College Planning at Parker Education
We believe that effective college planning not only guides students through the college process, but also helps students define themselves as emerging adults. For many students, college planning may begin as early as freshman year, but we believe that sophomore spring or junior fall is the ideal time to begin this work in earnest.
We offer families affordable, flexible programs ranging from hourly to comprehensive.
Our most comprehensive program includes:
- Initial consultation to discuss student’s academic profile, standardized testing needs, and passions and aspirations.
- Development of college-visit list.
- Guidance and strategies for applications: planning appropriate high-school coursework; building an academic, extracurricular, and personal profile; refining college list.
- Three preliminary sessions of SAT or ACT tutoring.
- College-interview strategies and practice interviews.
- Essay sessions to brainstorm essay topics and approaches.
- Detailed reports after each meeting and regular check-ins with student.
Our team offers a wide range of experience in admissions planning, teaching, high-school placement, athletic recruiting, writing, editing, and tutoring. We’ve also seen our own children through multiple college processes and college-level athletic recruiting.
Dave Parker, MA, is the founder of Parker Education and Parker Academy. He has worked in education for more than thirty years, as an administrator at Bard College and Simon’s Rock College, and as a teacher at Independent Educational Associates and Society for the Protection of NH Forests. He holds degrees from Tufts University and the University of New Hampshire, and specialization certificates from Antioch University New England and Granite State College.
Kathleen O’Shea, IECA, has worked in education for twenty-five years. She has served as an admissions officer at Lawrence Academy and Middlesex School; as a placement advisor at Shaker Road School; as a homeroom teacher at Brookwood School; and as a lacrosse and field hockey coach for Middlesex School, Concord High School, and Bishop Brady High School.
Sarah McCraw Crow, MA, is an award-winning writer and editor whose articles, essays, and short stories have run in many publications, including BookPage, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Working Mother, Women’s Health, American Baby, Baby Talk, The Christian Science Monitor, and Hearst.com. She has worked as an editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, The Charlottesville Daily Progress, University of Virginia Health System, and several scientific journals.