexis White have been a life support to help me navigate the LA school system. Starting with my relocation from NY back in 2015 and not knowing anything about the school system in LA, to then facilitating for my son Henri to advance to one of the best independent High Schools in 2018, this journey of academic success for my son would have not been possible without these two incredible humans. As a single mom, it is already stressful enough to make life happen. The added pressure of making sure one’s child experiences the best and most rewarding school education possible could make things even more stressful. It was truly the greatest comfort to know that Carolyn and Alexis were there to make it all happen. I cannot stress enough how much their support has meant to me and I would like to thank both from the bottom of my heart! I highly recommend their services. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us!

From Henri Camposano, Student:
The A-list ISEE tutoring is the greatest!

I would like to thank Alexis and her team of tutors! When applying for High School I was very stressed out about taking the ISEE test. Alexis had me work with one of her greatest tutors. He helped me to not worry and taught me step by step, section by section, how to approach the test. It was stress management combined with test tutoring. I couldn’t have mastered the ISEE as well as I did without the help. Thank you again for helping me succeed! I am so very grateful and excited to be attending Crossroads this fall for High School. If I ever need any form of tutoring in the future, I would not want to work with anyone else but Alexis’ team!

Jules Camposano
Parent, Crossroads School for Arts and Science

Alexis was calm, straight forward, flexible and efficient with her time.

We are most grateful for Alexis White’s support of our daughter throughout the college application process.  Not only was she helpful in identifying schools that fit what our daughter was looking for, but she was invaluable in arranging tours and assisted my daughter in contacting professors in her area of interest on these campuses.  On several of my daughter’s college visits, she was able to meet with these faculty when she visited the school, allowing her to gain a true insight into what each college offered in her particular area of study.  We would never have thought to do that and are most appreciative of Alexis suggesting this to us! Additionally, Alexis was a great sounding board as our daughter worked on her essay and many, many supplements.  Alexis was thoughtful in her comments and always provided great suggestions and feedback.  The end result were essays that captured our daughter’s personality, her interests/passions and effectively put them into words.  The result was acceptances to nearly every college she applied to!  Throughout the entire process, Alexis was calm, straight forward, flexible and efficient with her time.  We could not be happier with our entire experience from start to finish!  Thank you so much Alexis, you are the best!

Andrea Tracy
Parent, Marlborough School

I am forever grateful for Alexis and the A-List Company.

I am the first person in my family to ever go to college, the entire process was new and lost on my family members and I, all until I met Alexis. Alexis has explained the process to me from start to finish. I could rely on her at every step of the way to help me, encourage me, and explain any minor detail. Alexis was always flexible with her hours and ensured that I maximized every minute of each session. I was introduced to college in a new light and I learned a great deal from Alexis. She taught me how to search for the schools that fit me best, how to arrange tours, how to communicate with the right people, and how to write a killer essay and supplement. I can only thank Alexis for truly helping me to capture my passions and myself and put it into words. I thank her today for getting me into my number one top choice of University. I am forever grateful for Alexis and the A-List Company. From ACT prep to College Counseling, they have gotten me through it all. THE ABSOLUTE BEST !!!

Milan Rubin
student at de Toledo High School

By the way, our son got into every school he applied to.

Our family was supported by Carolyn during the admissions process last fall,  and we couldn’t recommend her more highly. She is a wealth of knowledge about the schools with her years of experience in admissions,  which gave us confidence in our decision making. But even more helpful, her demystifying the process helped us actually enjoy admissions.  By the way, our son got into every school he applied to.  Thank you Carolyn!

 

Song Oh 
Parent at Geffen Academy 

As a family, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without Carolyn and Alexis White. We are eternally grateful for their help

We have worked with Carolyn White twice, once while we looked for a middle school for our son and more recently as we looked for high schools. Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable about every LA area school and makes a point of keeping up with each school as they change and evolve. More importantly, Carolyn got to know our son very well, bolstering his strengths and rallying around his weaknesses. The phrase is used a lot, but it’s more difficult than it sounds to find ‘the right fit’. As a parent, some schools are difficult to fully evaluate, while also considering how a child may change and develop during formative years. We wanted to search deeply to find schools that would challenge our child, while also ensuring that he would not be in over his head. With Carolyn’s experience, skill and attention to detail, we are confident that in both cases we found the right school for our son.

Applying to private schools in LA can be like running the gauntlet. Getting to know the schools, narrowing your choices, deadlines, test prep, interview prep, deciding on a school as your first choice – can be fraught to say the least. Carolyn guided us through each stage, making the whole process more meaningful and less daunting.

When it came to test prep, Alexis White was amazing. She assigned the perfect tutor for our son and ensured that practice tests were given in the right environment at the right intervals. Needless to say, our son scored better than expected when it came to the real placement tests!

Jason O'Mara

My daughter had a great experience with the admission process with very little stress…

With her calm demeanor and extensive experience in admissions, Carolyn puts the whole family at ease and adds a dash of lightheartedness to achieve an effective middle school application process. Her thoughtful questions help both you and Carolyn to understand who your child is and to create an authentic list of options. Her questions also enable your child to take a moment to  understand her strengths, passions and dreams. With each visit, Carolyn encouraged my daughter to fulfill her potential, boosted her confidence, and helped her leave any anxiety in the dust. Carolyn’s mock interviews are a must to prepare for the big day. We are so happy and grateful that our paths crossed with Carolyn. My daughter had a great experience with the admission process with very little stress, and now she is enjoying being a 7th grader at Brentwood School, which was her number 1 choice.

Katya Sonman
mother of Kaila , Brentwood 7th grade

I cannot imagine navigating the private school landscape without Carolyn’s experience and insight.

The process of applying to private school in Los Angeles is one of the most significant endeavors your family will undertake. In a city of 14 million people, community can be difficult to find and while  all schools offer academics, they provide the first experience most children have of community.

There is no way as a parent that you will be able to know the Ins and outs of all the schools available to your child. A decision this important should be made with most information possible about each school rather than a cursory look on 1 hour school tour.

Carolyn provided our family with both the in-depth understanding of our options, and even more importantly,  an assessment of how she saw our family as whole and where she believed our child and  our entire family would have the best experience possible. She was 100% right, and she wasn’t afraid to do the heavy lifting that is required throughout the application and interview process.

I cannot imagine navigating the private school landscape without Carolyn’s experience and insight. Everyday when I walk our daughter into kindergarten, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude that she and our whole and family get to grow up in what I can honestly say is the most magical school ever. Without Carolyn we could not have even begun to sort through schools. I can’t imagine being anywhere else…Crossroads has become our home away from home and the place where we have met some of our best friends. Our daughter breaks into a wide grin everyday when she walks through door…the one that Carolyn helped us open.

Brooke Peterson
Parent, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

…superhero genre for an intellectual and accomplished mother/daughter duo

Hi Alexis and Carolyn.

What a pleasure it was spending time with both of you today!  Though I’m not sure if there’s room in the superhero genre for an intellectual and accomplished mother/daughter duo…the two of you would definitely have my vote. 🙂

Alexis…Caleb left today’s ISEE prep session feeling self-assured and excited to tell me about the new concepts he learned. Quoting him verbatim, “Mom, I learned more with Alexis in that one hour than I did  in the last six sessions with the other tutor (from the ‘shall remain nameless company’)” Thank you!

Carolyn…beyond being an obvious wealth of information, you are delightful and bring a calming insight to this process that I sincerely appreciate.  I really look forward to you getting to know Caleb!

Again, I am so grateful to have met you, and genuinely look forward to the journey ahead!

Raina Rosenblum
Parent, Windward & Brawerman Schools

Carolyn White was a true angel for our family

Carolyn White was a true angel for our family. After a long, unsuccessful school search for our son, she managed to lead us down a path, that we didn’t even know existed, to a school that is a perfect fit for our boy. Her insight into the endless options of schools in LA is unprecedented. She introduced us to TREE ACADEMY, a brand new school in its early stages of creation that has turned out to be such a blessing for our son. By spending time with him and getting to know him, she understood that he would thrive in an environment that provided lots of one-on-one instruction, a dynamic variety of electives and an inspired faculty who creates a joyous learning environment for the students. Carolyn’s greatest ability is to match a student’s special needs with a school’s specific educational style. She uses her skills and knowledge to feed her passion for helping students and families. Carolyn White is a solution-based master in education placement and any family who has her on their side is extremely fortunate.
xoxo
* Mol

Molly Tuttle
Parent, TREE Academy

I simply cannot recommend Carolyn and Alexis White highly enough

We worked with them as we applied to middle schools and prepared our child for the ISEE exam.

Carolyn’s knowledge of the LA area schools and her warm attention to every aspect of our child’s application was immensely comforting. Carolyn made us feel as though we had a family member on the inside who could explain every phase of the process  and who cared deeply about our child. She was accurate in her every suggestion and understood us as a family amazingly well. Our child was admitted to every one of her top choice schools, all of which were extremely competitive. I know with confidence that Carolyn was a huge contributing factor to this success. She is a delight and I would use her again without hesitation. Rarely in life does one meet a professional who can marry this level of skill with compassion, experience and commitment. Carolyn is one of those rare gems.

Alexis White brings not only an immense knowledge to her test preparation but an ability to communicate with teenagers that is amongst the best I have seen. Through this she gets to know each child and thereby to really understand which school would be the best fit for them. The application process is challenging on many levels for the whole family and Alexis has the ability to connect immediately and to provide the answers once needs to feel heard and guided.

Our experience with both Carolyn and Alexis from the initial stages of assessing schools, to ISEE prep, to completing the actual applications and managing wait times and results was better than we ever imagined. Their help and guidance not only made the process easier but lead to results that far exceeded our expectations.

Beth Davidson
Parent, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Offered priceless help

We thank you so much for all of your support. Your assistance really made a positive impression on our son. You were successful in keeping him focused on his high school subjects and offered priceless help with the college application process. Thank you again.

 

Dorit Evenhaim
Parent, New Community Jewish School

Scored perfect 36s on his ACT

Thomas scored perfect 36s on his ACT thanks in no small part to Nick and your team. So thanks for all your help.

Jake Epstein
Parent, Oakwood School

A first-class tutor

So much about tutoring success depends on the quality of the tutor and whether he/she clicks with your child. I will say that A-List provided us with such a first-class tutor, we were bowled over. She performed magic with our children and found a way to bring out the best in them. Her teaching skills were incomparable, and her style was impressive. A-List gets an A-plus from us!

Jaye Rogovin
Parent, John Thomas Dye

A-list tutors truly care about me as a person

My A-List tutors are perfect for me. They don’t just care about doing a good job for the A-List, but they truly care about me as a person. My humanities tutor “gets” me…she’s really creative so she’s always able to help explain English and history to me in a way that I can understand. My science tutor is studying medicine at UCLA and he’s also always able to put a “real world” spin on what I’m learning. Thank you so much–this help means everything to me.

Kevin Acosta
Student, Loyola High School

You helped our daughter shine and kept us calm!

You guided, you encouraged, you helped our daughter shine and kept us calm. Consider us your BEST reference!

Becky Sobelman-Stern
Parent, Milken Community High School

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