End to end services for families interested in pursuing residential and day schooling options.

Students in Class 5-12

We help families understand the objectives and benefits different schooling systems to decide what is right for them.

Our consultants will help families articulate goals in relation to country of study, board systems and other considerations. We will help you select the school, geography and curriculum that best fits your goals, personality and budget.

When it comes time to complete the application process, we will work with you every step of the way from reviewing your form inputs, and brainstorming essay responses to providing interview preparation.

School Services At-a-Glance

  • Counselling
  • School selection
  • School application registration
  • Liaising with student & schools
  • Arranging school visits
  • Test scheduling (school-specific)
  • Exam invigilation as required
  • Essay brainstorming, review & editing
  • Letters of recommendation advice
  • Review of application forms

Highlights 2018-19

80+ relationships built

with boarding schools located in Canada | India | Singapore | Switzerland | Thailand | UK | US

Provided end-to-end support for families

considering boarding schools form all over India Contacting Schools | Organising Visits | Applications and Essay Support | Interview Preparation | School Selection

Helped students and parents make informed decisions

Finding their 'best fit' boarding school


Visit before you decide: Is boarding school right for your child?

Visit before you decide: Is boarding school right for your child?

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What to do after 10th?

What to do after 10th?

I realize September is not normally the time students think about plans after class 10 exams, but if you are considering studying abroad either in 11th or after 12th, there are some things you may need to plan for now. Once your 10th exam results start to come in...


After eight incredible years in India, we were planning to return to Silicon Valley in northern California. Schooling for our two daughters (6th grade and 9th grade) was our primary area of concern and we had a list of questions: How should we consider options? What are the trade-offs between public and private schools? What are the admissions and application processes? We are very grateful to Kavita, Kim, Namita and the whole team at The Red Pen for being such great partners in helping us navigate this crucial part of our journey. Both of our daughters were offered admission to The Harker School, the #2 ranked K-12 school in the US, and their #1 choice amongst the shortlist; we said “yes” in a heartbeat.

-Kirthiga Reddy
Global Client Partner and Emerging Markets Lead, Facebook

Former Managing Director, Facebook India and South Asia


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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?