Typically, I begin advising students at the start of their junior year. This allows sufficient time to develop a relationship with the student and family, discover their priorities and preferences for colleges, and assemble a well balanced college list. Commencing work during the student's junior year allows time to counsel on choice of major/career, make suggestions for adding depth to the student's extracurricular involvements, and truly support their efforts through the entire college search and application process.
In some instances, a family will begin working with an Educational Consultant earlier on, perhaps during freshman or sophomore year. This is appropriate when a student requires curriculum advisement or perhaps assistance planning summer enrichment activities. It is also appropriate to begin work earlier in high school when a student is seeking admission to a highly selective and elite university.
Truly there are no right or wrong answers. It really depends on the needs and wants of the student and family. However, I do caution families not to wait until fall of senior year to reach out to an Educational Consultant, as many will be already fully booked for the season.
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