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The Spence School  

22 East 91 St - New York, NY 10128 USA
telephone: 212-289-5940



Need help finding a school? Consider an AQ Educational Consultant!

AQ Educational Consultants, Marylou Marcus and Tom O’Dell draw on their 65+ years of combined independent school experience—providing outstanding expertise and perspective in helping families find the best school for each student.

Tom and Marylou assist with all phases of student assessment and school planning beginning with three primary steps.

  1. Honest assessment of the student's current educational position and history
  2. Helping students and their families navigate the current educational world and choices
  3. Research and recommendation of the best possible academic, extracurricular and social setting for your child

Each student and school are unique. Marylou and Tom work to recommend the best possible combination of the two.

School Experience

Dublin School
Dublin, NH
Director of Admission

Applewild School
Fitchburg, MA
Assistant Director of Admissions, Athletic Director, Teacher

Lamplighter School
Dallas, TX


  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB)
  • Small Boarding School Association (SBSA), Board Member, past President

School Experience

Hillside School
Marlborough, MA
Director of Admissions

Greenwood School
Putney, VT

Marvelwood School

Kent, CT
Director of Admissions

The Glenholme School

Washington, CT
Teacher, Social Worker and Administrator


  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Small Boarding Schools Association (SBSA), Vice President, past President

Visit or use the form below to learn how Marylou and Tom can support your school search.