A Career Choice Inspired by Real Life Experience
While searching for colleges with her own daughters, Charlotte became acutely aware of the struggles and stress young people and their parents go through during the college planning, selection and admissions process. She realized that many families needed professional, knowledgeable guidance. Her previous business background as a manager with a blue-chip Fortune 500 company, her experience as a school teacher, and her real-life experience inspired her to enter the field of educational consulting.
In 1995, Charlotte founded College Consulting Services, based in MetroWest Massachusetts. She successfully built her business over the next 15 years, educating the members of her community on the need for and the benefit of using an independent educational consultant in their search for the right college fit for their children. She eventually sold that business, relocated to Maryland, and launched Klaar College Consulting in 2010.
A Certified Educational Planner with more than 20 years of experience, Charlotte was honored with the Steven R. Antonoff Award for Professional Achievement at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Spring Conference in Boston, MA on Friday, May 6, 2016.
The award was created to recognize an IECA professional who has distinguished him or herself by their outstanding contributions to the profession of independent college consulting.
A Life-long Learner Committed to Helping Other Students Succeed
Charlotte holds a BA in liberal studies from the University of the State of New York, a teaching certificate from William Paterson University, a MS in interdisciplinary science studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in general psychology from Capella University. Her graduate work was focused in the area of family psychology and she is well-versed in the issues facing teens and their parents.
Charlotte consistently strives to keep her professional knowledge up-to-date by visiting colleges nationwide, attending conferences and keeping up on changes in her profession.
- Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
- Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- American Institute of Certified Educational Planners
- Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
- National College Advocacy Group (NCAG)
- National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
- Loudon County Parents of Gifted Students
- Maryland School Counselors Association
- The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Frederick County, Maryland
- The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, in Westborough, Massachusetts
Charlotte is a Certified Educational Planner and a respected member of the IECA. She previously served the IECA as a Board Member and as chair of the Board Development Committee. Charlotte has also served as an instructor in IECA’s Summer Training Institute (formerly Practices and Principles Training Institute) for a number of years, and has twice served as Chair of the Institute.
She formerly taught in the College Counseling program at UCLA Extension and the Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting at UC-Irvine. She has also taught at Assumption College in its Masters in School Counseling program.
Charlotte has been trained to administer and interpret the Holland Self-Directed Search (SDS), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII).
Why Parents and Students Love Klaar
Charlotte utilizes a no-nonsense, no-excuses style as she works with students to make the college search, application and essay process a delightful adventure of self-discovery and growth. Along the way, she helps students learn to make more informed decisions and to own the college search process.
Students trust Charlotte, respect her knowledge and experience and they work hard to meet their assignments and deadlines.
Additionally, we understand how stressful the whole process can be and act as a buffer between you and your student.
She also understands the importance of knowing your student and family well enough to create a college career path for your student’s unique goals and strengths.
In short, she can help your student achieve his or her dreams for their college and career!
From LB in Boylston MA: “Thank you for your assistance back when we needed it most. I feel both of my sons benefited greatly from your wisdom, and I know that their mother survived the college application process with intact loving relationships because of your skills and commitments to these young men.”
From Sylvia P. Israel, JD – Academic Dean, Loudoun School for the Gifted, VA: “At the beginning of second semester, Dr. Charlotte Klaar joined the LSG family to provide academic and college guidance to our middle and high school students. Dr. Klaar’s ability to help students and their families navigate the college search and application process provides peace of mind and promotes informed and strategic decision making to create more options in the future.
She helps students shape their summer experiences and develop a sense of self-awareness and self-confidence that allows them to reach their academic goals. Dr. Klaar is aware of the ever-changing college admission environment, and she is able to help students identify schools that will be the best fit for their personal and academic needs.
Her insightful feedback and years of experience in the fields of academic and college admission counseling is an invaluable resource for students and families at Loudoun School for the Gifted.”
From Susan Talbott – Executive Director, Loudoun School for the Gifted, VA: “Mastery and expertise is always the goal when bringing a teacher or professional into our community here at Loudoun School for the Gifted.
After researching and interviewing the top college consultants in the Washington DC area, we determined that Dr. Klaar has the right combination of experience, knowledge and commitment to individual students.
She understands the importance of knowing each student and family well enough to create a college career path that is not cookie cutter, but rather serves the unique goals and strengths of each student. We are overwhelmed with the dedication she has shown in working with our community, as well as her expertise in the ever-changing world of college admissions.”
From grateful student A. Nelson, MD: “I didn’t know much about the college application process and was unsure where to start, so I turned to Klaar College Consulting for help. After speaking with Charlotte, I knew I wanted to work with her. She has been very supportive throughout the whole process. She helped me see what colleges were out there and guided me in the right direction. I couldn’t have done all the work without Charlotte’s help! I would have been lost without her guidance.”
From a proud parent of J. Robins, MD: “I have two older kids, so I’ve been through the college application process before, and it requires a lot of time and effort. Charlotte is working directly with Jacob so he owns the process. Working separately from us has taken a lot of pressure off him and has really helped him mature. It was helpful to work with someone who has such a wide range of knowledge and personal experience with many colleges. We have greatly benefited from Charlotte’s experience and time commitment. No stone was left unturned.”
From the proud parents of Carolyn W., MD: “Essays are not about facts and figures – they’re about the student. Charlotte helped Carolyn discover her inner passion which brought out her creativity and personality in her essay – a guidance counselor with 500 students wouldn’t have done that. Charlotte helped us understand what was important to highlight about our daughter’s strengths and accomplishments in her college applications – and that’s what got her accepted!”
From the parents of A.C., Southboro MA: “…given the necessary guidance, he was able to show his talents and accomplishments in the best possible light. … He feels very confident in his choice of schools. … We are very grateful for all your help and support. We’ll let you know when the next two kids are ready!”
From M., who attended Quinnipiac University, Connecticut: “You are one of the friendliest people to work with and never gave less than 110% for me all of the time. Thanks for everything!! Quinnipiac, here I come!”
The parents of M.G. in MA wrote: “Your ability to simplify the process as well as your talent to clearly understand [his] needs was most invaluable. … He feels that he is a good fit with the size of the school and that it has a great deal to offer him. … Thank you again for being such an important person in [his] young life and in two years [our daughter] will be ready for your wise counsel!”
P.M.’s mother in MA described herself as “a very pleased client” and wrote: “I’m not so sure he’d be at the college of his choice if it hadn’t been for you. … What a saint! Not only did you take [him] under your wing, you also made my life easier. … He listened to you, respected what you told him, and got the job done. You have such a way with young adults.”
From D.C., a MA student who attended the Massachusetts College of Art: “Before I knew it I was putting my portfolio together. … It would have been close to impossible to get where I am without you.”
From the father of N.P. in Rockville MD: “The resources that you had at your disposal were amazing. … All I had to do was mention a particular school and you could provide some insight. … I would be happy to recommend your services to any of our friends.”