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We understand that choosing your child’s educational setting is a decision full of stress and complexity. Early childhood - and early adolescence - are critical developmental times in the life of every child. A child’s first school setting can impact how they view school, education, and themselves as learners for the rest of their lives. A child's middle school can support a student's individual growth, sense of self, independence, and prepare them for the complex landscape of high school.

Our mission is not only to support, educate, and connect your family with East Bay Area schools* that match your individual values and needs, but to empower families in feeling knowledgeable in their educational choices. We strive to support all families in finding a “best fit” to promote your child’s immediate success within their educational setting and do our best to bring you a little piece of mind at the same time.

Educational consulting isn't for every family—but our first meeting together is free, so please contact us if we can be of any help to you in your search.

*(We focus on serving families looking for Preschool - Middle School settings in Oakland, Berkeley, WCCUSD, San Leandro, and other neighboring districts.) 


Helpful Hints and Links

  • Looking for a Preschool? Looking for a preschool can be truly like finding a needle in a haystack in the Bay Area! There are so many preschools…and they are all different. Different philosophies, different levels of quality…so much to sort through to find one that will work for your little one. Need a little help? We are happy to help you sift through databases, make phone calls, and tour schools to support you in your search. Let us know we can help in any way!
    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 8:09 PM by Theresa Lozac'h
  • School-Based Observations Available! One service I love to provide to families is the opportunity to see your child in school from different point of view. School-based observations are a great way of getting an objective and experienced opinion on your child's strengths and your child's needs in a school setting. I have gone to observe preschoolers that families are concerned with readiness for Kindergarten; I have gone to look at a child's behavior at school and what supports we could provide to make them more successful in that setting; I have gone to examine social dynamics of a classroom and make recommendations about how to support a child in managing a tricky social environment. There are many reasons that ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 11:21 AM by Theresa Lozac'h
  • Happy New Year! I wish you all good luck in finding the best fit school setting for your child this year! Please let me know how I can be of help this time of year - with application editing, decision making, or more specialized support - I am happy to work with you and your family!
    Posted Jan 2, 2014, 11:31 AM by Theresa Lozac'h
  • Choosing a Middle School - The Video! Hello to all - and so sorry I haven't posted in such a long time. I have been very busy this season helping families and speaking at a variety of schools in the East Bay - which has been a wonderful experience.One of the schools I presented at - Mills College Children's School, a PreK-5 school on the Mills campus - took a video of me giving a presentation to their fifth grade families about middle school selection. It was a surprise to be video taped (I would have pick a different outfit or went to get my hair cut if I had known), but I think the content could be really helpful to families looking for a middle school ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2013, 9:51 PM by Theresa Lozac'h
  • School Selection Seminar - Part 2! So excited! I have been invited to do another school selection workshop for families this admissions season - working in partnership this time with St. Paul's, a K-8 independent school in the heart of Oakland. This seminar is also FREE to families (you have to love free!) and two hours long so we can really dig into the work *how* to look for a school. Here are the details: Saturday, November 2nd9-11 a.m.St. Paul's School, lower school library116 Montecito Avenue, Oakland (near the Lake Merritt Whole Foods)RSVP to Vicky Chen at or 510-285-9617.We would love to see you there!
    Posted Oct 23, 2013, 11:50 AM by Theresa Lozac'h
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Beyond Quality was founded in 2011 by Theresa Lozac’h, M.A., an experienced educator with over 15 years in the field of education.

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Trained and certified in early childhood education, special education, and K-5 elementary education, Theresa has worked in a variety of educational settings including public schools, private schools, charter schools, and special education settings. (Click here for her full resume or here for her LinkedIn profile). 

After choosing a school for her own child and watching friends and colleagues struggle in their own searches, she became passionate about using her expertise and first-hand knowledge of East Bay schools to support families through a confusing and often heart-wrenching decision-making process.