We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

Check back here for upcoming events including Test Prep and Essay Camps!

Free Virtual Zoom or In Person Drop-in

Private 1/2 hour meetings

Please limit yourself to one 1/2 hour Drop-in per week so that we can help as many families as possible during this busy season!

  • Visit in person with an advisor on Tuesday at Hillcrest from 3:00 to 5:30
  • Visit in person with an advisor on Wednesday at the Downtown Y from 3:00 to 5:30  Sorry we will be closed Weds Jan 25th! Back next week.
  • Sign up for Zoom or in person at Hillcrest with Laura on Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:30 CLICK HERE
  • Sign up for Zoom with Sue on Thursday from 3:00-6:00 CLICK HERE

And here's how to connect if you can't come to a Zoom Drop-In, or want to schedule one outside of the above sessions:

  • Send us an email at info@stepaheadidaho.org
  •  Include:
    •  Your full name, year in school, and where you attend
    • What you need help with: a specific question, essay help, Common App, understanding SAT/ACT scores, financial aid information, how our services work
    • Step Ahead Idaho is a non-profit 501(c)(3); as such, we provide free and sliding scale services to qualified students, and offer no cost access to our drop-in services to all students, regardless of ability to pay.


Welcome To Step Ahead Idaho

Our Mission

step ahead idaho further educationDetermining the next step after high school is one of the most important decisions a student will make. There is a wealth of opportunities available—college, university, community college, trade school—but navigating the maze of applications, testing, and financial aid can seem overwhelming to both students and parents.

At Step Ahead Idaho, we recognize that no two students are the same, and we provide tailored counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

Our mission is to help each student:

  • discover his or her own interests and strengths to find the "best fit" schools.
  • sort through and organize each step of the planning and application process in a timely manner.
  • put his or her "best foot forward" to maximize acceptance to the school of choice.


We gratefully acknowledge generous grants from: