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Woodstock School

Woodstock School

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.

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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?