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 educational program.



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.
Educational Consultant 

Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm


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