Expert Advice

Introduction

Parents realize that selecting the right school for their child is one of the most important decisions they will ever make. We believe the key to successful school placement is understanding the specific needs of your child and knowing the essence and the culture of each school. Whether your child needs competitive academics, athletics or arts programs or a school with therapeutic or special needs, we determine and deliver a holistic approach to the process. Identifying the right school match is our ultimate goal in this somewhat daunting process. Daily, we help students and their families navigate through the new educational world, and as their unbiased advocate, discover and attain the best academic, extracurricular, and social match.

 We realize that there are countless Schools across the globe, each offering curricula, and facilities as unique and diverse as the School itself.  Knowing each of these Schools, what they offer, and how they benefit your child is our area of expertise. We believe that the students’ educational needs and aspirations, within reason, should always come first, and the direction we collectively take should focus on what will help make those needs and goals a reality.

Collectively, our team of experts has over 200 years of experience working with Boarding Schools and Universities. We continually visit and maintain relationships with more than 300 Schools, and as such can keep you informed as Schools add new programs, academic buildings, sports complexes, and dormitories. We are here to help you navigate the vast landscape of Schools, and do so in a way that will keep you at ease, yet in control of defining your child’s future.   We invite you to explore our team of experts, and again look forward to guiding you through one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your child.

Our Process:

“Student-Driven” Support

Defining an Appropriate Direction

Through comprehensive interviews, we get to know your son or daughter, to determine specific educational needs, assess strengths and talents —and understand their personal, educational and career goals.

Evaluating Targeted Information

Providing you with the current, accurate information you need to make an informed and realistic educational decision is a critical part of our role. We have no bias or affiliation with any school. The recommendations we present to you focus only on the learning environments we feel the best match the needs of your son or daughter.

Developing and Implementing the Plan

Once specific colleges or schools are selected, we prepare an individual game plan for each, with all the elements required in the admissions process, from correspondence and testing, if required, to visits, interviews, and applications.

Admissions Advocacy and Support

We will do everything possible to leverage our broad network of educational contacts and relationships to help maximize a favorable presentation. There are obviously no guarantees, other than to assure you of our total commitment to a successful outcome.

Follow-Up

We are dedicated to each student’s success and continue to monitor their progress. We are also available for follow-up consultation at any time.

Our Consultants

Students today have many layers of experience and awareness that come with different needs in a less predictable social and economic environment. Marketing has complicated the school evaluation process. As you sort through the myriad of websites, brochures, and videos, you may find it hard to accurately assess the differences that can positively or negatively influence your child.

Our role is to help students and their families navigate through this new educational world, as their unbiased advocate, and discover and attain the best academic, extracurricular and social match. We work with the full spectrum of students facing junior and secondary boarding school and college and graduate school choices — including average, gifted and talented students, underachievers and students with special needs.

We believe that the student’s educational needs and aspirations, should always come first, and the direction we collectively take should focus on what will help make those needs and aspirations a reality.

John A. Williamson

John’s career in directing enrollment management offices has spanned more than twenty-five years at both the university and boarding school levels. John has overseen, and often created, the international offices at his institutions and has vast experience establishing exchanges, partnerships, and programmes in places such as Cuba, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and many more.

Cammie Bertram

Within the educational community, Cammie is known for the sound, informed advice she provides to students and families evaluating private secondary school options – across diverse backgrounds, abilities, and interests. In addition to her broad experience with traditional boarding school programs, she is also a leading consultant in special needs and therapeutic placement. Cammie is a Certified Educational Planner.

Deena Maerowitz

Prior to becoming a parent herself, Deena was the Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia University Business School. Deena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and received her law degree (J.D.) and Master’s Degree in Social Work (M.S.W) from the University of Connecticut.  As a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, Deena has worked with private clients guiding them throughout the entire college and graduate school admissions process.

Linda Magnussen

As a Certified Educational Planner, Linda Magnussen assists students and their families around the world with the university selection and admissions process.  Her primary emphasis is working with international and expat families seeking universities located in the US, but also the UK and Canada if desired.

Kristen Mariotti

Kristen brings 16 years of admission experience having started her career in college admission offices and spending the last seven years in senior admission positions at boarding schools in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Kristen has extensive experience orchestrating international recruitment programs and has traveled all over the world to promote the value of international education to students and their families.

Jeremy McGeorge

Jeremy brings over 15 years in admissions, program development, and therapeutic treatment to families looking for advice and guidance when dealing with a child who needs a therapeutic placement.  Based on Jeremy’s broad experience in direct care, he provides a unique and empathetic approach to students and families at-risk as they seek to find new family harmony and growth. As a father himself, he is passionate and driven to provide all families with the opportunity and the skills to live, work, and thrive together.

Kristen Naspo

Krissy Naspo comes to the consulting world after twelve years of boarding school admissions experience at both the secondary and junior boarding school level.  She has traveled extensively around the world to recruit students, and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge gained from working with international families and Americans living abroad.  Over the past seven years, Krissy has spoken on panels about international student admissions in Japan, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, El Salvador, and Mexico.

Holly Treat

Holly has been involved with independent schools since 1991 in a variety of roles. Before becoming an educational consultant in 2003, Holly served as the Director of Admission and Dean of Students at Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, the Associate Director of Admission at both Miss Porter’s School and Miss Hall’s School, and the Director of Admission at the Salisbury Summer School. Holly was inspired to become an educational advisor full time while she was employed as the Secondary School Advisor at the Indian Mountain School, a junior boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa is no stranger to the challenges and concerns facing parents trying to make difficult educational decisions for their children. Currently, she volunteers at Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut in the Eating Disorder program, working with adolescents in group therapy concentrating on body image via creative expression and art therapy. This background, combined with her empathetic people skills, has motivated both parents and students to seek her assistance in working through their educational and emotional issues as a family coach which has resulted in healthier directions and choices for both parents and children.

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