Competitive Advantage offers students sessions that improve study habits, prepares them for standardized tests, and teaches organization skills; guaranteeing scholars are ready for their challenging academic year. Contact us for an initial consultation and see how your child can gain a competitive advantage.
Competitive Advantage creates customized programs for individual student needs. We help our students increase their test scores, gain admission to schools, and enhance their understanding of academic subjects. We pride ourselves on helping to build skills that will serve our students in countless facets of their lives.
Competitive Advantage is passionate about motivating students to reach their personal and academic goals. Our team of Educators is devoted to assisting students from elementary through high school, specializing in academic subject support, standardized test preparation, and applications. Our students gain a competitive edge through our one-on-one assistance. By working on an individual level, we customize a strategic blueprint and course of action to improve grades, stay motivated, and gain admissions into top ranking schools. Our effective and motivational sessions allow students to master skills that were once a challenge.
We recognize that being in a comfortable environment increases a student’s ability to learn. Therefore, we are proud to offer in-home sessions. If a student needs help outside of their sessions, we are always available around-the-clock. We are here to answer any questions and offer support by phone, email, or Skype at any time.
When students begin working with Competitive Advantage they gain the knowledge to succeed. They also acquire a better understanding of their passions, values, strengths, and areas of improvement.
From previous experience, allotting an extra 15 minutes to the average hour-long session enhances a student’s academic performance. This is why we allow 60-75 minutes to complete our sessions. Our students are more likely to fulfill their goals with our comprehensive sessions.
Our Competitive Advantage Educators motivate students to reach their full potential and encourage them to become valuable members of their schools and communities. Most importantly, Competitive Advantage prides itself on ensuring students build upon the skills that will serve them throughout their education and in countless facets of their lives.
Competitive Advantage offers assistance in the following subject for all grade levels:
Additionally, we provide standardized test preparation for the following exams:
Founder and Director, Danielle Rayo, values the efforts of the PTA, being a former teacher herself. She appreciates the hard work and effort the PTA provides to the school community. Competitive Advantage is pleased to contribute donations through our Give Back Program, which allocates 10% of our proceeds to your school’s PTA. We firmly believe that supplementary education should complement and enhance classroom learning!
Our Give Back Program provides parents the ability to contribute to their local PTA, while providing academic assistance for their own children. Funding for PTA is needed in many NYC schools and we are proud to offer our families an opportunity to give back!
If you are a PTA member, School Staff or interested parent please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information on a package for your school or child.
The feedback from parents that have worked with Competitive Advantage has been nothing but positive! Plus, Competitive Advantage giving back to our school enables us to support the P.S. 116 curriculum with in-school programs that continue to better educate all of our students. We are happy to work with Competitive Advantage and their Give Back Program!
PTA President, P.S. 116
Founder & Director
Danielle Rayo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as Founder and Director of Competitive Advantage Tutoring. She received her degree in Education and Communication Studies, graduating magna cum laude from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, at New York University. She continued her studies at NYU, receiving her Masters of Education and dual-certification in Special Education, and graduated at the top of her class. Danielle received her New York Teaching Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. Based on her academic performance and teaching abilities, Danielle was selected by Phi Lambda Theta, (International Honors Society and Professional Association in Education) and became an honorary member. She is also a member of the NAEYC (National Association for Educating Young Children).
Danielle brings to Competitive Advantage Tutoring over eight years of experience. Her background is inclusive of nearly all age groups, spanning a wide variety of subjects. Prior to launching Competitive Advantage Tutoring, Danielle worked at three prestigious New York-based educational companies, where she gained valuable experience. Her passion for education, combined with the success of her students, inspired Danielle to launch an independent educational consulting company of her own. Nothing brings Danielle more joy than empowering her students to reach their personal and academic goals.
In her moments of spare time Danielle enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, writing, and is currently working on a book to assist students with their study skills. She is also a published poet.
Jennifer Chu brings an effective teaching approach that focuses on test mastery and content comprehension. Jennifer has been an Educator for seven years and her passion for working with students started as a mentor for young children. Jen focuses on developing strong working relationships with each child to understand the individual student’s needs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from New York University, Stern School of Business in Finance and Marketing, and has been working with students since graduating. She was awarded the Stern Scholarship for students with a history of academic excellence.
Jennifer started tutoring in college and because she found it so rewarding she decided that it would be her focus after graduating. She joined Competitive Advantage, as she wanted to be part of a team that is truly passionate about empowering students with lifelong skills and knowledge. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students reach their full potential with a disciplined and encouraging approach. Some of her favorite subjects to teach include Algebra, Geometry, and Biology.
Outside of working with students, Jennifer also enjoys cycling and touring, running, traveling and cooking. She is a member of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).
Hadley Franklin graduated from with a Bachelor of Arts and is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. She has many years of experience tutoring elementary and middle school students in high need areas, and has taught undergraduate writing at NYU. She believes in achievement through individualized student experience, and in addition to a strong focus on New York standardized assessments, aims to instill in her students curiosity about the world and a love of learning. Hadley brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her teaching, as well as an extensive literary background. She feels greatly rewarded by her students' progress and success.
In her spare time, Hadley enjoys cooking, traveling, and writing and reading fiction. She hopes to publish a novel in the future
Matt brings fourteen years of teaching experience and a great deal of passion and patience for educating students. He obtained a B.S. in Elementary and Middle School Education (with a concentration in Social Studies and Science). Additionally, he earned a M.S. in School Building Leadership. Matt specializes in simplifying complex concepts for his students and loves preparing them for high stakes New York State assessments. He takes great pride in understanding the Common Core Learning Standards and aligned exams. In 2011, he won Education Update’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award,” and he is currently a finalist in the second round of the New York City Department of Education’s “Big Apple Teaching Award.”
In his spare time, Matt enjoys traveling, visiting his family back in Ohio, coaching the ballroom dance team at his elementary school, listening to sports talk radio, watching sports on TV, and going to sporting events. Matt is a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.
Lauren brings a high level of patience, creativity, and organization to Competitive Advantage Tutoring. Lauren graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology, and pursued a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at New York University. She enjoys fostering confidence and enhancing the academic pursuits of her students. Lauren broadened her tutoring experience as a Lab Assistant and Writing Associate. She works with students in elementary math, social science, and English. Additionally, she helps students with academic course assistance, admissions testing, and study skills. Lauren also volunteers her time at community centers to assist younger children with writing activities, math, and science materials.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, and traveling.
Rebecca graduated from NYU with a Master's degree in Early Childhood General & Special Education and currently teaches at a Manhattan public school. She has experience teaching all ages but specializes in students early childhood education. Rebecca is a firm believer that students learn best in different ways, and Rebecca's success as an Educator comes from her ability to incorporate various learning styles and modify lessons based on a student's strengths.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys dancing, and she often spends her summer months teaching dance and choreographing.
Bhavya Brundavanam graduated from New York University with Master of Science in Biology. She did her under graduation in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras).She has a practical and patient approach to tutoring which draws from her own learning process and experience.She has extensive knowledge in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
For admission into the undergraduate and graduate schools she went through the pressure of competitive exams herself. She is excited to share with the students best practices which make competitive exams like SAT & GRE lot more fun and less daunting. Her teaching experience ranges from tutoring middle school students to being a Teaching Assistant for various courses in New York University and IIT Madras.
Randi Lerai Harrison is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Randi is currently completing her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College and plans to take the lessons surrounding social change and social justice into her work in education. Randi believes that learning should be intellectually and socio-emotionally liberating for students. Students should be able to learn in spaces that are nurturing, challenging, and enhancing for them. Randi sees this as one of the greatest contribution to her as an educator.
Driven by her faith, love of travel, love of trying new foods and various activities; Randi plans to bring her deep, disciplined pedagogical practices, coupled with her love of new and worthwhile experiences to her position with Competitive Advantage.
My Competitive Advantage tutor is wonderful. Not only is she intelligent, but she is friendly and has many great teaching methods. These techniques made me fully understand what I am learning and helped me focus on the mechanics of writing an essay. I am very thankful to have her as a tutor. She is really nice and understands how connecting with her students will achieve great results.
8th grade student, City and Country School
I began working with Competitive Advantage Tutoring going into my sophomore year of high school. For the remaining school year I worked with my tutor for my Algebra and Trigonometry class. My work with my tutor helped my grades and my understanding of fundamental Algebra concepts. We were able to work really well together and learn about each other’s way of teaching and learning. This ultimately made our sessions more productive. My overall score went up an entire letter grade! As the school year came to a close, Competitive Advantage Tutoring helped me transition my math sessions into SAT prep for the coming year. Although I’m not finished with my SAT work, the Competitive Advantage tutors have been wonderful as I begin the process of studying for the SATs.
I am writing to let you know that I have indeed heard from schools, in fact, I’ve heard from all of my schools. It is my pleasure to inform you that I have been accepted at Friends Seminary, LREI, Berkeley Carroll, Calhoun, and Rudolf Steiner, and I have been wait listed at Fieldston. This is great news, of course, for me, but I would like you to know I could not have done it without your help. Thank you so much!
8th grade student, City and Country
Sometimes I see commercials for tutoring companies on TV and the kids are always smiling. I used to think that was really lame because kids don’t actually smile like that when they are learning. Recently, I started working with a tutor from Competitive Advantage Tutoring and I actually do smile! My tutor balances learning and fun, and it works really well to keep me interested. She is genuinely interested in me and how I am doing at City and Country. I think that Competitive Advantage Tutoring caters to your learning style’ better than any company ever could.
8th grade student, City and Country School
My daughter Emily has been working with Danielle, from Competitive Advantage, for about six weeks and it has been an amazing experience. Emily has shown incredible growth in her math. She has confidence and knows what she is doing! We will be using her for fourth grade because it has just been amazing! She walks in the door every time with a huge smile on her face, ready to go. She calls and checks in, her emails are incredible, the support and the care that we get from her has been phenomenal. If you ever need any help for your child, I highly recommend Competitive Advantage!
My son Otto has been working with Competitive Advantage for pretty much four years now. We started with early phases of learning how to read, and get comfortable with reading, and we never wanted to give up the extra help because its helped my son so much in feeling confident, in feeling expanded in his knowledge, his different approaches, organization, in ways of thinking about the work as well as about learning the work and absorbing the work. And I can’t speak highly enough about the service. I think everybody is trained in a way that makes them personable and smart, and professional. It is a complete pleasure to actually have the tutoring experience and I recommend it.
4th grade parent, City and Country School
Danielle has tutored our son Alex through two different standardized tests. First, for high school and now for boarding school, so we have known her for several years. She was highly recommended to us by a good friend. I have to say that, number one; our son likes working with Danielle because she is a cool, nice person- which is half the battle. Also, Alex’s test scores have really improved, and of course, that is the proof right there! It has been incredibly helpful for him to be able to practice these tests with somebody who is really good at identifying where the weaknesses are. It has been really great to have her!
10th grade parent
My daughter is getting tutoring sessions with Danielle and it has been an amazing experience getting ready for her big test for the fourth grade. Danielle has been nothing but a dream; constantly making sure Georgia is prepared for her test and, actually, Georgia has been doing very well! Things are turning out great and I’m very pleased with Danielle. She is always on time, always calling and emailing, telling me what I can do to make it better for my daughter. She does everything great! I hope I can have her tutor my daughter until she graduates from high school.
My son has been working with Danielle for over six months. Its just been a very positive experience. I’ve never met anyone with more enthusiasm than Danielle. She sat down with Noah right away and got to work. He never complained, he got a lot out of the tutoring, and his score went up dramatically! He enjoyed working with Danielle. I really can’t say enough positive things about Danielle and her attitude and professionalism.
8th grade parent, City and Country School
All I can say is that Michelle has been a great impression on Grace, and its brought out her natural curiosity in learning. Really excited about that! Michelle is a Math expert and so she’s really made the Math part fun for Grace. I think she looks at her and has a really great way of breaking things down. She is always happy to see her!
4th grade parents, City and Country School
My son Quinn is nine years old, and has been working with Danielle for four to five months, preparing for the ISEE test. It has been a great experience for him. He had to learn a lot of new material and it has gone extremely smoothly! Danielle’s explanations have been great for him and saved me from arguing with him about doing his homework and extra test preparation. I would highly recommend Danielle and her company for anyone looking for a tutor!
4th grade parent
Competitive Advantage has been fantastic for my daughter! She feels very confident going into this test (Hunter Exam) that she has to take. Danielle really helped pair her with people who worked well with her and I cannot recommend them enough. Really wonderful!
6th grade parent
Our tutor has taught our son to think beyond the textbook and apply thoughtful and meaningful methods to his writing and comprehension skills. She is patient and understands how to navigate through learning roadblocks. Also, she has pride of ownership and is very focused on achieving results. I feel confident that she has given my son the necessary tools to foster a desire for learning. She has also enhanced his ability to think and process knowledge independently. She truly loves to work with students and it shows.
8th grade parent, City and Country School
My daughter just finished the 7th grade and will be applying to high schools in the fall. Our tutor from Competitive Advantage Tutoring worked with her in math once a week for the two months before the ERB this spring. Upon request, we were given two additional prep meetings for the verbal section. All of these sessions were a huge help in getting our daughter mentally prepared by providing a clear explanation of how the test sections were formatted. She went into the test with confidence and the results were great! And she enjoyed the sessions throughout! This is a child who doesn’t like homework, so the fact that she looked forward to the sessions was astonishing and a pleasure for me! The Competitive Advantage tutors are terrific. Thank you Competitive Advantage!
Competitive Advantage has been tutoring my six-year-old son in reading skills for the past six months. From the moment my son met his tutor, he was fully engaged, challenged, excited, and happy to ‘work.’ Our tutor’s approach was friendly, inspiring, and thoroughly enjoyable. She was punctual and responsible with her appointments. Additionally she reports my son’s progress with explanations of how and what she is doing. Most of all, my child is happy and excited to see her. He derives pleasure and learning from his tutorial sessions. He has been excited about his learning, and for this we are very grateful.
City and Country School
Our daughter has been working with a Competitive Advantage tutor for two months and has made great progress in her comprehension and understanding of all the age-appropriate concepts presented to her. I am always happily surprised at the understanding and knowledge she has grasped from her sessions and that she is able to effortlessly demonstrate back to me during our ‘homework’ time. From day one, our daughter’s tutor was able to get very interested in the work they were doing together. She always makes the work fun and exciting! At the end of each session, our tutor gives us a very insightful progress report and guidance as to what we all can work on together at home. Our daughter enjoys her ‘homework’ and always looks forward to her next meeting time with her tutor!
Competitive Advantage Tutoring has been working with my twin daughters since they were in 3rd grade and continues to work with them now that they are in middle school. Our tutor is smart, energetic, creative, reliable, and a pleasure for all of us to be around. Her enthusiasm and creativity allow her to engage children at their level and capture their interest and attention. We cannot say enough good things about her ability to work with children.
Our 13-year-old son has been working with Competitive Advantage tutors for much of the past school year on standardized test preparation. Not only has it improved our son’s scores and self-confidence, he has actually enjoyed the process! He has not complained once about meeting with his tutor, because she is not only smart, but also fun! She knows how to keep him engaged.
8th grade parent, City and Country
Competitive Advantage Tutoring has helped my daughter, Cleopatra, enjoy reading. The encouragement and one-on-one focus has had a lasting effect on both Cleo’s confidence and comprehension. Our tutor can pinpoint and address problem areas and create fun solutions. Cleo very much looks forward to her weekly lessons and really is keen on doing them well!
My daughter had multiple sessions with her Competitive Advantage educator for testing prep for New York G&T for Kindergarten. Her educator was extremely professional, she was able to keep my daughter on track, was very responsive with redirection and praise whenever appropriate. After the first session my daughter felt she had a new friend and was so excited to see her each time she came. After each session her educator took time to explain to me what my daughter did well and what she needed help with. I truly feel that had it not been for her great ability to relate to my daughter and keep her motivated, my daughter would not have been able to learn what she needed, nor would she have been prepared for the type of questions on the test.
I am so grateful for the support you offered Charlie. Thanks to Competitive Advantage he was able to test with a deeper understanding of the material, giving him the confidence to improve his scores across the board. We are delighted to report that he was accepted to five of the six schools to which he applied (waitlisted for the sixth), and will be attending our first choice, Friends Seminary. If ever we need help in the future or should someone ask for a recommendation, I will not hesitate to contact Competitive Advantage.
8th Grade Parent, City and Country