“Agnes has a legendary reputation for preparing students for boarding school. This reputation is well-deserved and I could not be happier with what she has provided my daughter in terms of tutoring, test preparation and mentoring. She came highly recommended and from day one I knew my daughter was in good hands. Agnes delivered big time: awesome SSAT test scores (96 percentile), improved grades and ultimately acceptances by top US schools (Lawrenceville, Deerfield, Cate). As pleased as I am with the results, Agnes’s methodology and process are the true benefits of working with her. My daughter’s approach to test taking and critical thinking improved. Her discipline and stamina increased and her overall study habits sharpened when I wasn’t sure they could be. Also, a mediocre math student was elevated to one who will take honors next year. Most importantly, Agnes’s own educational and professional backgrounds make her an invaluable mentor. Agnes undoubtedly expects her students to work very hard but she instills the confidence that success will come as a result. My daughter adores Agnes and my son is now working with her. I highly recommend her.”

Parent of HKIS, Grade 8 now attending Deerfield


The process of applying to US boarding schools is complicated and stressful, thankfully TOC was able to make it as smooth and effective as possible. My daughter firstly approached Agnes with an average school grade and ordinary portfolio.

TOC does not just offer standard counselling service, but they also adjust the plan to fit each and every individual’s character. They helped Kathy to identify her strength and interest in community service, encouraged her to develop them into solid and sound extracurricular activities...which made her to be the applicant that stands out. Agnes also helped her to set her SSAT target scores, taught her exam skill and techniques, and motivated her to focus on doing her best.…In the end, Kathy got accepted into her top choice which is Blair Academy. It was an excellent experience to work with you. Thank you so much!

Parent of SIS, Grade 8 now attending Blair


 “When our daughter began to study for the SSAT, the process of how to tackle it was a bit overwhelming for her. With multiple sections in each discipline and her preliminary scores not in the range needed for acceptance into the caliber of school she wanted to attend we decided to seek out a tutor. Our child met with Agnes after a friend of our family had recommended her to us. They had a great first meeting and we agreed to sign up for a series of private sessions. For us, the private sessions worked best because it allowed for more flexiblity in her schedule.
She is an incredibly disciplined teacher who motivates a child to push him/herself to get to the next level. She is passionate about helping her students and tailors her lesson according to their needs. She helped raise our child’s scores dramatically and gain entrance to a top level U.S. boarding school - our child’s first choice [Cate]! Agnes’s tuition, knowledge of the exam and insight into the boarding school application process helped us tremendously. If your child is willing to work, Agnes is the one who can help!”

Parent of HKIS, Grade 8 now attending Cate

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Track Record

    Berkshire, Blair, Cate School, Choate, Concord Academy, Deerfield, Episcopal, Gunnery, Groton, Hill, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Loomis Chaffee, Middlesex, Milton Academy, Miss Hall's, Miss Porter's, Peddie School, Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Pomfret, Putney School, Rumsey Hall, St. Paul's, St. Timothy's, Tabor Academy, Taft, Thacher, Williston Northampton

  • 100%
  • Success rate in school placement
  • 100+
  • Students we have placed
  • 25+
  • Combined years of experience