First, let’s talk…
All Schools Considered offers a complimentary, 30-minute initial phone consultation for prospective clients. We’ll ask a few questions to learn to what’s motivating your interest in a school search before talking over what you hope to achieve. If we all agree that ASC’s services are a good option for your family, we’ll discuss our consulting agreement and tiered fee structure with you.
Ready to get started?
We cater to the different needs of our families with two levels of one-on-one service. Before beginning either program, we ask all ASC clients to complete our Family Survey. We designed this in-depth personal questionnaire to evaluate your child’s current school situation as well as your schooling preferences. The answers you provide serve as a great starting point to prepare us for meeting with your family.
Level 1: Personalized Family Consultation
After reviewing your Family Survey, we sit down with you, preferably in-person, or by video conferencing if necessary. Over the course of an hour and a half or so, we lead a detailed discussion about the factors impacting your child’s school placement. If you are planning a family relocation, this time is also focused on the particulars of your move and defining your parameters for schooling options in your new community.
If your family is considering a school move locally, we’ll talk through the reasons for your concern and review the actions, if any, that you have taken thus far. ASC then helps your family to prioritize the importance of those concerns and weigh them in considering whether to proceed with changing your child’s school. In the end, you must ask: Can we strategize workable solutions that may resolve the situation satisfactorily, or are there deal breakers that leave no room for staying put?
Level 2: Comprehensive Search and Placement Program
In this program, All Schools Considered expertly guides you through our highly interactive search process to the selection of your preferred school, and later ensures your satisfaction with periodic follow-ups.
Initial Family Meeting: Please plan on spending one to one-and-a-half hours for this informal meeting with you and your children in your home, or at another location if you prefer. Together we talk over your expectations and ask you to identify specific schools and/or types of schools you’re open to consider, as well as those you wish to eliminate. Finally, we interview each parent or guardian and the student individually to develop a more accurate picture of your wants and must-have’s.
Survey Review and Planning Meeting: Prior to launching our school search, allow ASC a half hour by phone to discuss in greater detail what we’ve learned from your Family Survey and our observations from the first meeting. We also verify specific characteristics regarding your desired school and present you with additional questions to further develop your family profile. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm the accuracy of the information we’ve gleaned and ensure that our goals are aligned – enabling ASC to refine our search and plan detailed next steps.
School Recommendations: After applying all the data we’ve gathered on prospective schools combined with your unique search criteria, we narrow the field. Trust our expertise to recommend schools that best reflect your family’s interests. Because it’s important to feel that you can make a fair comparison of schools, ASC typically aims to present three to five candidates for your consideration.
School Contact and Tours: ASC makes arrangements with the individual schools you’ve selected and accompanies you on your campus visits. Please allow about an hour-and-a-half for each school tour, which includes travel time between schools and a follow-up review with ASC at its conclusion.
Final Review and School Selection: This is what we’ve all been working toward. While All Schools Considered guides you in discovering the best fit for your child and family, the final school selection is yours.*
School Enrollment and/or Placement: Included in your comprehensive search program, ASC gives you a detailed explanation of the various steps required to enroll or secure school placement for your child.
- Optional Assisted Enrollment and/or Placement: For an additional fee, ASC offers counsel and sits down with you as you fill out the application paperwork necessary to complete your child’s enrollment process.
School Financial Aid: If financial assistance is required for your child to attend the chosen school, we inform you of your options and direct you to sources relevant to your expressed interest.
- Optional Assisted Financial Aid: For an additional fee, ASC walks you through the process required to complete your application for financial aid.
Follow-Up Survey: All Schools Considered endeavors to provide our families excellent service from start to finish. You will receive a brief survey within one week after the completion of your school search process – your valuable feedback and suggestions help ASC continually improve the quality of our offerings.
Phone Check-Ins: As a complimentary service, we touch base with you by phone to monitor your child’s progress after starting at the new school, at the mid-year milestone, and again in the late spring. ASC conducts an additional check-in within the year prior to when a student would be transitioning to the next school level (preschool to kindergarten; kindergarten to elementary; elementary to middle school; middle to high school; or high school to post-secondary education).
*All Schools Considered cannot guarantee the availability of school openings or your child’s placement. Any placement offer is an express agreement between the school, the student and the student’s family.