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Professional Conferences, School and College Visits

Some highlights from where we have been and where we’re going next:

This spring Holly’s day school visits included York Prep and the Professional Children’s School (both in Manhattan), Montclair Kimberley Academy, Gill St. Bernard’s, the Ben Samuels Children Center at Montclair State University, and many public schools.

Larry toured Swarthmore College in April as part of a small group of Independent Educational Consultants. The admissions office presented an update on the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success (http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org), which is rolling out a new application platform. Then Professor E. Carr Everbach, the Chair of the Engineering department, personally led a discussion session about Swarthmore’s unique engineering program within a very small, elite liberal arts college. This was followed by a tour of the engineering facilities with Professor Everbach as their guide.

In May, Holly made a quick trip to see three Northeastern boarding schools before students leave for the summer recess. She toured the campuses and met with admission representatives at Berkshire School, Salisbury School, and the Hotchkiss School.

Larry will travel to Philadelphia in June to attend the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Conference: “Revolution and Innovation in Higher Education.” Discussions and breakout sessions will address many important and timely issues in higher education such as the new SAT, the Coalition Application, and current trends in college admissions.

In September, Holly will participate in the Mid-Atlantic Boarding School group’s Fall tour. She and her colleagues will visit each of the member schools which include Episcopal High School, Mercersburg Academy, Blair Academy, Peddie School and St. Andrew’s School.

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New Jersey Association of Independent Schools

In May, Holly spoke at the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) Admissions Conference. Her address served to introduce the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) to the audience of approximately eighty school admissions representatives and educational professionals. The IECA is a national organization of nearly 1,500 professionals who assist families and students with day school, boarding school, therapeutic, and post-secondary placement advising. Holly also discussed the opportunities for collaboration between the IECA and private schools to improve and facilitate the admissions process. She has served on the IECA Schools Committee for the past four years, most recently as Vice-Chair, and on the IECA Learning Disabilities Committee.

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Unique U.

What makes our college advising different? Students and their families have many options when it comes to college advising, from the school guidance counselor to a variety of private consultants. Often college counseling is delivered as a standard, linear process that relies on formulaic checklists. While useful, this model is limited and certainly does not fit every student, nor should it. Every young person is unique and college applicants are choosing among thousands of colleges which run the gamut in style and content. Learning Associates utilizes a more holistic approach to our clients, just as the colleges that provide an outstanding education do when evaluating applicants. We consider the specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each student to customize a plan. Beyond grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities, we work to highlight each student’s unique qualities within the constraints of the application. We personally guide and coach each applicant through the entire process to ensure the strength of the application and, ultimately, the best results.

So as the admissions cycle for the college Class of 2020 comes to an end, we are very proud to share our students’ results:
•    83% Acceptance rate (excluding waitlisted)
•    Total amount of merit, non-need based aid offered: $2,305,000 over 4 years
•    Average 4-year merit award: $52,384

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Early Detection for Learning Disabilities

At Learning Associates, we believe early detection and intervention for learning disabilities are critical to future success.

According to the National Institute of Health, 8 to 10 percent of American children under the age of 18 have some type of learning disability. Having a learning disability can negatively impact a child’s ability to speak, read, write, understand math, and form social relationships. An undiagnosed learning disability can have a “snowball effect:” without the mastery of one skill, the next task becomes even more difficult, and then the student falls behind. As school becomes more frustrating, a child’s self-esteem may suffer along with his/her interest in school.

Through educational testing and observations, we can identify learning disabilities in even very young children. Holly then develops recommendations to address the particular challenges at home and in school as well as suitable school placements. She also works with schools to implement appropriate classroom accommodations. When learning disabilities are detected and addressed early, they have less impact on a child’s future academic success and well-being.

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Summer 2016

Clients, Colleagues and Friends:

As the school year winds down, we are preparing for summer at Learning Associates. We welcome the increased opportunities we will have to meet with our students and families during this season. Whether you are a new client or returning student, this is a great time to reflect on the previous academic year and set goals for the next.

Summer is an ideal time to schedule Learning Evaluations. Students are more relaxed without the stress of homework and other extracurricular commitments. If your child’s academic performance concerns you or your child is due for reevaluation, please contact us. If your child may need accommodations for upcoming tests such as extra time for SATs or ACTs, please consider scheduling the testing before their busy fall schedules ensue. If testing is completed in the early summer, program recommendations and test accommodations can be ready for implementation when school re-opens in September. We know you will want to avoid conflicts with camp, work, family vacations, and other activities. Since appointment slots fill quickly, please let us know your preferred times soon. We are now scheduling Learning Evaluations for June, July, and August.

We encourage our high school clients to use the summer break to get started on their college applications and campus visits.

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer!
Holly & Larry