Parents and students frequently make the mistake of using:
- Name recognition,
- SAT scores,
- Facilities, and
- The perspective of friends and others
to conclude that school A is better than school B. These are all flawed metrics and will not tell you which school is best for your child.
A shoe can be made by a top designer with the best material and carry the best name, but if you try the shoe on and it doesn’t fit, that pair of shoes is not for you. The school matching process is like finding the pair of shoes that comfortably fit your child’s feet.
Things like rankings, acceptance rates, test scores, and prestige can be a factor when selecting a college but we vehemently do not believe that these factors are more important than “fit” and “match”.
If a family believes that rankings, acceptance rates, test scores, prestige, or the opinions of others are more important than “match” and “fit” then our advice is that you do not hire our firm. There are other counseling groups that emphasize status over match. A lot of the time they will put the word “Ivy” right in their name. If that is your worldview you are likely to be frustrated by us and we are likely to be deflated as well because we believe in our core the concept of finding the school is analogous to finding the right pair of shoes in the sense that “fit trumps fame”.
We are not anti-prestige or anti-selective schools. We have kids at virtually all of the most selective schools in the country, but we recommended those schools because they were the right “fit” for that child, even though they could be a terrible fit for that child’s sibling.
We think it is important when considering whether to hire us, who we are NOT a good match for, as well as those who we are a good match for. It is very important that parents accept our core belief of “fit over fame”. If you have any questions about our counseling worldview, please reach out to us to discuss this further.