Washington-Area Private School Consultants

These local experts meet with prospective students and parents to help pick a list of schools to consider

By: Mollie Reilly

If you need help finding the best high school for your son or daughter, you may want to hire an educational consultant. A consultant generally begins by meeting with the student and parents and examining the child’s academic record. Consultants then provide a list of schools to consider. They encourage students and families to attend open houses, meet with admissions officers, talk to current students, and spend time on campus. Consultants say it’s usually a good idea to apply to four to eight schools, and they’ll help families with applications. Most consultants don’t fill out forms or edit essays, but some will suggest changes, conduct mock interviews, and administer practice tests. Most charge $175 to $500 an hour or a flat fee of $1,250 to $4,500 for the process.

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS

Academic Access
Chevy Chase; 301-718-7790

Baldwin Educational Consulting
DC; 202-363-0513

Clare Anderson Consulting
Chevy Chase;202-538-0520; clare_anderson@verizon.net

Dunbar Educational Consultants
DC; 202-342-1979

Frances Turner Educational Consulting
Rockville; 301-299-2012

Independent School Options
Alexandria; 703-671-8316

Know Your Options
Fairfax; 703-268-5886

Marks Education
Bethesda; 301-907-7604

Metropolitan Educational Consulting Group

DC; 202-537-0091

The School Counseling Group
DC; 202-333-3530

School Finders
Rockville; 301-230-9010

Tedeschi Educational Consulting

Chevy Chase; 301-951-0131

Top Test Prep
DC; 800-501-7737

This article appears in the October 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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