over 60 years of experience
The educational consultants at EduPlanners participate in regular professional development at conferences and seminars, and visit multiple schools, colleges, and therapeutic facilities each year to stay up-to-date on curriculum, campus services, admission practices, therapists and experiential programs.
They have no financial relationship with any of the schools or programs that they recommend, using their individual resources to travel to campuses and programs for onsite evaluation. They are recognized by the Independent Educational Consultants Association as upholding the highest standards of the profession.
We do our best work on behalf of prospective college students when we get to know them well.
Establishing a relationship with our students and their families fosters an honest and trustworthy relationship that shapes our vocational and educational explorations.
This is our primary model for college counseling. Although we are pleased to assist students from a distance, we highly value face-to-face meetings, and always strive to have at least one in-person meeting with the family to kick off our work.
We are not a franchise operation. We live and work in Nashville, and have a deep history and easy familiarity with secondary education and the lives of students in our region.
We do not accept payment from educational institutions -- this is why we are known as independent counselors--and we underwrite our own continuing education, professional development and travel to colleges and universities to make evaluative site visits.
We will work with students at any point in their high school education to consider course selection and review extra-curricular activities and opportunities. The ideal time for most students to begin their college search is the junior year.
We work with juniors to:
1) Share ideas for approaching the college search process, maximizing campus visits, and compiling research on colleges and universities, as well as introducing the application process;
2) Review transcripts and test scores and responses to our student/parent questionnaires to aid in developing a "working" list of schools that we refine collaboratively over time, based on your campus visit experiences and our informed guidance; and
3) Craft a calendarized workplan to accomplish all the chores required to complete applications for admission and financial aid, meeting for as many times as is necessary. We review essays and coach students on how best to interpret and portray their lives so that admission officers catch a glimpse of the full and complex individuals applying to their schools.
For students in special circumstances, we also provide support for:
- Scholarship Applications,
- Art Portfolios
- Referrals for learning, behavioral or clinical supports
- We have numerous colleagues in the community to whom we turn for corollary supplemental services such as tutoring, evaluation, and psychological or behavioral counseling.
When our typical levels of service do not quite fit what a family is interested to pursue, we are pleased to develop proposals for how we might meet the needs of potential clients.