We believe that effective college planning not only guides students through the complicated and confusing 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.
  • Sessions to brainstorm essay topics and approaches.
  • Detailed reports after each meeting and regular check-ins with student.

Whether your student is looking for ongoing guidance throughout the four years of high school or more limited meetings, we can help. We take an individual approach with each student, and we’re happy to answer any questions about our college planning program. Please contact us at 228-4209 or or


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.

Sarah McCraw Crow, MA, has written about parenting and families for Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Parenting, Working Mother, Women’s Health, American Baby, The Christian Science Monitor, and other magazines. Her short fiction has won awards from Stanford Alumni Magazine, Good Housekeeping, So to Speak, and New Letters. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Stanford University.