What is an educational consultant?
Independent educational consultants are professionals who assist students and families with educational decision-making. Their training experience and first-hand knowledge of a wide range of schools and programs ensures objectivity and unbiased advice to parents.
When should a consultant be contacted and/or referred?
Consultants can be referred to help families who are interested in considering alternative ways to problem-solve, pre- and adolescent, or young-adult academic, behavioral, attitudinal, artistic, athletic and/or leadership and career directed programming. Consultants can often suggest ancillary programs designed to help improve attitudes or behaviors in/out of school, school performance, self-esteem, motivation and entitlement. In addition, consultants help identify summer programs and special interest programming for students with exceptional academic, artistic, or athletic talents.
What differentiates educational consultants from school counselors?
Independent educational consultants are hired by the family to work on an individual basis with that family. Individual attention and unlimited hours allow the consultant to work with school counselors and independent therapists to problem-solve additional resources for the family.
How can a consultant help as a student enters the local public school system?
When students enter or re-enter public schools from alternative school placements or therapeutic short term intervention programs, consultants work closely with school counselors and home therapists to ensure a seamless transition with essential supports.
Will local schools lose students?
NO. When students attend alternative schools and programs, students are often granted medical leave for a period of time. Students maintain their academic work in fully accredited academic programs whose credits are transferable. Guidance counselors work closely with consultants to determine readiness for the students return and after-care planning.
Will local therapists lose clients?
NO. During student’s enrollment at alternative therapeutic programs and schools, parents are strongly encouraged to continue working with a home therapist throughout the student’s enrollment. Home therapists become part of the treatment team when students are away. Consultants coordinate updates and communication between therapists in treatment settings and schools with home therapist’s parents and when appropriate school personnel.
What resources are available for gifted and talented students and athletes?
Summer academic programs, music camps, specialty sports and leadership programs are all available throughout the country and abroad. Community services and internship programs are also available for students interested in enhancing their exposure to advanced levels in their individual areas of interest. Post graduate and GAP year study is often an excellent pre-cursor to college study giving students an additional year in a specialized school/program that will help students amplify strengths and enable an additional year of maturation that enhances college performance and career planning.
What about costs?
Consultants charge fees for their work. Each family’s needs and financial situation is assessed to determine extent of services needed.
Independent boarding schools offer financial aid and follow a process similar to that of the college aid process. Decisions are made based on schools cost and family’s income/expenses. Most schools assist 20-70% of their family’s with partial aid in order to help make the option affordable.
Therapeutic schools and programs offer fewer options for aid or assistance, however, your consultant can help identify schools and programs that are able to work within certain financial parameters, whose service may be eligible for insurance or out of district school funding. The financial policies in therapeutic and special needs residential schools differ from those of traditional boarding schools and are in many ways more flexible and “consumer-friendly”.