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The Emerald Heights International School

The Emerald Heights International School

I bumped into Kim, Kavita and Namita at the TAISI conference four years ago. At that time, I entrusted them with a student who they worked with. The Red Pen’s approach to the college application process is thorough, ethical and of very high quality. The student who they worked with was admitted to Stanford University, but opted to matriculate at Richmond as he was given full aid there. The Red Pen has visited Emerald Heights School on several occasions and given quality presentations to the teachers and students. They have an excellent knowledge of admission processes for universities all around the world and cater to students of all financial needs. I highly recommend their services.

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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?