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  • Writer's pictureLisa Marfisi

Do I Need an Educational Consultant to Help Me with the Private School Application Process?


A boy looking at the sky thinking about the private school application process.

Every year, as the private school application season rolls in, many parents find themselves grappling with the question of whether to engage an educational consultant. The process is daunting: from identifying the right schools to crafting the perfect application that highlights your child in the best light and then making the best decision for your child and your family. If you’re on the fence about hiring an educational consultant, here are compelling reasons that might tilt the scale.


Tailored School List


One of the most significant advantages of working with an educational consultant is gaining access to a personal list of schools that are perfectly suited for your child. Not all schools are created equally, and what works for one student might not work for another. Consultants take into consideration your child's unique academic profile, interests, and personality to compile a list of schools where they believe your child will not just thrive academically but will also fit in socially and emotionally.


Unexpected Options


Neon sign that says this must be the place. When you find the right school, this is how it feels.

It’s natural to have a set of schools in mind when you start the application process. However, educational consultants bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience, including information about lesser-known schools that might actually be a better fit for your child. They can introduce you to options you hadn’t considered or even heard of, broadening your horizon and potentially finding a better match for your child's needs and aspirations.


Insider Perspective


Truth - typed on a typewriter- representing the information a consultant can share about a school..

Beyond what's available on school websites, consultants offer insider information about the culture, ethos, and day-to-day life at different institutions. This nuanced understanding can play a crucial role in making an informed decision about where to apply.

 

Insight from Experience


Educational consultants have the benefit of drawing on a rich tapestry of experiences from previous clients. They’ve seen firsthand which children flourish in particular schools, understanding the nuanced environments that different institutions offer. This insight is invaluable and isn't something you can easily access without professional help. Their experience allows them to match your child to a school where they are most likely to succeed, academically, socially and personally.


Streamlining the Application Process


Hopscotch grid showing where to start and the order of where to go next - just like steps in the application process.

While it’s true that the steps of the application process for most private schools are easily accessible and clearly outlined on their websites, the amount of information can quickly become overwhelming. An educational consultant doesn’t just provide a checklist; they help you prioritize tasks, keeping you on track with deadlines, helping you to determine which events are the most important to attend, and ensuring that you’re focusing your efforts on what truly matters. They understand the process inside out, including the less tangible aspects like the school's culture and values, allowing them to guide your application to better resonate with each school's unique ethos.

 

Application Support

 

Consultants provide guidance on crafting compelling application responses that highlight your child's strengths and unique qualities. They understand which information admissions committees are looking for and can help you and your child stand out amidst the competition.

 

Educational Consultants are great Discussion Partners


A phone call can help you stay connected to your educational consultant.

Perhaps most importantly, consultants serve as trusted discussion partners throughout the entire process. Whether you're grappling with tough decisions or seeking reassurance, they offer support, expertise, and a sounding board for your concerns.



The Bottom Line


Happy students at a school that is the right fit for them.

Choosing to work with an educational consultant for the private school application process is ultimately a personal decision. However, the benefits they offer go beyond simple logistics. Consultants provide a bespoke service tailored to your child's needs and future success. They can help demystify the process, save you time, decrease stress, and significantly increase the likelihood of your child being accepted into a school where they will thrive. For parents navigating the complexities of private school applications, an educational consultant isn’t just an investment in the application process; it’s an investment in your child's educational future.

To learn more about how Lisa Marfisi can help you, contact her today!

Here is more information about HOW to CHOOSE a consultant that is the right fit for

YOUR family.

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