At New York City Education Consulting we help parents of students preschool through 12th grade navigate the increasingly complex and stressful process of choosing and enrolling in New York City’s various public and private schools.
“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge, but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create people who are capable of doing new things.” ~ Jean Piaget
As parents of several school age children, we have first hand experience with the time involved and numerous hurdles that exist when applying to schools in New York City. Regardless of the level of assistance you need, we’re here to help ensure your experience is a smooth, efficient, and pleasant one.
Finding the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for their future. We understand that you may have a unique set of priorities and we’re here to help you identify and apply to the school that’s just right for your student and your family.
Colleen was incredibly helpful in guiding us through the preschool application process. She knew far more about each program than I could have imagined and let us ask so many questions. Colleen’s approach is sensitive to the perceived needs of the child but also pragmatic. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking to navigate what is an unusual, complex, and opaque process.”
~ A. G., mom to preschooler
Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed: each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies.
A parochial education is offered institutionally by a religious group. In the United States, parochial education refers to the schooling obtained in elementary and secondary schools that are maintained by Roman Catholic parishes, Protestant churches, or Jewish organizations; that are separate from the public school systems, and that provide instruction based on sectarian principles. (https://www.britannica.com/topic/parochial-education)
A school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. Visit: www.nais.org
The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) is a voluntary association of 196 independent nursery, elementary, and secondary schools enrolling over 83,000 students. It is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools and the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools. Founded in 1947, the Association is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Visit: www.nysais.org
The New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the U.S., serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. New York City schools serve students in grades Pre-K through 12. (www.schools.nyc.gov)