Why Work with an Independent Educational Consultant?

For most students, college planning can be an overwhelming and daunting feeling without a guided path. At The School Key, we believe the process should be personalized and maybe even fun.

The key role of the independent educational consultant (IEC) is to assess a student’s educational, social, emotional, needs, and desires to the appropriate schools, colleges or programs that will be the best match for them. Our role is to learn about a student’s learning style, desired environment, and academic vs. social component and guide them in their college and career planning.  

personal Personalized Planning

The national average high school counselor to student ratio is 470:1. It is impossible for school based counselors to take their personal time to sit with each and every student and guide them in their college search and planning. Working with an IEC gives the student and family personalized attention and time in this process.

pic Reduce Stress and Anxiety

We understand that students and parents experience a wide range of emotions during this time of education and college planning. We are not just a consultant but a personal counselor to guide you through a difficult time and help the student and family make well-planned and informed decisions.

pic2Placement Expertise for LD

For students with learning disabilities, we understand the concerns that parents may have for their child how they will excel in school. We will guide parents in understanding the IEP (individual education plan) and 504 plans. For high school students heading off to college, we will help research schools that provide learning disabilities services appropriate for their specific need.

pic1 Finding the Gray Areas

Education and college planning has become more complex over the years and there are a lot of gray areas that families can miss. We continue to advance our knowledge within a field that is constantly evolving and changing by staying as a member of professional organizations, attending conferences, visiting schools, and networking with college representatives as needed. We stay on top of current news on education trends, technology, and financial aid.



Which grade level do you work with?

We work with all grade levels K-12.

Is there a fee for a first meeting?

No. There is a no obligation 30 minute consultation free of charge to all first time clients.

How do you meet with clients?

We meet with clients in the comfort of their own home (San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, surrounding Los Angeles region) Skype, Facetime, Zoom, phone/email, or a neutral meeting location.

What should I anticipate for in the first meeting?

The first initial meeting is usually for the student’s parents/ guardians. If parents/guardians wish, the student may attend together. During this meeting, we will gather information about student’s past and present curriculum, placement and accommodations (for students with learning disabilities), and future goals and aspirations for college. We gather information to strategize on the best plan on how to move forward for the family’s current situation. From there, we will inform parents about the range of services options available. Parents/guardians and student who attend the first meeting are encouraged to come with a list of questions they already have in mind.

What items are due before beginning services?

All first time clients must have an initial meeting (phone, video chat, or in person) with the consultant to make sure we are a good fit for each other and that the timeline for college planning is feasible. Should the family decide to work with us, we will have applications, agreement forms, and handouts available at the meeting to sign and go over the service(s) selected in detail. Clients outside of the Los Angeles region must scan and submit all signed documents via email. 

I don’t live in the Los Angeles region. Is there a way I can still get services?

For clients not living in the surrounding Los Angeles region, we can implement services using skype/zoom and phone. For international students, please inquire first in our contact page.

What are your payment terms?

Our rates are reflective of our education and training. Our services are completed either by a package, hourly, or workshop course. All services are paid in full and are nonrefundable once agreement forms are signed. Please inquire our services & fee schedule in our contact page.

Products Shipping

Orders are processed between 1-2 business days of purchase after cleared payment and shipping address confirmation. We ship using USPS media mail which takes 2-9 business days for delivery.

Products Returns & Refunds

Products may be returned within 7 days of your item delivered date as long as the product is unused and unaltered. After 7 days, items are final sale. Refunds will be given in the original form of payment. Return shipping will not be refunded. Please email info@theschoolkey.org to start a return.

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