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Many families believe that the window for school placement for Fall 2019 has passed. However, some day and boarding schools will continue to have openings throughout the summer due to attrition and “summer melt.” To keep up with these trends and to stay in touch with Admission Directors and other admission office staff, Holly attends campus tours and conferences such as the recent Admissions Leadership Council seminar sponsored by the Enrollment Management Association.


If your child is not thriving in their current school or you think they may benefit from a different environment, Holly can help you explore the available options for Fall 2019. She can guide you through the application requirements and details, including essays and interviews.

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On May 8th and 9th, Larry was the moderator or panelist for three breakout workshops at the semi-annual National Conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) conference in Chicago:


“The Cloudy Future of Standardized Testing” focused on the serious questions around the validity of standardized testing to predict success equally among disparate student populations. While some colleges perceive there to be a need for standardized tests, test optional schools are recognzing the established fact that student success is equal among those who submit test scores and those who don’t. Panelists including Robert Schaeffer (Public Education Director of FairTest), Jon Boeckenstedt (Vice President of Enrollment of DePaul University), Andy Borst (Director of Undergraduate Admissions of University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign), and Matt Niksch (Chief College Counselor of Noble Network of Charter Schools) shared their perspectives in this timely and important discussion.


In the College Committee Session “College Use of Customer Relationship Manager Tools in Enrollment and Admissions”, Larry and fellow moderator, Marilyn O’Toole, examined the use of technology and data collection in college admissions. Panelists Eric Range (Element 451), Ben Kavanaugh (Bucknell University), Lauren Sefton (Rhodes College), Mike Borovsky (Purdue University), and Darryl Jones (Gettysburg College) discussed how this data is collected and used by college admissions offices as well as how this impacts all stakeholders in the overall admissions process.


The workshop “Is This a Good College? The Power of Rhetoric in College Counseling” explored the power of semantics as well as verbal and non-verbal communication in college admissions. Consultants Jennie Kent and Nicole Oringer joined Larry in this presentation in which they incorporated “both sides of the desk” – the admissions side and the college counseling side


Larry is very grateful to all the workshop panelists as well as the consultants who attended these sessions. He appreciates all of the positive feedback he has received.

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Parents often ask us, “When should we start the application process for private school?” For a variety of reasons, we believe the earlier, the better. Rather than waiting until applications go live in the fall, we encourage families to begin in the spring and summer to allow for advance planning and identifying the best use of their child’s summer time when schedules tend to be less busy.


Holly has begun meeting with families of 7th graders applying for private day and boarding schools for high school in Fall 2020. She uses this time to get to know the students and their profiles and to develop preliminary school lists. Some families have already started visiting prospective schools. Throughout the coming months, Holly will continue to work with them focusing on interview skills, fine-tuning school lists, and mapping out the paperwork and testing deadlines. By the time the application cycle officially begins, these students will be well positioned to complete and submit their applications.

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