(805) 845-9444

l.hamilton@schoolfinders.com

Why Use An Educational Consultant
Educational Consultants: Investing in your future.

Choosing the right school is one of life’s most important decisions.


Next to your house, your child’s education may be the biggest investment you ever make. Studies show that success in college is the single most important factor in securing a successful career and future. Today, there are more college and secondary school options than ever before. For many, the pressure-filled decision-making process concerning their child’s future educational direction can be stressful and confusing.

An educational consultant can help!


At this critical time in your child’s life, getting the right advice can be difficult. Expert help is readily available from a specialized, professional independent educational consultant. Their combination of expertise and personal attention can make an enormous difference in the quality of your child’s future education.

Choosing the right consultant.


According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the best way to choose an educational consultant is on the basis of experience. At Hamilton & Associates, our staff has over 60 years experience in high school guidance counseling and educational consulting, including placement in college and preparatory schools, remedial, summer, and special needs programs. Our company has helped over 2500 families find and gain admission to the right school or program for their student.


Families searching for external counseling services should ask the following types of questions before enlisting the services of an independent counselor:

Do you have counseling experience or certification?


Lynn Hamilton brings more than 35 years of experience as teacher and a professional Educational Consultant. Lynn established her practice in 1982 and worked in New York and Connecticut prior to relocating to California in 1985. She has placed more than 2500 students in schools, colleges and special needs programs in every region of the U.S. as well as Europe, Australia and Asia and her experience and reputation are nationally recognized. Lynn has an undergraduate and graduate degree in education, as well as certification in learning disabilities, with continuing education in counseling.

How long have you been an independent counselor?


Lynn began her experience in educational counseling in 1981.

How long has this counseling center been functioning?


Hamilton & Associates was established in1984.

Do you have experience in a high school or college?


Lynn has been college counseling in public and private schools on both the East and West coasts, as well as assisting in application review with several private colleges.

When did you last work on a high school or college campus?


Lynn has consistently worked on high school campuses and currently consults with a local private school.

Are you familiar with the academic program in my high school?


Lynn maintains comprehensive knowledge of both public and private institutions’ academic profiles.

Do you visit college campuses regularly?


Lynn travels extensively throughout the United States and internationally visiting schools, programs and universities to evaluate their environments and curricula.

Have you attended conferences, college counseling institutes or workshops?


Lynn regularly attends Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), The Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Lynn also attends National Association of College Admission Counseling(NACAC), SAT, ACT and College Board conferences throughout the year, as well as numerous certified conferences and seminars, often as a speakers.

What professional organizations do you belong to as a college counselor?


Lynn Hamilton is the only area Consultant with long standing membership of all these professional organizations: Certified Educational Planner (CEP); Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Former Member of the Board, and Ethics Committee; National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC); Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC); Association of Educational Therapists (AET); National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP); Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) The only qualified Flex-Test administrator on the Central Coast; Lifetime Credential as California Community College Special Education Instructor; Gap Year Association. Lynn is a founding Member of the IECA Foundation, dedicated to identifying and supporting programs that have significant impact on students and their educational environments. She is a former Member of the Board of Governors of Westover School.

Do you keep in touch with former clients?


Yes, Lynn enjoys keeping in touch with former students and their families and hearing about their college experiences. She is always there to help with any of her students’ postgraduate interests.



"Success in college has helped me achieve more than an education. I discovered a love of Geology… and am thrilled to have been accepted by the Peace Corps."

Ellie Meyer
Colorado College

Lynn Hamilton is the only area Consultant with long standing membership of all these professional organizations:

  • Certified Educational Planner (CEP)
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Former Member of the Board, and Ethics Committee
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
  • Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC
  • Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP)
  • Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) The only qualified Flex-Test administrator on the Central Coast
  • Lifetime Credential as California Community College Special Education Instructor
  • Gap Year Association
Lynn is a founding Member of the IECA Foundation, dedicated to identifying and supporting programs that have significant impact on students and their educational environments.

She is a former Member of the Board of Governors of Westover School.

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