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“Finding the right school for our son has brought peace of mind to our whole family.  Our son loves going to school and is excited to share what he’s learning with us!  Thank you!”  — B. B., parent

School Placement Services

How School Placement Counseling Works

While you understand your child better than anyone, when it comes to school choice and placement, you want a seasoned school advisor who knows school programs that are a good fit for your child and can guide you through the admissions process.  As a parent of a school-aged child, MAIA’s Director, Sharon Thomas, knows we have a big responsibility to ensure that our children are thriving at school.

Sharon’s passion for school placement counseling stems from the appreciation she has as a parent and professional of how schools, specifically faculty and administrators, can have a positive and long-lasting impact on a child’s life.  Through numerous yearly school visits, outreach to admissions officers and collaboration with school faculty and administrators on understanding students’ learning profiles, we at MAIA know how and where your child is most likely to get the experience you wish for them.

We offer personalized school placement for students entering early childhood programs through high school, and focus on identifying those schools that will be the best fit for your child.  With our extensive background and placement expertise, we help you plan for your child’s future.

Our knowledge  and experience with the admissions  process will provide you with the guidance you need to select the ideal placement for your child.

We have placed our students in:

• Traditional and Progressive Private Schools

• Gifted and Talented Public Schools

• Mainstream Boarding Schools

• Special Education (day and boarding programs)

• Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Please contact us today to discuss how we can help you with school placement, test prep,  and other educational services.


  • Initial Consultation  >>

    Meet with our Director to discuss your child's academic, social, and emotional profile.

  • Student Assessment  >>

    This process may include an interview with your child, an informal academic assessment if more information is needed, a review of current school progress reports, and a review of any previous evaluations, if available.

  • Test Preparation for School Entrance Exams >>

    Students who apply for middle and high school programs are prepared in advance of the exam with individual sessions that are specifically designed for them.  We prepare students for the following:


    • SHSAT

    • G&T Placement Exam

  • Recommended School List >>

    Based on the information you provide and your child's assessment, a list of appropriate schools will be provided, along with detailed information about each program to help you make the right selection.

  • Support with Applications >>

    We are here to help with any aspect of the application process.

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