AN EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT An independent educational consultant (IEC) is a resource for the student and his/her family in navigating the complex process of selecting, preparing, positioning and applying to schools, colleges and universities. A legitimate consultant is the student’s advocate by helping to make the right match, assuring that appropriate schools are chosen and the student’s qualifications are presented optimally. A qualified consultant is a professional member of the IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association).

We believe that students can benefit from our advice as early as the 8th grade to ensure that academic performance is optimized, time is well utilized and engagement in the school and community is balanced and healthy. For boarding school placement, it is best to start planning a year in advance.


  • Families needing professional guidance for their children’s educational planning
  • College-bound, university and transfer students
  • Parents seeking an Independent School option for their child
  • Students requiring specialized programs in such areas as intensive English, gifted or learning disabilities and interim or gap year opportunities
  • Families living outside the United States requiring assistance in planning school visits and navigating the admission process

Our Team

ALAN HAAS, founder and Managing Partner of Educational Futures, has over 35 years of experience counseling students and their parents. An alumnus of Wesleyan University (CT), Alan holds two graduate degrees from Harvard University, where he studied counseling, psychology and educational administration. He is a former principal of two leading American secondary schools and served as Deputy Director General of the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. Alan is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, The Headmasters Association and a Board Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Alan was honored with the Steven R. Antonoff Award for Professional Achievement at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) May, 2017 Conference in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an IECA professional who has distinguished him or herself by their outstanding contributions to the profession of independent educational consulting.

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CAROLYN KALAHAR has been providing administrative support for Educational Futures consultants, students and families for over two decades. Carolyn has recently been appointed a Partner for her countless contributions to the high standard of performance that we offer our students and families.