Clare Anderson specializes in helping families arrive at educational solutions across all ages. As a trained counselor, Clare views the school search process as a unique opportunity to reexamine each child’s individual academic and emotional growth needs. She is passionate about working with families in seeking schools that support a child’s learning experience while appropriately preparing for future professional endeavors.
Clare received her B.A. in art history from Washington and Lee University in 1991 and earned her M.Ed. in counselor education at the University of Virginia in 1996. While in graduate school, Clare worked in two public middle schools, facilitating counseling groups and assisting students with academic and emotional issues. After graduation, she served as the Upper School Counselor at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. As is the case for most counselors at independent day schools, she assumed many additional responsibilities during her tenure including the development of substance abuse awareness programs and serving on the middle and upper school admissions committees. In 1999, Clare became a placement counselor and later director of college recruiting with Independent Educational Services (IES). While at IES, Clare traveled extensively, visiting schools and conducting interviews with graduate-level program candidates.
In 2010, Clare founded her own placement practice concentrating on both day and boarding schools. Clare is a Certified Education Planner (CEP) and member of a number of professional organizations including the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) where she serves on its Schools Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER). Clare grew up in Houston and Washington, DC, and attended the National Cathedral School, and is a graduate of the Pomfret School in Connecticut.