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Posts by Christy Haven

Mindfulness in Action

Last week I spoke on a panel at IECA–Independent Educational Consultants Association(http://iecaonline.com) in Chicago. Such a great experience and important topic. Mindfulness in Action Panel Will White, Summit Achievement…See More IECAONLINE.COM Welcome to IECA – The process for finding the right school, college, or program for your child is one of the most important decisions……

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SSAT vs. ISEE

As a Seattle area Educational Consultant, I’m often asked by parents which standardized their child should take for admission to independent schools. This is a great article about the differences and similarities. This article is sponsored by Test Innovators, which offers advanced online test prep. Although private and boarding schools offer families compelling programs and advantages,…

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Independent School Admission Parent Essay

      The admissions season has begun! One aspect of the independent school admissions application process is the Parent Essay. This can be a daunting experience for parents but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips for writing an essay that really illustrates why the particular school is the best fit for…

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How to choose the “right fit” school for your child

Interesting article about choosing the “right fit” school for your child.   As an Independent Educational Consultant, I’m always helping parents decide what is most important to them when they choosing a school for their child.  There are common themes but ultimately, each client I work with has different criteria they look for when looking…

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Redshirting

  ‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets By SHARON HOLBROOK  JANUARY 7, 2015 3:30 PM Last week we had our 4-year-old’s parent-teacher conference. She’s in pre-K, turning 5 next summer, and so one of her teacher’s first questions for us was, “What are you thinking about kindergarten?” We’ve been here before. She’s our family’s third…

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What to look for when choosing a school for your child

Here are some things to look for when trying to choose a school for your child: 1. How does the community feel? Is it a place you can see your family? If it’s an elementary school, do you feel like it’s “your community?” In elementary school, many of the parents will become your friends so…

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Tips for the admissions application process

Stress Free School Selection: Top Tips from an Education Consultant 10/04/16 By Sarina Behar Natkin   It’s school shopping season and we want to make sure you have all the information you need to feel supported in your school search. Our last post featured an interview with college admissions counselor Heather Parry, helping us put college…

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Testimonial: Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, www.sarinanatkin.com

As a parent and educator, I am very aware of how stressful education decisions can be for families, and I highly recommend Christy Haven to anyone navigating this complex world. In addition to her extensive knowledge of area schools, her calm and caring demeanor helps decrease anxiety as families strive to find the right fit…

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Testimonial: Joan Beauregard, Head of School, Hamlin Robinson School

I have always known Christy to be dedicated to the students and families with whom she works.  She devotes a lot of time and energy to helping families understand the admissions process and to understanding the mission and programs of the various public, independent and religious schools.  Christy approaches each situation with an individualized plan…

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