How many schools/colleges should our child apply to? If you are applying to private high schools in the Bay Area, we recommend submitting applications to at least six high schools. If your son/daughter is applying to colleges and universities, the average number of submissions is around 13 schools. Why so many? The ability to apply to schools and colleges online has been a game-changer in the admissions industry. Because it’s possible to apply to multiple high schools or colleges simultaneously through central clearing houses online, this has boosted the total number of applications across both educational market segments and cause “acceptance rates” to become national news stories. So - it’s a numbers game as much as a qualitative project in most cases. What is the cost of applying to schools? Both high schools and colleges typically charge families between $75-100 per application to cover administrative fees. How much time does it take you to make recommendations? We work with each family and student on a customized, case-by-case basis to determine the best possible approach and desired outcome for each individual situation. We therefore do not have a “set” amount of time allotted for each relationship. Where do you hold your consultations? We typically meet you in your home for initial consultations - especially as we are getting to know your family and your child. Depending on logistics, subsequent meetings can be conducted in a variety of ways: Skype, phone, email, or even at local libraries and public spaces. Generally speaking, the older the child, the greater the flexibility. What happens if things don’t work out as planned? If at any time we feel we do not have the right expertise or knowledge to help your family, we will work to find the right consultant or expert to assist you in your needs. This is why our initial intake consultation is so important. We commonly refer families to other Bay Area professionals including psychologists, medical professionals, and highly skilled professional tutoring resources. Can you guarantee my child a place at his/her top-choice school? No. There are no guarantees in the admissions field. However, we do promise to work as hard as we possibly can to maximize the chances of your child receiving appropriate offers.