About Barbara

Barbara K. Leventhal is a lifetime educator and mentor with more than 30 years of experience in education. Specializing in educational counseling, she draws on her experience as a teacher, reading specialist, division director, and director of admissions at various public and independent schools.

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Frequent visits to colleges and boarding schools give Barbara first-hand and first-rate information about top educational trends. Leventhal is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and National Association of College Admissions Counselors.


“I’ve never met a student I didn’t like. I have worked with middle and high school students continuously since the day I graduated from college. I wake up every day excited to learn what’s new and how I can apply that to what I do.”


Every student has a unique set of interests and skills that can be cultivated by empowering the student to make a correlation to real world experiences. “My job is to help students explore who they are, where they are going and how they will get there. My goal is to put college and career planning in the context of the student’s life by inspiring middle and high school students to inquire about the possibilities for the future, but most importantly by teaching them to PLAN TO ACHIEVE.”

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Real life rarely asks multiple choice questions.

—Barbara Chow, Education Director, Hewlett Foundation

Affiliations and Accreditation

Barbara is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants AssociationNational Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the Small Boarding Schools Association.