SMN Statement


The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) of which Savannah Educational Consultants are members, are committed to helping families find the most appropriate college for their students and assist families in navigating the application process. Following a comprehensive code of ethics, IECA members are professionals who understand and adhere to high ethical standards in all their interactions with clients and institutions and are compensated by and work exclusively on behalf of their client families.

In response to the breaking news of an FBI probe and Justice Department charges for 50 people—college officials from elite institutions, wealthy parents, coaches, and others—in a long-running admissions bribery scheme, IECA CEO Mark Sklarow said, “The charges presented today exemplify the intense anxiety that even some wealthy parents feel about their children being admitted to their preferred colleges.”


Savannah Educational Consultants keep the following guidelines in mind when guiding their students:

  • The college search and application process should be a fun and exciting time for students and their families. If anyone in any setting is exerting pressure or causing undue anxiety and pressure, be cautious. If you are told someone has “inside” information, can pull strings, provide shortcuts to admission, or give you a special advantage (for a fee or otherwise), you are being misled.
  • There are many great postsecondary options for every student, and no student should be made to feel that they must become something they are not to get accepted. The “best” school is the school that fits a student academically, socially, and financially. Being and presenting one’s authentic self and demonstrating one’s own talents and abilities is a way of ensuring the right college fit. This is central to what an ethical independent educational consultant does.
  • The vast majority of admissions officers, school counselors, and IECs are ethical and compassionate professionals who dedicate their careers to advising students and families.


Savannah Educational recommends that you should always hire only educational consultants who are members of the proper professional organizations (NACAC, IECA, HECA, AICEP) These individuals are committed to abide by the most stringent ethical standards and are solely concerned with the student’s wellbeing. All the college counselors at Savannah Educational Consultants provide professional services in the most ethical manner according to the guidelines of NACAC, IECA, HECA and AICEP.



Helese Sandler is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), a professional member of IECA, HECA and NACAC. She is a co-founder of Savannah Educational Consultants.