Traditional Academics

Boarding Schools

Wilderness Programs

It has been our experience that students who attend boarding school are better prepared academically, emotionally, and socially for the transition to college.  Boarding school provides a healthy structure  for students and removes the day to day academic stresses out of the parent-child relationship.  In addition, many students develop strong adult relationships, are more involved in a variety of extra curricular activities, and in general are better at self-advocating to meet their own needs.

We offer firsthand knowledge of a wide variety of schools across the country, each with its unique strengths, character, and traditions. We also have an extensive library of school catalogues and DVDs for families to consider when making their selections.

Because boarding school is a 24-hour environment, selecting the right school should be based on an overall fit. Just because a school worked for a neighbor or friend, or even a brother or sister, does not mean it will best suit your child at this time. For a boarding school placement, the family should consider several factors: level of academic rigor, teaching methodology, extra-curricular offerings, residental life, community service, and spiritual culture.

Our Student-Centered Process focuses on finding the right fit between student and school. Let us help in your educational planning for:

  • The student with unique talents that ought to be nurtured
  • The student who feels he/she must apologize for wanting to do well academically
  • The poorly organized student who fails to turn in assignments on time
  • The intellectually gifted child distracted by social pressures
  • The student who is ready to live independently
  • The student whose self-esteem would be bolstered by a smaller, more intimate school
  • The extremely bright student bored in her present academic program
  • The student who needs a “13th year” or post-graduate work in order to mature
  • The student that has a unique learning difference
  • The student desiring an abroad experience
  • The student who needs stronger preparation for college
  • The student who needs “turning on” academically

Summer Programs

Summer offers an ideal opportunity to pursue new interests or special talents that your son or daughter may want to develop outside of the academic year. Research shows that students who engage in academic and enrichment pursuits during the summer tend to perform better in the following school year. Summer activities are a great way to boost your student’s applications and resumes and may lead to job and career opportunities in the future. Our consultants approach summer placement with the same student-centered perspective that distinguishes our educational planning.

We start by identifying a student’s strengths and weaknesses and then tailor our recommendations to meet a family’s summer activities and timetables. During the initial evaluation, we determine the young person’s level of interest in outdoor activities, travel, and other summer pursuits. We also find out from both parents and child whether there are any specific goals they would like to achieve. You will receive a written report with our evaluation results and a list of recommended programs that correspond to your student’s stated goals.

College Consulting

Wilderness Programs

College decisions are frequently made with insufficient information and forethought. This is usually due to inadequate data on available programs, a lack of awareness of the student’s true potential, or both.  An investment made in assessing a young person’s interests and aptitudes at this stage can yield results long after graduation.

Our educational strategist provides detailed information about academic programs, requirements for admission, and application procedures. Most families who bring their student to us for help with secondary school placement return when the time comes to select a college.

In our Student-Centered Process, we look for what’s right with your child, identifying hidden strengths as well as special needs. Our comprehensive testing enables us to refine diagnoses and our skilled consultants offer insights that can open up new possibilities for growth.

By approaching the selection process as a neutral third party, we are often able to communicate with students who are resistant to their parents’ input. Together the student and college consultant select a group of colleges ranging from “probable,” “possible,” to “reach,”  categories based on the following factors:

  • Preparation for a career
  • Specialized programs versus a liberal arts curriculum
  • Coeducational colleges versus single-sex institutions
  • The importance of specific locations, climates, or population sizes
  • The strengths of various departments or majors
  • The availability of clubs, activities, and sports
  • Internships or work cooperative plans
  • Opportunities for study abroad
  • Religious affiliations
  • Costs and financial aid packages

For specific help with college please check out Mrs. Patrick’s website.


Since they opened our doors on Hilton Head Island, College HHI has been helping high school students from around the world choose the RIGHT fit college. They do this through personalized college strategies working hand-in-hand with the student, parents and college admission directors.