Empowering the educational choices of young adults
Founded in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2003, Options Solutions was created to help students, ages 14 to 24, and their families explore and pursue educational and professional opportunities available to them during and after secondary school. Options Solutions is now a comprehensive educational consulting practice, with office locations in West Vancouver, South Granville and South Surrey.
Our Core Values
Our successes demonstrate our commitment to our clients. In the past two years, Options Solutions clients were accepted into over 45 Canadian universities, 90 American universities (including every Ivy League school), and 20 UK universities, and our specialized services assisted them in qualifying for over six million dollars in scholarships.
We provide an unparalleled client experience, which is accomplished through delivering thoughtfully tailored, individualized client management services. By training all of our employees to adopt the clients’ perspectives of their situations as the working reality and to acknowledge that students will pursue their paths in different ways, we have continued to grow our clientele as a mainly word-of-mouth business.
In the Media
Which campus location suits your style?
Selecting a campus location can be part of what makes a productive and positive experience for students, says Melinda Giampietro of Options Solutions Education Consultants.
Questions to ask when choosing a school
Choosing a school hinges on a family’s values and what would be the right fit for the child, stresses Ms. Giampietro, president and principal consultant with Options Solutions Educational Consultants, which has offices in West Vancouver, Vancouver and South Surrey.
Entrepreneur undeterred by knock-offs
Giampietro started Options Solutions Independent Educational Consultants in 2003 when saw that high school counsellors were having to spend more and more time on social and mental health issues and sharply less on career counselling.
Sports scholarships for US universities: Start preparing today! (pg. 21)
One of the most important things to remember during the recruitment process is to ask questions when you need help.
CBC Radio – BC Almanac – Education & Career Planning @ 23:13
Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, an assistant professor at UBC, and Sheila Duffy, director of the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, on postpartum anxiety and depression. Melinda Giampietro, president of Options Solutions, on career planning for students.
Information for applying to Canadian universities (pg. 46)
Universities use the supplement as a way to understand who the student is beyond his or her marks. It helps admission officers to answer questions such as: What will this candidate bring to the program and to our campus? Why is this student interested in pursuing a degree at our institution? Is the student well suited for their chosen field of study?
UK admissions: Why Canadians should consider the UK (pg. 74)
The UK system allows you to pursue your academic focus and passion from the very start and gives you the opportunity to plan your future studies by choosing a specific academic field of concentration.
Build confidence through competition
I started an educational consulting business twelve years ago, and in doing so, I also pioneered the industry in the Greater Vancouver area. As a lifelong educator, I take great pride in the ethics and support of my peers.
CBC Radio – BC Today – Post-secondary pressures @ 27:54
B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson, ERA Forest Products Research’s Kevin Mason and B.C. Council of Forest Industries’ Susan Yurkovich discuss sawmill closures. Options Solutions’ Melinda Giampietro talks about the transition after high school.
What our clients have to say
Our experience with Options Solutions was incredible. The knowledge and expertise you provided with regard to the various Canadian universities and their application processes was invaluable. Our daughter was able to enjoy the remainder of the school year knowing she had made the right choice!
We would highly recommend your services to anyone who has a child considering a post-secondary education.
Options Solutions is a company that benefits every high school student who walks through its doors.
Their team’s understanding of what is required to gain acceptance into post-secondary institutions is outstanding! My husband and I have recommended Options Solutions to many of our friends. Every single one of them has thanked us!