Selecting the Right Program or School -- Putting the Pieces Together

Choosing the right residential program or therapeutic boarding school can be puzzling.

Parents consider alternatives to their child's current situation for a variety of reasons: the need for individual attention; the desire for more discipline and structure to learn better study skills and work habits; or the dissatisfaction with the quality of the current educational and residential program options. Therapeutic Boarding Schools provide a 24-hour learning environment, away from immediate distractions, where students can thrive and learn to do more than they ever dreamed. The right program or school can provide countless academic and extra-curricular opportunities to maximize a child's potential and develop new interests, skills, and life-long friendships. Treatment centers and schools differ in philosophy, setting, size, and structure. Discipline and teaching styles, religious affiliation, and the role of arts and athletics are additional elements that define each program and school. What other factors need to be considered when choosing a program or school? How do you know if your child will be safe? Who will be your child's friends and role models? Will the program or school adequately meet your child's unique needs? Studies show that parents often limit their choices to programs and schools their friends have recommended or those close to home.

What factors should be considered when selecting a treatment center or wilderness program? How do you know if it is right for your child and your family? Educational Consultants are trained professionals who possess extensive knowledge of educational and wilderness program options. This expertise combined with a caring approach to understand your child, helps families identify a program or school, which is academically, socially, and therapeutically appropriate.

Some programs and schools hire "marketing and sales guidance counselors".

However, these sales and telemarketing people are often burdened with enormous amounts of phone calls and simply do not have the extra time you would like them to spend with you. Independent Educational consultants can be a welcome resource for families who recognize they need more help that "marketing and sales guidance counselors" are able to provide. Consultants also have expertise in advising parents with special circumstances such as learning or physical disabilities. Not tied to any program or school, consultants can provide unbiased help in wading through the myriad of brochures, letters, and videos that parents collect in their search.

An educational consultant speaks personally with families to discuss their unique concerns. To find the right "fit" for your child, the consultant learns as much as possible about your child and your family. Consultants help you clarify your child's educational and treatment needs, identify strengths and weaknesses, and considers interests and dislikes.Placing your child in a wilderness program or academic school can be an emotional decision, but one which most often leads to an enriching experience.

A consultant can help facilitate the process of selecting the program or school in which your child can be successful. The consultant helps you understand what to look for in a program or school. Every program and school's image is beautifully displayed in brochures, CD-ROM's, on the Internet site and in videos, but how do you uncover the school's true profile? Because a consultant knows your child's needs based on the family interviews, and has a thorough knowledge of which programs and schools meet your families' needs, he or she can formulate a customized list of appropriate options.

A consultant can then point out specifics about each program or school such as academic overview, admission criteria, dorm arrangements, medical, nutritional and psychological characteristics size of student body, and characteristics of the community, which aid in your decision. The consultant has firsthand knowledge of many different types of program and schools. Consultants pride themselves on extensive first-hand knowledge of programs and schools, big and small, in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Educational consultants enhance their knowledge by touring hundreds of campuses, spending time meeting with admissions officers, educational directors, and exploring program and school living arrangements and environments.

The personal insight provides an educational consultant with a much deeper understanding of a program or school than a brochure or Internet website can convey.

Additionally, an educational consultant has valuable experience resulting from years of educational planning with a variety of students. An educational consultant brings to the family the knowledge and skills of an experienced professional, coupled with a commitment to assuring that the child's best interests are met. An educational consultant can act as the family's facilitator, guide, and interpreter for the entire program or school selection and application process.

Consultants serve the immediate and long-term interests of your child. Many consultants also specialize in behavior management, learning disabilities, and special needs planning, and can assist in formulating long-range goals for your child.

The consultant stays in touch with you and your child to ensure that placement is successful and to assist you in developing an extended educational plan.

An educational consultant listens to your special concerns, helps you thoroughly investigate the options, and continues to monitor your child's progress to ensure a successful emotional growth program or boarding school experience.

Consultants assist with the admissions and application process. Having someone who understands the system can help ease this very stressful time. Consultants regularly attend conferences and workshops to stay current on developments in their field.

They have experience in admissions, and know the intricacies of applications and financial aid. With programs and schools getting more competitive and expensive, families can feel increased pressure to make the right choice. Consultants serve as the family's personal resource in identifying programs and schools that best fit the child and family's individual preferences.

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