20 Reasons Why Options Solutions is Special


For our 20th anniversary, I thought I’d share 20 tidbits about what makes Options Solutions a special place for our families:

  1. We initiated and helped to create and build the educational consulting industry in British Columbia and Canada.
  2. We have admission expertise in Canada, the US, and the UK.
  3. We welcome all students, and we meet them where they are.
  4. We create safe spaces to ask important questions and have informed dialogue. Every conversation is uniquely customized for each student and each moment.
  5. We help reduce anxiety and save time for our families, parents and children alike. We bring the temperature down in the post-secondary conversation between students and parents.
  6. We understand that every family has unique needs, concerns, and questions and that every student’s path is different.
  7. We set action plans at each meeting, so our steps are clear and definable.
  8. We focus on values and fit when finding a post-secondary institution, not just ranking.
  9. We work as a team of professionals with depth, dimension, and expertise. When you come to Options, you get the power of a full team who has been in educational consulting for decades.
  10. We do regular professional development. We train on ADHD, Autism, learning differences, IEPs, and psycho-ed assessments. We are in touch with individual program and diversity services departments at universities.
  11. We are dynamic; we hunt for the latest information. We visit universities and colleges across the country to get to know each campus. Universities and colleges trust us.
  12. We understand every school is different and has different requirements; what works for UBC application essays won’t work for Queen’s.
  13. We help students build authentic extra-curricular profiles with depth and dimension. We build profiles over time.
  14. We coach students in finding their own, unique stories for university applications; they maintain ownership of their written work.
  15. We model professionalism, boundary setting, respect, and agency. Students grow as people in our process.
  16. We don’t do packages; instead, we earn our reputation appointment by appointment.
  17. We do pro bono work in our community. We distribute valuable information to all families through our free PAC talks, webinars, blog, and Instagram account.
  18. We don’t just focus on getting students in, but instead, on getting them prepared for success in post-secondary. 
  19. We see our families through to the end result, helping them decide between multiple offers and university course selection. Plus, we offer services on how to thrive in post-secondary, as well as university level writing workshops.
  20. We care about customer service; we follow up and build partnerships with our client families. We have fun, and we help families with grace and good humour (our favourite tagline).

We help you navigate the complex post-secondary selection process in Canada, the United States, the UK and abroad.

We construct progressive action plans for the future, based on each student’s individual strengths, values, and interests.