End to end services for families interested in pursuing residential and day schooling options.

Students in Class 5-12

We help families understand the objectives and benefits different schooling systems to decide what is right for them.

Our consultants will help families articulate goals in relation to country of study, board systems and other considerations. We will help you select the school, geography and curriculum that best fits your goals, personality and budget.

When it comes time to complete the application process, we will work with you every step of the way from reviewing your form inputs, and brainstorming essay responses to providing interview preparation.

School Services At-a-Glance

  • Counselling
  • School selection
  • School application registration
  • Liaising with student & schools
  • Arranging school visits
  • Test scheduling (school-specific)
  • Exam invigilation as required
  • Essay brainstorming, review & editing
  • Letters of recommendation advice
  • Review of application forms

Highlights 2018-19

80+ relationships built

with boarding schools located in Canada | India | Singapore | Switzerland | Thailand | UK | US

Provided end-to-end support for families

considering boarding schools form all over India Contacting Schools | Organising Visits | Applications and Essay Support | Interview Preparation | School Selection

Helped students and parents make informed decisions

Finding their ‘best fit’ boarding school


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The Red Pen helped me explore school options when we shared that my son was feeling burnt out in the ICSE rote system of education. The team helped me identify best fit options for him based on his interests and goals (both inside and outside the classroom). They were fantastic in understanding my son, assessing his needs and then suggesting boarding schools that he could potentially attend. What I found especially useful is that they helped us understand the difference between each option, not only from an academic standpoint but also based on culture, infrastructure, student body, faculty etc. We finally narrowed it down to The Woodstock School in Mussoorie and this has been one of the best decisions we could have made as a family. I have seen my son grow immensely as a person, and I feel boarding school was a perfect stepping stone for him to prepare for his undergraduate studies as he experienced the global culture right here in India. The Red Pen did a great job in going that extra mile to actually understand the child, family and their goals.

-Woodstock School

We were introduced to The Red Pen when we were seeking to send our 15-year-old to a premier British boarding school. Friends who had an excellent experience with them gave us their recommendation. For my family, it was important that admission would be secured at a top institution. After assessing our son’s academic level, and The Red Pen provided us with a list of schools and suggested what we should do to achieve our goal. What was critical was that they guided us and our child – who ultimately secured admission at Malvern College, an extremely well-reputed school and our first choice. Throughout the application process, we were able to continually reach out with any questions and queries. Thank you Namita and team The Red Pen!

-Malvern College

It was wonderful working with The Red Pen. After the first two interactions and meetings, I was very happy at how they provided details pertaining to the relevant schools. The team did a great job of explaining the pros and cons and what schools would suit my son. The Red Pen helped on all fronts – with the application form, registration, personal statement, tests and interviews. The mentoring extended towards the personal statement and the interviews was particularly helpful as it gave a better insight on how and what to write in totality rather than giving a superficial explanation. The Red Pen team was very calm, patient and positive in their approach and extremely helpful in motivating my son. Namita was prompt, approachable and ready to provide her guidance whenever required. It was an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend The Red Pen for counselling services.

-Charterhouse School


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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?