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


September SAT/PSAT Prep Session!

Click HERE to sign up.

Prepare for the PSAT and SAT with a real, proctored, SAT test! Get valuable experience in a real test-day setting- like a dress-rehearsal! After the test you'll receive specific feedback about strengths and weaknesses based on the results of your test. There are opportunities for one-on-one meetings for personalized guidance. Testing and feedback is provided by Andrew Wilburn: a test prep expert with over 9 years of tutoring experience on the SAT and ACT.  

Date: Saturday, September 10 from 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM   You'll recieve results and personalized analysis within 10 days. Cost is $125 and, as always, let us know if you need a scholarship to attend- you can indicate this on the registration form, linked above. 

About Andrew: Andrew Wilburn is a native of Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Boise High School in 2006 and graduated from Seattle University in 2009. After living in Seattle for a year he moved to Columbus, Ohio and then completed his Masters in Higher Education Student Administration in 2013. Andrew has provided coaching for the SAT and ACT since 2013 and focuses on demystifying the test. 


August College Application Free Drop-In Pizza Parties!

Tuesday, August 23 4:30 PM to 7 PM

Thursday, August 25 4:30 to 7 PM

Sign Up here please: I'll Be There!!!

Join us any time during these extended Drop-In sessions to eat some pizza, and meet with one of our advisors to talk about:

  • Where to apply if you're hoping to leave Idaho without spending too much money
  • Finding  colleges you are likely get accepted
  • Colleges you can afford to go to, and how to pick schools that are in your budget
  • How and when to apply-it's sooner than you think
  • How to start writing a good essay, and show your abilities and strengths without flexing weirdly
  • And most importantly, how to get more free help from Step Ahead Idaho throughout the application season.

Join us either or both days at our office at 5248 West Overland Road in Boise, immediately next door to the Hillcrest Library on the Bench.

Ask an Advisor

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, 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, 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 Center at Hillcrest Library

Closed for Summer- See you in August!

With Covid numbers falling, we are are ready to dip a toe into in-person drop-in advising at our Hillcrest office at 5248 W. Overland Road.  

To have our undivided attention, please make an appointment by emailing us at info@stepaheadidaho.org and request a half hour timeslot between 3 and 6 PM. We'll confirm by email.  

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: