Welcome To Our Blog

The purpose of the blog is to explore ideas within education and to promote discourse about them. We plan to hit timely issues and hot topics, to dispel educational urban legends, and to have a bit of fun. We understand that navigating post-secondary choices can be cumbersome and overwhelming- we have instituted the blog to help. We will have guest bloggers (experts in various arenas of education), adolescent bloggers (those in the trenches), and others who have a valid opinion to add. We welcome your ideas for blog topics. Please feel free to submit them in the Suggest a Blog Section of the Home Page.


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Options Solutions’ Services


Options Solutions' Services

  • Post-Secondary Planning
  • University and College Admission and Application Assistance
  • Test Prep (SAT, ACT, PSAT)
  • Scholarships
  • Interest, Career, and Personality Surveys
  • Student Athlete Recruitment

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List of Universities

List of Universities

List of Universities

Canadian Universities and Colleges:
University of Alberta, BCIT, Bishops, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Capilano University, Carleton University, Emily Carr, University of Guelph, McGill, See more Canadian Universities and Colleges…

American Universities and Colleges:
Amherst, Boston College, Brown, Bowdoin, Carnegie Mellon, University of California (all campuses), University of Chicago, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, Middlebury, New York University, See more American Universities and Colleges… […]

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“Melinda Giampietro was absolutely what our daughter needed to inspire her and help her to see all the possibilities that were available to her. Melinda took away all the intimidation of post secondary education and helped to create a strategy to put our daughter’s plans in motion. From the first meeting I noticed a change in our daughter, she no longer seemed to be so “stressed out” by the future and was actually looking forward to it! Melinda is now working with our son, helping him to choose courses for grade twelve that will fall in line with his future plans. I can not think of a more valuable and supportive program than Options Solutions. Melinda has an absolute gift for working with young adults, I only wish we knew about her sooner!”
– P.R., Vancouver

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Featured Articles

Featured Articles

Canadian Interest
University Enrollment

Ontario Boosts Medical School Spaces Across Province

American Interest
Jobless Grad Sues College for 70G Tuition

America’s 50 Best Colleges- Forbes Ranking

International Interest
Australia Sees Big Jump in International Enrollments

INDIA: Government plans 14 innovation universities

Sport Interest
SFU first Canadian school in NCAA

Canadian varsity teams barred from joining US league

Adolescent Interest
Culture, not biology, underpins math gender gap

Teens on Social Networks


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About Us

Considering Law School? Attend Our Law School 101 Workshop!

The path to law school requires careful planning and identifying the “right” school involves consideration of a student’s interests and career aspirations. This three-hour workshop is geared towards students planning to apply to law school. It will cover the following topics:

  • Career considerations
  • Becoming a lawyer – the process
  • Law school options – what different law schools offer
  • Exploration of courses of study and “fit”
  • LSAT goals, oversight, and preparation recommendations
  • Law school admission and application assistance

This session will be taught by Kerry Sheppard, Options Solutions’ Law School Education Consultant. Kerry has the experience and perspective to help students assess the pros and cons of a legal career, to identify their law school options, and to navigate the admissions process. From his many years as a lawyer and recruiter, he has significant knowledge about law schools in Canada and abroad, and a unique insight about the opportunities available to students thinking about a career in law. Click here for more information.


Options Solutions is now open in South Surrey!

In order to meet the growing needs of our client base, Options Solutions has opened a South Surrey office location at #210 – 15252 32nd Ave in the Morgan Creek Corporate Center. New and current clients have the option of meeting with our educational consultants and writing coaches at our new space. Please watch our website for updates about our official open house in the new year.


Options Solutions Wins 2013 West Vancouver Small Business of the Year Award!

West Vancouver Chamber of CommerceOptions Solutions is extremely excited and incredibly honoured to be recognized by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 West Vancouver Small Business of the Year. As the business celebrates its 10th year of operation, we are grateful to all our clients who have helped us continue to grow as a strictly word-of-mouth business and have helped us continue to provide educational and career counselling to students and young adults.

Options Solutions Red Binder


The Red Binder is the trademark of Options Solutions. We use the red binder as an interactive tool for our students and as a resource guide for our families. Click here to learn more.

How We Can Help You:

Options Solutions is a full service educational consulting company that helps students, ages 14-24, make a broad range of educational decisions. We help all students! With our assistance, students have gained acceptance to McGill, Harvard and Cambridge, but equally as important, they have also gained admission to their dream colleges, professional, culinary and trade schools. We welcome all students and their families to our practice. Our main areas of expertise include: adolescent career counselling, post-secondary advising (including Canada, US and the UK), and educational support services (study skills, essay writing). We also assist student athletes and provide comprehensive SAT/ACT prep. Click here for a full list of FAQs.

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