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A New Private School Consultant Enters the (Lucrative) Field

School Choice Group, a school placement company that works with Fortune 100 companies like Starbucks and UBS to find private schools for families when they relocate abroad, is expanding its business to work with individual clients.

Its new division — called School Search Solutions — joins the growing, and controversial, ranks of admission consultants who work with families to navigate the opaque and often intimidating private school… more

SchoolBook, The New York Times, March, 2012

School Admissions? Even the Experts Are Overwhelmed

It is by now documented fact that winning admission to a New York City private school, or getting into one of the city’s public gifted-and-talented programs, or even securing a spot at a popular neighborhood public school, is no fun.

It takes time, epic organizational skills and a load of cash if you choose to prepare your children for whatever battery of tests they will have to face… more

SchoolBook, The New York Times, February, 2012

Touring a School? Look Beyond the Superficial

If you are shopping around for a school for your child, you may be looking back on the open houses you’ve attended or ahead to coming school visits. Either way, a little expert advice might help you process the experience.

Here are some tips from Liz Perelstein, who runs School Choice International, which consults with parents on school placement… more 

SchoolBook, The New York Times, January, 2012

Private school rejection? Don’t panic yet.

I write mostly about public schools, but private schools have their own methods and rituals that affect many families. At this time of year, for instance, parents looking for a good private school often find themselves in trouble.

They have applied to a school they had their heart set on. They have been rejected. Actually, it is their child who has been turned down, but you know…  more

The Washington Post

When Your Child Is Not Thriving In School

By Elizabeth Perelstein, President of School Choice International

Consider your happy and well-adjusted child who becomes sullen, stops sleeping and eating well, and does not want to go to school. When you ask her what is wrong, she bursts into tears.

There may be multiple explanations for a sudden behavioral change like this one. A child may be struggling with social issues on the playground. To a child a loss—of a pet, a nanny, or an older sibling going off to boarding school—can trigger a behavioral change, but may not be recognizable as a source to you. Academic factors can cause a behavioral change, whether it’s a learning disability that has not yet been diagnosed… more 

New York Family, January, 2012

New York City Public Schools

New York parents, like parents in any major conurbation, take their children’s education very seriously and with the city’s changing demographics, getting into all levels of education has become increasingly competitive. For new parents or newcomers to the Big Apple, the investment in private education reaches much farther than a dollar amount. Researching, applying to, and competing for space at New York City private schools can seem an overwhelming process unless you’re well informed and well prepared.

It is ideal to apply to schools along the regular admissions cycle… more

by Liz Perelstein and Angela Peng, School Choice International

Pitfalls of picking an elementary school 

When it comes to deciding on a school for your child, the more choices you have, the better, right?

Sure, except that having more choices makes the school-choosing process all the more difficult as you struggle to answer questions like: Where will my child be happiest for the next few years? Is the popular public school near our house or the private school with the stellar scores a better bet? Is this school really as great as it seems?

To help parents avoid common pitfalls when choosing a school, we checked in with Liz Perelstein, president of School Choice International. Perelstein… more

GreatSchool, August, 2012


Do children need to know they’re gifted?

“There’s gifted and there’s gifted,” says Liz Perelstein, founder and president of School Choice International, a consulting service that helps families find appropriate schools for their gifted children.

Children who score well on a standardized test, therefore gaining entry into an accelerated program at school … more

Chicago Tribune, May, 2011

If Your Child is Not Thriving in School

If you are a parent, you must be reading this for a reason.   It can be a great concern to a family if a child who has been functioning well suddenly begins to struggle in school, whether the problem is large or small.  You, the parent, may have observed a problem with your child – perhaps a behavioral change.  Or the school may have noticed the issue.  In some cases, your child may bring the issue to your attention.  A problem can occur at any age and may manifest in a variety of ways.

For example, your normally gregarious child becomes quiet, isn’t sleeping well, eating well, and does not want to go to school. When you ask her what is wrong, she bursts into tears and snaps, “nothing”… more

by Jill Kristal, PhD and Liz Perelstein, School Choice International


New York City Nursery  Schools

The day after Labor Day.  For New Yorkers with pre-school aged children, it is a day that has been dreaded for the entire summer.  It is the start of an arduous and 9 month long process of getting their children into their chosen NYC nursery school. Most applications are available between the Tuesday until the Thursday after Labor Day. But there are schools, and their scarcity deems these the most desirable, that run out of applications within a day, some even by noon on the day after Labor Day.  Some parents spend the dreaded day hitting redial on their phones, receiving busy signals on the other end for hours.  Getting through may get them an application, but in some cases getting through to a person only means getting a chance at an application that is distributed by lottery. It is quite a competitive sport to win a spot for your child in a good nursery inNew York… more

By Elizabeth Perelstein and Angela Peng

Lessons from abroad: plan better and delve deeper

For educators, the results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study were the equivalent of the shot heard ’round the world. While for some countries – particularly top-scoring Singapore, Korea, and Japan – the test results released in 1997 were an affirmation. To the US, the scores were an alarming reminder that much was wrong.

And yet TIMSS didn’t tell those monitoring math instruction in the US anything they didn’t already know. The previous two rounds of international testing (done in the 1960s and the 1980s) also showed US math achievement to be in… more

The Christian Science Monitor


Gifted, and different

Karen Holloman was raising three boys, and her youngest, Rob, was proving to be different.

“He spent a lot of time in the headmaster’s office,” she recalls. “In nursery school, his teachers stopped me one day and said, ‘We have a new rule. When Rob comes into the classroom, he has to be Rob. He can’t be anyone else.’”

He was called disruptive and difficult and lots of other words for “doesn’t fit in” until, finally, in second grade, his teacher suggested having his IQ tested. He scored 164. (A score of 131 to 145 is generally considered highly gifted… more

Chicago Tribunes, October, 2011


By: School Search Solutions
Date: 08.29.12