GPS recognizes that every student is unique and focuses on finding the right fit college or secondary program where your child will be successful. Our goal is to work closely with your child to take the stress off of your family. We start with understanding the student’s educational profile through meetings with the family and student, as well as conducting an in-depth review of the student’s academic records, educational testing, and IEP/504 plan. We then develop a list of schools and/or transition programs based on the student’s specific needs and preferences.
We have visited and researched college campuses throughout the country to develop an understanding and solid knowledge base of the different types of accommodations and support programs. We meet with admission officers and explore the various supports available to students, such as tutoring, academic coaching, writing, accommodations, and counseling. Our insight into the nuances of each program allows us to find the best fit for your child. We provide advice on test optional schools, documentation required for support at the college level, how the accommodations process in high school differs from college, and whether students should identify their learning differences on their application or essay.
Many students we work with struggle with executive function, organization, time management, advocacy, note-taking, and test-taking skills. GPS collaborates with tutors, academic/executive function coaches, and psychologists to work with students while in high school in order to plan and prepare for the transition to college. We recognize that some students may not be ready to embark on the college journey directly from high school. We recommend transition and gap year programs that provide appropriate support to help students develop competence, maturity, and experience.
Beth founded GPS College Consulting, LLC with the goal of helping students with learning differences navigate their path to higher education. Beth’s approach is to work closely with her students’ families to take the stress out of the college search process and help students find a place where they feel comfortable to learn, mature, and ultimately find personal success. As a caring mentor and advocate, Beth believes that every student should have the opportunity to pursue higher education and that learning differences are not a barrier to success.
Beth spent many years advocating in the K-12 special education arena and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate of Essex County, which serves the needs of children in the foster care system. Beth is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She is also a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and a board member of Children Aiding Children, a non-profit serving the needs of children with mental illnesses.
She holds a BA in English from SUNY Binghamton and a JD from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Beth practiced as a litigator for many years before finding her passion in GPS College Consulting.