Frequently Asked Questions
The earlier you start the process, the better. We offer college planning group services as early as freshman year. Our individual services generally start during sophomore year for student-athletes and junior year for all other students.
No. Although working with prospective Division I, II and III athletes in all sports is our specialty, we also counsel many students who do not play a sport or who are only interested in participating in club or intramural athletics in college.
Our individual services are primarily geared toward high school students and their families planning for college. In addition, we advise middle school students and families on the independent day/boarding school search and application process. We also provide career counseling for college students and adults.
Our group services are tailored to students and athletes and are also offered to parents, coaches and club sports organizations at the youth, high school and college level.
We define success by providing students with options so that they may make informed decisions about their future. We do this by identifying colleges that best fit students academically, socially, and athletically, and then guide them in highlighting their strengths in the college application process. We cannot guarantee acceptance or athletic placement at specific colleges.
We generally hold individual meetings throughout the week in the afternoons and evenings. We also offer daytime appointments during the summer. The frequency of meetings depends on the service and start date.
Most of our meetings take place in our office in Wakefield, MA (607 North Avenue, Door 14, 2nd Floor). For convenience, we also have the capability of meeting remotely through Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
Although parents are welcome to attend each meeting, it is not a requirement. Our staff will send a summary email after each meeting to keep parents updated on our progress.
Our expertise lies in guiding students and families in preparing for their future. Services include:
- Career Counseling
- College Search and Application Advising
- Student-Athlete Advising
- Independent Day/Boarding School Search and Application Advising
- Camps, Showcases and Group Seminars
For financial planning and investing as well as standardized test preparation, we refer our students and families to trusted colleagues.
Our prices vary depending on the needs of each student. We offer comprehensive packages, single service options, group services and individual hourly consultations. For more details, please contact us.
No, we are independent educational consultants who emphasize academic fit first and foremost. Although we do specialize in guiding student-athletes through the athletic-recruiting process, we do not do it for them. We do not represent student-athletes, nor do we promote any one particular college athletic program. Our focus is strictly on the overall best interest of the student-athlete academically, socially and athletically.
Kim Penney spoke to 100+ players and their parents at our Best of the Best Basketball Showcase and was outstanding. Kim was a scholarship level player herself but chose Tufts (a non-scholarship D3 school) for academic and basketball reasons so she knows both ends of the sports recruiting spectrum. She is a former high school coach with guidance counselor experience who I have always found to be a high quality individual who “does the right thing.” Her personality and experience make her perfectly suited to help all individuals find the right college fit…she’s someone I highly recommend!