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

Summer Essay Boot Camps are Right Around the Corner!

If you're a junior, it's time to start thinking about writing college essays and starting applications!  

Location: All camps will be held at the Hillcrest Library.

  For more information download our flyer.

To register: Send us an email at info@stepaheadidaho.org and tell us which dates you'd like.

We'll confirm and give you instructions about what to bring and how to pay. Class sizes are limited so that we can meet individually with each student over the course of the camps. And let us know if you'll need a scholarship. We've got those.

FREE Y Drop-In Advising Centers

Downtown Boise Y in the Basement, 3-6 PM, every Wednesday and Thursday

Our last day at the Y Drop-In this spring will be Thursday, May 17!

We always offer a free half hour of advising for students and families, and these can be scheduled at any time of the year. Contact us using the email address below.  We also provide private advising on a sliding-scale fee-for-service basis. 


Here's a link to the various packages we offer: Service Packages

Questions or to sign up: info@stepaheadidaho.org

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.


"Step Ahead Idaho helped my son Danny when he was applying for the selective MIT summer camp program.  Learning how to write the personal statement essay for that program positioned Danny well when he started to apply for colleges."  Beverly T, Centennial High School



We gratefully acknowledge generous grants from:

  • Bev and George Harad
  • The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation  
  • The Perkins Foundation