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

Fall 2021 SAT/ACT Boot Camps!

Prep for Fall test dates! Sign up for prep sessions here! 

Session 1 (CANCELED !) will target the Saturday, October 2 SAT date. Register for SAT here

We've canceled this session, primarily due to Covid and the need to go with les-effective virtual teaching at this time. Stay tuned here; eventually we'll offer in-person test prep again, but not until it's safe for students and test prep coaches to gather safely.

As always, full and partial need-based scholarships are available. Indicate interest in this when you sign up!

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Free Virtual Zoom Drop-in; Private 1/2 hour meetings

Sign up for Zoom with Sue on Thursdays from 3-6 CLICK HERE

Sign up for Zoom with Laura on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 CLICK HERE

And here's how to connect if you can't come to a Zoom Drop-In:

  • 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, etc
    • If you need a free 1/2 hour session, tell us that and you'll get an invitation to sign up for a Zoom meeting. You can sign up for as many of these as you need, as long as you're flexible with scheduling.

Free Drop-In Centers at the Boise Downtown Y and Hillcrest Library on the Bench

We hope to open our center in late August, and are waiting on Covid data to decide when to invite students in to our offices for help with making college lists, writing essays, filling out and sending applications, and applying for financial aid. Visit this page for announcements about our centers. In the meantime, sign up for a virtual drop-in, if you're eager to get started!

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: