Secondary School Admissions

At Discovery Private School Admissions, we provide private school admissions counseling and placement to assist students and their families prepare for admission to U.S. independent day and boarding schools.

Who are we?
We are a team of educational advisors with over 15 years experience in the educational advisory business. We understand the value of education and the competitive nature of the independent school admissions process.

Our cutting-edge knowledge and experience in educational and admissions advising afford us the ability to successfully help our clients navigate the process and have results.
For international families: We are assist your child successfully gain admissions to top U.S. day and boarding private schools!

We are NOT an Internet company! We have 4 brick and mortar offices, headquartered in Closter, NJ and additional offices located in Palisades Park, NJ, and Manhattan,NY.

What makes us the America’s Premier Independent Educational Consultants for Private School Admissions?

A. We offer informed, unbiased and impartial advice to domestic and international families at every stage of the private school admissions process – school search stage through post-decision stage.

B. We visit numerous independent day and boarding school campuses each year. We perform a hands on analysis and evaluate each school’s academic programs, facilities, faculty, administration and students.

C. We contact and meet with heads of schools, board and board members, executive directors, admissions directors, and enrollment directors to fully evaluate the true chemistry of a school.

D. Our staff and admissions experts participate in a variety of organizations and conferences for independent schools, including those sponsored by NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools), CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), AISNE (Association of Independent Schools in New England), ISANNE (Independent School Association of Northern New England) and WBSA (Western Boarding Schools Association).

E. We assess and evaluate student and family needs, discuss goals, weigh the importance of school factors such as educational philosophy/mission, location, cost, size, athletics, arts, academic rigor, faculty, personal attention to individual students, diversity, multiculturalism, student happiness and college placement; and gain a true sense of the range of selection a family has in mind in their research of independent schools.

F. We understand and embrace the competitive nature of private school admissions.

G. We believe in positive outcomes and results!

Who do we represent?

We have represented students and families from:

  • United States
  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • Korea
  • Brazil
  • Venezuela
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
  • Many other countries

Our team of education consultants provides the following Private School Admissions Advisory Services:


  • Personal Comprehensive Assessment.
  • Hourly advising.
  • Interview Preparation & Skills Development.
  • School application review and support.
  • Essay review and support.


For clients who desire a list of private schools based on student profile.
At Discovery Private School Admissions, the team of associates personally visit over 100 private day and boarding schools throughout the U.S. and conduct a Private School Assessment & Review (PSAR). The goal of PSAR is to provide parents with the knowledge, unbiased assessment and “private school intelligence” they need to decide where their children should attend school.
By providing current information, knowledge. private school intelligence, parents need at their fingertips, parents and students can feel confident that they are making the best school choice. No more assumptions based on an internet visit, open house visit or brochures.

This service is a wonderful service for international families seeking boarding schools or domestic families seeking schools outside of their communities.


A. Advisory Approach:
(1) Consultations (two to three sessions) with parents to identify desired outcome for their child.
(2) Discussions with parents and students to determine their ideal school environment.
(3) Review academic records, school testing, admission tests, and full educational evaluation, background information, special talents and interests of student.
(4) Present and discuss findings with client.
(5) Outline the admissions process.
(6) Assist with: application materials during four sessions.
(7) Follow-up consultation and other services are available at an hourly rate.

B. Ongoing/Comprehensive Approach:
(1) Consultations (unlimited) with parents to identify desired outcome for their child.
(2) Discussions with parents and students to determine their ideal school environment.
(3) Review academic records, school testing, and full educational evaluation, background information, special talents and interests of student.
(4) Present and discuss findings with client.
(5) Consult with or refer to other professionals, if appropriate.
(6) Outline the admissions process and create timeline.
(7) School application and essay assistance.
(8) School visitation strategies.
(9) Parental and student mock interview sessions.
(10) Recommendation selection and review.
(11) Consult with schools regarding application and admission process.
(12) Admissions Advocacy and support.


(1) For families who are domestically relocating.
(2) For U.S. citizens employed abroad whose children are currently attending an international school.
(3) For international families who are relocating to the U.S.

In addition to the above admissions advisory services we: (a) Assist in school application and essay completion. (b) Provide parental and student mock interviews. (c) Develop a comprehensive and strategic plan of action. (d)Provide application assistance and completion, essay editing, (e) Provide standardized test preparation-planning, (f) Provide recommendations and references assessment. (g) Coordinate school tour/visit planning.


Many international families work with their local educational agents in their country only to discover that these agents lack the experience and knowledge to place their children in top American private day or boarding schools. The result: children are unhappy and do not receive the best education when place in third and fourth rate schools. From time to time, we even receive inquiries from families who wish that their child transfer from an incorrect or inappropriate placement.

Why waste time and money placing your child in the wrong school?
International Private School Admissions Services:

  • International advisory and school placement
  • Transfer admissions services – for students who are currently enrolled and wish to transfer.


For U.S. and international high school seniors who desire an extra PG or postgraduate year. Reasons for PG include:

  • Improve College Admissions Chances
  • Personal Growth
  • Perfect Athletic Abilities

Please note that the postgraduate programs admissions process has become increasingly competitive and that there are limited slots for the many qualified students who apply to them!


If your child has been placed on the wait list of a particular school, what do you do?

Discovery can provide admissions strategies to help your child be removed from the wait list and be admitted to his/her top-choice private school.
Our Wait list-To-Acceptance Services include:

  • Evaluation with students and parents to assess needs/goals and past strategies.
  • Assessment of the student’s scholastic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Assessment of parental/family component during the admissions process.
  • Review of all educational records.
  • Evaluation and assessment of “what went wrong”
  • Development of a strategic waitlist or deferral admission plan.


If you have applied to schools after school application deadlines, because of unintended consequences. For example, relocation or immediate need to transfer form public to private school or private to private school.
At Discovery, we specialize in challenging, unique and seemingly insurmountable after-the-deadline cases. We can serve as an advocate for your family in this situation and act as your personal admissions liaison to ensure your child’s acceptance.

This is a very involved service and is recommended only for families who need an immediate admissions transfer or fall admissions after school application deadlines or school decisions have been made.


A. In-person consultations: available in Connecticut, Westchester County, Manhattan, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, MetroBoston and Rhode Island. We provide convenient in-home consultations. We schedule consultations around your hectic and busy lifestyle. Seven days a week. Evenings and weekends!

B. Phone and Skype consultations: available for national and international clients.

For families who reside in Manhattan and or are interested in Manhattan private schools, please inquire about our service unit: NYC Private School Admissions.

Interested in our affiliate site for the transition from private school to Ivy League Colleges? Many of our clients continue to use our network of services while in private school. Please visit: Ivy League Admissions.

Acceptances: Discovery Private School Admissions and its affiliates are pleased to announce their clients’ acceptances to the following elite private schools: Choate, Kent, Taft, Loomis Chaffee, Hotchkiss, Canterbury, Cheshire, Gunnery, Hopkins, Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, St. Paul’s, Lawrenceville, Miss Porter’s, Masters, Hackley, Hun, Noble & Greenough, Milton, Peddie, Blair, Delbarton, Dalton, Collegiate, Marymount, Columbia Prep, Trevor, Chapin, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Calhoun, St. Ann’s, Leman Manhattan, Brunswick, and Greenwich Academy.

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