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Private School Admission Consultants

Our private day school and boarding school admission consultants have admissions committee experience at the top private day and boarding schools in the country, and have read countless applications. They advise applicants on interviews, helpful extracurricular activities and overall admissions applications. 

Victor C. Young

Former Assistant and Associate Director of Admissions 

St. Paul’s School

Former Administrator

Phillips Academy Andover


Although formally educated as a mechanical engineer and physicist, Vic spent a decade of his professional life as an admissions officer at St. Paul's School and an administrator at Phillips Academy Andover. Having lived on campus, run a dorm, and coached varsity sports, Vic has a sincere appreciation for the unique opportunities an independent school education provides all students. Almost 30 years ago he was the principal planner and a founding trustee of St. Philips Academy, a hugely successful independent day school serving children in Newark NJ. It has since become the much heralded, multi-campus Philips Academy Charter School.

Vic recently stepped down after nine years as a trustee for St. Paul’s School. He has also served as a trustee of Western Reserve Academy, the Canton
Country Day School, and St. Philips Academy. A graduate of St. Paul’s School, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, Vic currently splits his time between NE Ohio and the SF Bay Area. He is married with two adult children.

Carl Lovejoy

Former Director of Admissions at Tabor Academy.

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

St. Paul's School


A graduate of St. Paul’s School and Colby College, Carl Lovejoy has over 30 years of admissions and fundraising experience at independent boarding schools such as St. Paul’s School, Tabor Academy, Cardigan Mountain School and Kimball Union Academy.  He currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Mountain Valley Treatment Center in Pike, New Hampshire, a not-for-profit residential program for adolescents suffering from anxiety and related disorders. 


Currently a trustee of The Oliverian School and the Independent Educational Consultants Association Foundation, Carl is a former member of the Secondary School Admissions Test Board’s Nominating Committee, the Independent School Association of Northern New England’s Admissions Committee, the Junior Boarding School Association’s Steering Committee, and is a former advisor to National Association of Independent Schools’ Admissions Committee. Carl and his wife, Cari – also a veteran independent school educator, live in Orford, NH. 



Ian Rios

Former Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Assistant at Horace Mann


Ian graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. Additionally, he holds an MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University and is continuing his education by pursuing an MA in Organizational Psychology.

Ian spent 4 years working in middle and high school school admissions at Horace Mann in Riverdale, New York.  Throughout the course of his work at Horace Mann, Ian was responsible for personally interviewing hundreds of applicants from multiple geographic and educational backgrounds. This included assessing essays, generating applicant summary reports, and cultivating admissions cohorts based on best fit. Additionally, Ian managed and grew the Student Ambassador Program at Horace Mann and is very familiar with admissions recruitment mindset and goals for events both on and off campus. Finally, as both a former Ultimate Frisbee Coach and Student Diversity Club Advisor, Ian loves working with passionate students to bring out their best in any scholastic setting.


Michelle Taffe

Former Admission Committee Member, Boarding Admissions, Woodside Priory School

Former Admission Committee Member, St. Paul’s School

Former Assistant Director of Admission, Cate School


Michelle spent over 25 years working in various capacities in boarding schools on both the East and West Coasts.  She spent many years as a French teacher at Cate School in Carpinteria, CA and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.  She has most recently served as Associate Dean of Students at St. Paul’s School and Dean of Residential Life at Woodside Priory School, in Portola Valley, CA.  As a teacher, dorm parent, coach, and administrator, Michelle has experienced all aspects of life at boarding school and believes strongly that a boarding experience can help students grow intellectually and emotionally and can help students reach their full potential.  Finding the right fit for each student is essential in the application process. 


A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College, Michelle resides in New Hampshire with her family.

Kate Essex

Former Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Sidwell Friends School


Kate Essex is especially well positioned to assist families considering independent school education, as she brings experience from both the placement and admissions side of the process. She previously held the role of High School Placement Counselor for one of the highest performing middle schools in Washington, DC, assisting students and parents with the search, application and decision process for both local independent schools and national boarding programs. Kate then went on to serve three years as Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Sidwell Friends School, where she managed the admissions process for the Middle and Upper School. This role included interviewing candidates, serving as primary point of contact for parents throughout the process, and supervising committee meetings and admissions decisions for approximately 600 applicants annually. 


Kate holds a Masters in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. She has lived in the DC area since 2000, and in her current professional capacity she works to improve the effectiveness of charter school governance. 


Cheryl Scott-Mouzon

Former Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting, Horace Mann School

Former Director of Admissions, Green Acres School

Former Educational Adviser, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Former Admissions Counselor / Director of Multicultural Affairs, Miss Porter’s School

Senior Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, The George Washington University, College of Professional Studies

Cheryl graduated from Adelphi University with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Arts, Theatre and Drama with a minor in Psychology.  Since college, Cheryl has remained an educator and adviser with now over 30 years of experience within the field; more than 16 years working directly in outreach, 18 years in admissions and selection.  She has also spent years as a radio and television announcer as well as doing voiceover work for educational videos for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


Throughout her career, Cheryl has read, reviewed and rendered decisions on over 6,500 applications between her years at independent schools, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and serving on the review committee for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship.  She is currently Senior Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist for The George Washington University College of Professional Studies.


Harriette Brainard

Former Admissions Counselor, Tulane University Admissions

Former Admissions Counselor, The Lawrenceville School


Harriette Brainard received her BA in History from Middlebury College. Her background has been in admissions, education, coaching, business development, environmental awareness and journalism. Harriette was an admissions counselor for Tulane University in New Orleans following college, worked in Business Administration for the University of Pennsylvania, before becoming an admissions counselor, teacher and coach at the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, NJ.


She has also done prospect interviews for Middlebury College, and coaching field hockey and lacrosse at the middle school and high school level.


Harriette also presents nationally as a founding board member of a non-profit. She is developing a website with a fellow journalist which focuses on relaying information through compelling narratives and stories. Her local work is focused on young leadership, helping young people figure out their interests and building strategies and relationships across different networks. Her commitment is to helping students figure out the best schools and colleges for each individual to further their interests and abilities.