Families choose private day and boarding
schools for many reasons. Perhaps they attended these schools, or their public school does not have programs that
meet the needs or interests of their child. My family has a tradition of attending private day and traditional boarding
schools, and I can share my experiences and insights with you.
The Houston Area Independent Schools
Association is a large group of schools which provides information about their member schools. The HAIS
hosts an annual Private School Preview on a Sunday in September so parents and students may meet the admissions staff and administrators and pick up materials on
schools. The HAIS website provides facts about member school and links to their websites. Many traditional boarding schools are also represented at the Private School Preview.
Most of these schools require entrance tests such as the WPPSI, WISC, ISEE, HSPT and OLSAT. Mrs. Means can
discuss these and other tests with parents.
Houston has a newly formed Coalition of Special Schools
whose members serve a range of children and adults with neurologically-based learning differences and/or physical disabilities.
I have visited the school member programs among this group and confidently placed children in these excellent schools. I have
also worked with families when their children are ready to leave one of these schools and take the next step to a mainstream
I have visited over 120 Greater
Houston area private day schools at least once; many of them four or more times. I have visited boarding
school campuses in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. I
have also met with numerous admission directors and representatives from schools all over the nation at conferences in
Boston, Baltimore, Houston and Charlotte, N.C. My IECA membership provides a large network of experienced
consultants with whom I share information about schools in order to get the right fit for my clients.
Contact me to see if I can help your family.
Carolyn Means, M.Ed.