It isn't all that surprising that there is an industry devoted to educational consulting. The range of choices in today's academic environment is both exciting and a little overwhelming. Many families prefer to engage an expert to help them navigate the selection process. The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) is the leading national organization designed to match parents and students with credentialed educational consultants.
An IECA consultant will work with you to identify your child's specific educational needs, as well as their affinities and interests. Having developed a good understanding of your child's needs and goals, the consultant can develop a custom list of options that will likely suit your particular objectives. You'll want to look for an IECA consultant with a focus on K-12 boarding school selection. These consultants have real firsthand knowledge of dozens of boarding schools, having toured and evaluated numerous campuses. Not only do they know specific institutions, but they are intimately familiar with boarding school standards of quality and can provide critical comparative insights as you narrow your choices.
Search for an educational consultant near you on the IECA site.
For more information on the overall value of independent schools and tips on choosing a school that meets the needs of your child, visit the National Association of Independent Schools Parents’ Guide.