Testimonials and School Placement Results

Lisa is a true professional with passion and we are so grateful for all of her invaluable guidance and hard work through this exhausting process.

From the start, She REALLY took the time to get to know our family and most importantly spend time getting to know our son. Lisa did her own assessment, understood our son's needs and our desires, and helped us find the schools that are best fit for us. She was always accessible and promptly answered every question despite the time difference (We're located in Tokyo) and helped allay our fears and keep us focussed. She brought years of knowledge and experience to the table, guided us with confidence, and she was always a strong advocate for our family. Last but not least, she is such a caring and encouraging person to work with! Her warm personality made this overwhelming process a whole lot less stressful. Working with her was the best decision we ever made through this process and we cannot recommend her highly enough! 


Mari and Kenji, Parents of a PK student - Tokyo

Lisa is awesome.  She helped us navigate the entire process of applying to a private high school for our daughter.  From the selection of which schools to submit applications, the open house process, the drafting of the applications, to the interviews, Lisa was there every step of the way providing her insight and advice.  The entire process can be tedious and stressful, but Lisa is always there with encouraging words and support.  In addition, Lisa’s knowledge of the process is invaluable.  She knows the ins and outs of the top schools in the city and has  connections with the admissions departments at many of these schools.    With Lisa’s help, our daughter is now enrolled at one of her top choices for high school.  Thank you Lisa!

-J and D, Parents of an 8th grader -Los Angeles

Lisa was absolutely instrumental in helping us navigate the private school world in LA. We relocated from the east coast very late into the application process, and had absolutely no idea where to start. Lisa helped us every step of the way, and from start to finish she provided valuable insight and insider knowledge about each school. We literally couldn’t have done this without her!

-N and E, Parents of a Middle School Student - NY

Lisa anticipates your needs, is extremely responsive and adheres to the highest standard of integrity. Within 4 weeks of calling Lisa, our son was attending the school of his (and our) dreams and we will be calling her in a few years’ time in order to help us with the application process for high schools. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the school systems in Los Angeles and we absolutely believe that anybody who is intent on getting the best possible education for their kids should get Lisa on their team. We couldn’t be happier with the service she provided.

-Parents of a Middle School student - Los Angeles

Lisa helped us separate myth from reality and eliminated the paranoia that comes with the process. She was able to answer questions big and small -- why did they get a thank you email but not us? what really matters in the interview? -- and kept us  focused. The year prior to meeting Lisa, we were waitlisted from our first choice school, which had a process we perceived to be mysterious. Thanks to Lisa's help, we were able to re-apply to this school and were accepted during an off year. With Lisa's guidance, we were also accepted at another elite school, with very limited spots, which we chose to attend. We enjoyed every step of the process with Lisa and consider her to be family.

-K and J , Parents of an Elementary Student - Los Angeles

We are so glad that we decided to work with Lisa for our daughter’s kindergarten application. Lisa got a great understanding of our daughter’s learning needs from her in-person assessment and was able to provide spot-on recommendations for our school selection. We were accepted to the schools that fit our educational philosophy and lifestyle. Our daughter is now a thriving kindergartener. 

Moreover, we relocated overseas for six months during our application process, and Lisa was very flexible and accommodating regarding our Skype conferences. Her guidance definitely made our application process smooth and easy.

-Parents of a Kindergartner- Venice, CA

Lisa Marfisi is a woman of extraordinary competence, patience, and care when it comes to school placement.  Lisa’s devotion to her clients and their needs knows no bounds.  As parents, we went from not being thrilled with any of the educational options for our child to enrolling him in our dream school!  Lisa was essential to this success. She listened carefully to our and our child’s needs, tailored our search process accordingly and ultimately helped us find the perfect school. Through this entire process, Lisa calmly, carefully and supportively walked us through every step.  Not to mention, Lisa is an enthusiastic, warm and positive person! I found working with Lisa rewarding and we are so happy about our child’s school! Any family would be lucky to work with Lisa! I cannot recommend Lisa more

-Parent of a Kindergarten student   -   Los Feliz

We have been living abroad and will be returning to Los Angeles.  Our daughter is in middle school and we have decided to look into  Private schools . This is a very challenging process in Los Angeles. Without Lisa's guidance, this would have been impossible!

Lisa met with us during a visit and put us on track. She made sure the process would be smooth . And truthfully , it was enjoyable . 

Our daughter went into her interviews with confidence . This in itself was a gift. Lisa loves her work and our daughter felt this .                     And therefore, great results! 

Thank you Lisa!!

-Parent relocating to LA from Israel

After my family was relocated to the LA area from Northern California, we didn't know where to start with finding schools for my elementary and middle school aged kids. We were introduced to Lisa and she worked with us throughout the process. She helped us select schools, guided us through the application process, arranged visits with schools, and also helped prepare our kids for school interviews. Her help and knowledge were invaluable, and I would highly recommend her services.

-Parent of a 4th grader and 6th grader relocating to LA from Northern CA

I thought I could navigate the middle school selection process myself, but once I started touring schools, I called on Lisa for help.  Not only did she listen carefully to what was important for our family, but she suggested options that I hadn't known to consider.   Of course, I called her again when interviews came around.  My son had no experience with interviewing but after an hour with Lisa, he went from rookie to pro.  Most important, practicing with Lisa gave him tremendous confidence walking into those rooms. Because he felt ready for any questions that might come his way, he could relax, be himself, and let his personality shine through.  I'm so glad we had Lisa's help in this sometimes overwhelming process!  Her experience, wisdom, and knowledge were crucial but her encouragement and enthusiasm were priceless.


-Parent of a 5th grader– Los Angeles

Dear Lisa,

I had my interview today. It went great according to my parents. You helped me prepare for this moment so much, and you really helped me do an awesome job. Before the interview, I went over some of the things you told me to do, like have a question in mind and being able to just talk normally and be cool and have a normal conversation. Your advice helped me do this interview and I just wanted to say thanks. :) just practicing the questions helped me go from from a 2 all the way to a 10! Thanks a million. :)


- Student Applicant, Los Angeles

I highly recommend working with Lisa Marfisi if your child is applying to private school. After attending public school from K-8, we decided to make the switch to a private high school for my son. We weren’t familiar with the admissions process, and Lisa provided us with invaluable information so he would a viewed as a strong candidate at very competitive schools.


- 8th grade parent  -  Manhattan Beach

School Acceptances
  • Archer

  • Brentwood

  • Buckley

  • Campbell Hall 

  • Carlthorp

  • CEE

  • Chadwick 

  • Chaminade

  • Clairbourn

  • Crossroads

  • Curtis

  • deToledo

  • Echo Horizon

  • Flintridge

  • Geffen Academy

  • Harvard Westlake

  • Laurence

  • Los Encinos

  • Marlborough

  • Marymount

  • Mayfield Junior

  • Milken

  • Mirman

  • New Roads

  • Notre Dame

  • Oaks Christian

  • Oakwood

  • Pilgrim

  • Providence

  • PS #1

  • St. Martin of Tours

  • St. Matthew's

  • St. Monica

  • St. Patrick's

  • Seven Arrows

  • Sierra Canyon

  • Temple Israel of Hollywood

  • Turning Point

  • Viewpoint

  • Village

  • Waverly

  • Westland

  • Westmark

  • Westridge

  • Westside Neighborhood

  • Wildwood

  • Willows