Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
We provide services for college bound and graduate school and in addition have consultants with expertise in athletic consulting and in programs for students with special needs.
We offer a range of services from a single session consultation to our comprehensive guidance service, which will take the student through the entire admissions process. Depending on individual needs, Panhandle Educational Consultants will provide guidance on a student's academic program, an appropriate list of schools or colleges, and a standardized test schedule, advice on extra-curricular and summer activities, essay guidance and interview preparation.
What differentiates Panhandle Educational Consultants from other educational consultants?
Our consultants collaborate closely with one another so each student benefits from our team approach and collective experience. We regularly visit schools and colleges around the country and share our findings on admission trends and what is happening on campuses with our colleagues.
When is the best time to begin working with a college-bound student?
While many families come to us when their children are in 11th or 12th grades, it is helpful to begin our relationship with the student as early as the 6th or 7th grade so that we can develop a four year high school plan encompassing curriculum, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities that will maximize their potential. The high school curriculum is one of the most important factors in college admissions.
I have a college counselor at my high school; can I benefit from working with an independent consultant?
Yes. Some families come to us because their children attend schools where the student/counselor ratio is very high and they seek more personalized guidance. Because each Panhandle Educational Consultants consultant works with relatively few students and is not burdened with additional responsibilities beyond college counseling, we can provide a highly individualized service throughout the year, including the summer.
Others may choose to work with us because they want an additional and impartial perspective that will benefit their child. And some families in locations outside the US work with us because their school has little or no prior experience with admissions to US colleges.
Whatever the reason, our focus is entirely on the student best interest. We do not replace the school counselor; in fact, we encourage our students to work closely with their school counselors and we teach them how to fully utilize their school's guidance resources.
What if we don't live near one of your offices?
Panhandle Educational Consultants work with students located throughout the US and the world. While many will meet with us in person at some point in the process, today's technology enables us to have "virtual" face-to-face conversations with students whether they live in Africa, New York, Los Angeles or Jamaica. We use WebEx for our virtual sessions.
How much does it cost?