Benefits of an Educational Consultant

Consider An Educational Consultant

Not sure where to start on your journey to boarding school? A great first step is connecting with an experienced Educational Consultant who will guide you through the process. They work for you, so their insights and recommendations have your child’s best interest at heart.

Benefits of an Educational Consultant

9 Reasons to Work with an Educational Consultant

  • 1. Objective assessment of student and family. An educational consultant will assess both students and their family to set clear, appropriate goals for the admission process.
  • 2. The perspective and judgment to say, “We need to know more,” and seek educational assessment and testing when needed.
  • 3. Recognizing and analyzing any learning differences or special needs.
  • 4. Educational consultants know schools often appear quite similar. In reality, each school and student are a unique fit. Educational consultants know that the devil is in the details; consultants regularly visit schools to gain firsthand experience of each school’s unique perspective and workings.
  • 5. Knowledge of the admission process. An educational consultant helps families build a plan so that there is full transparency into the admission process.
  • 6. Guidance driven and shaped by what’s best for the student.
  • 7. Professional judgment. If the situation is not a good fit for the student, the educational consultant will say so and redirect to other school options.
  • 8. Ongoing support. Consultants provide additional follow-up and insight once a student enters their new educational setting.
  • 9. An understanding, professional advocate for the student.

What to Expect When You Work with an Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) Member Consultant

IECA member consultants are trained professionals with extensive knowledge of educational options. Their expertise, combined with a supportive, intentional approach to understanding your family, will help you identify a school that is academically, culturally, socially and financially appropriate.

There is a lot to consider when choosing the right school. An IECA member consultant will meet with your family to learn as much as possible about your student’s unique skills, interests, likes, dislikes, strengths and needs, and develop a personalized educational plan.

The independent educational consultant will then build a list of schools that could be a fit for your student. This list is based on a deep knowledge of schools, and informed by consultants’ ongoing travel to campuses, meeting with staff and current students, touring dorms, observing classes and extracurricular activities, and learning about each school’s specific identity and core values. Independent educational consultants know what questions to ask and what to see during their visits, so they can bring the right information back to you.

By taking the time to listen to your specific wants and concerns, IECA member consultants guide families through the complex process of investigating all available educational options, and find the best fit for your student, saving you energy, time and valuable resources.