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Why use a consultant ?

"School cutbacks and closings- virtual education, have left guidance counselors badly outnumbered…Consultants have begun to fill the void, helping parents and kids to find the best schools for their money. Good consultants know college admission trends and maintain significant ties in the field. How to find them: Although not all educational consultants are affiliated with the Independent Educational Consultants Association, it’s a good place to start.”

- Money Magazine


Our students become "One of a Kind". We provide a student-centered, nurturing environment to help individuals realize their full potential. SDA is an independent educational consulting practice that specializes in counseling domestic and international students and their families throughout the college search and application process. SDA is founded by IECA Professional Member Christine J. Scott who works closely with students and parents to target colleges or universities that best match a student’s skills, needs and passions. SDA helps streamline the college search and application process for best results and emphasizes the need for families to fully engage the school counselor.

IECA member consultants can be a welcome resource for students and families who are looking for knowledgeable professionals with experience in admissions counseling. IECA members provide individual attention, flexible scheduling, and are committed to finding colleges that are the right fit for the student. Whether engaged as an introductory participant or for the full application process, the IEC provides information specific to your family.

Helping students tell their stories to complete authentic college admission essays is an IECA specialty. Ms. Scott helps helps students find their unique stories, improve their writing confidence, and complete admission and scholarship essays that work.  We also work alongside of English teachers to deliver a cohesive program where the students do the work themselves and prepare specific essays for applications in addition to the common application personal statement.

Independent Educational Consultants can provide a student and family with individual attention, firsthand knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities, and the time to explore all of the options. It’s not only about being accepted-more importantly, it’s about thriving at the institution that is the right fit for you.

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