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Future Building

Why do I need an educational consultant?

More than ever, the costs and complexities involved in making choices in the education marketplace propel families to seek an independent advisor, unaffiliated with a school, and working solely for the benefit of the student. In recent years, approximately 26% of high school seniors have worked with some sort of an educational consultant. Increasingly overextended school guidance counselors simply cannot provide the total focus and attention to detail provided by a well-qualified educational consultant. Parents often encounter a near total communication breakdown with their children as they attempt to work together on finding a college or school. A skilled mentor in the field can rebuild communication, sift for key points, and galvanize the pieces to a cohesive, joint purpose. Families seeking merit scholarships for their children often find that the investment in knowledgeable and experienced educational consulting more than pays for itself.

Why should we choose IESolutions?

The principals at IESolutions have extensive professional experience both within independent schools and colleges as well as working independently with students and families. The Reeses' combine over 70 years of work in this specific field, with well established contacts in both school and college admission offices, and have worked with thousands of students. Their own children, are graduates of the Lawrenceville School, and their son a 2013 graduate of Johns Hopkins and their daughter was class of 2014 at Princeton. The Reeses are prepared to meet with you in person, or by phone, email, Skype or FaceTime.

What is Future Building, exactly?

Young people have little understanding that their futures are being formed right now and greatly impacted by a series of incremental decisions. Spend the summer at the pool, or get a job in a local business? Watch tv, play an online game, or read? Worry about SAT scores, or take a test prep course? Nap after school, or try out for a team? The future begins today and is molded today. IESolutions looks at the fabric of a student's current life, teases out the important from the dilatory, and helps the student work from there.

Visualizing where a student sees him/herself twenty years in the future is a key exercise: Where will you be living? Working? How much education will you have had? When a viable image of the future is formed, IESolutions can help the student create a path back from that point to the present day. Now there is a map. Our clients learn that there are multiple right answers to questions about the future. The future itself is dynamic: not one fixed reality, but perhaps a series of goals, visions, plans. The process of identifying immediate and longer-term educational objectives and then successfully working to achieve them, becomes a template for future building of all types--- a new way of understanding and executing decisions throughout the lifespan.

What sorts of educational options exist?

Some students are aimed at highly competitive colleges, while others may be considering art school, a two year college, or a trade. Some may need further academic bolstering-a repeat or a post graduate year-- before being ready to continue. Others may have been accepted by a college, but are thinking of deferring and taking a gap year. IESolutions also works with students currently in high school who may want additional challenge, more support, or both! Students considering a transfer during college often consult IESolutions. There is a myriad of educational settings available, and the Reeses work individually with clients to identify those opportunities that present the best possibility for growth and benefit. What about a program overseas? Are there internships available in a chosen field?

Once the broader thinking has been done, it is then time to focus on the details of the process: admission testing strategies and schedule, the specific list of institutions, deadlines, application details, essays, recommendations.

Once the broader thinking has been done, it is then time to focus on the details of the process: admission testing strategies and schedule, the specific list of institutions, deadlines, application details, essays, recommendations.

What about financial aid?

The Reeses are well informed about current financial aid policies, forms, and processes. They can provide either general or very detailed, specific guidance. Increasingly, college costs are a significant factor in family plans. Students should be concerned about taking on too much loan component in their aid packages over four years, and should know that the first year package may or may not be indicative of future aid from the institution. Parents need to understand more about an aid application process which involves online filing of the FAFSA, and often a second document like the CSS/Financial Profile form along with the most recent tax return filed electronically. Crucially timed information about financial aid policies and procedures can shield families from disappointment.

How do we get started?

An email or phone call gets the process started. Many families start with the QA Online, and others with a traditional personal consult. Parents may work extensively with IESolutions to guide a child through the entire process, or get specific cues and move on independently.

Informed Educational Solutions
140 Evans Hill Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
610-670-7442 fax