“Is an expensive private high school education the only way to get the critical guidance students need and deserve?” A public school counselor in the U.S. now has an average caseload of 471 students, according to the American School Counselor Association. This combination of high caseloads, plus budget cuts, makes it difficult for public school students to navigate the college application process, and often, to compete with their private school peers.
Enter Mandee Heller Adler’s new book, From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources. In the book, the expert college counselor and founder of International College Counselorsprovides parents and students with the tools and resources they need to understand and navigate the college admissions process. Specifically addressing the needs of public school students and their families, it is an easy-to-follow guidebook that a student could use even without the help of an adult.
“There’s no magic. College planning is not only the college application, but the steps along the way,” says the Ivy League educated Adler.
Adler wrote the book she wanted when she was applying to schools. The book is quick and to the point. With the help of the book, students will be able to be their own best college counselors.
From Public School to the Ivy League offers advice on topics that include:
- Choosing high school courses
- Maximizing academic and extracurricular opportunities
- Finding the “right fit” college
- Getting summer jobs and internships
- Studying for and scheduling standardized tests
- Navigating social media
- Revealing the inside admissions process
“You can’t change the system, but you can change your approach,” adds Adler. “Parents don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on private school. They can easily gain the insight and understanding into the admissions process to be their student’s best college counselor.”
Adler understands the college admissions process is hard, but it’s hard for a reason. “Colleges are testing you. They want to know if you have what it takes and are a good fit for their school. The trick to completing the application process is to start early, to understand what is required, and to meet or exceed those expectations,” she shares. “The secret is you don’t need deep pockets or a private school education to reach the Ivy League. All you need is a little moxie, advanced planning and this book!”
Mandee Heller Adler is the Founder and Principal of International College Counselors, one of the world’s largest and most successful college and graduate school admissions counseling businesses. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors and two degrees before receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, all after attending a Florida-based public high school. Adler has personally helped hundreds of students across the world find, apply to, and gain acceptance into college. A member of NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and a professional member of the IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, she shares her insights and expertise in From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources.