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

Three SAT/ACT Boot Camps!

Prep for Spring and Summer test dates! Sign up here

Session 1: Full


Session 2: Postponed- conflict with AP testing in May!


Session 3: Prep for SAT on Saturday, August 28, 2021 (students must register themselves- this is not a school-hosted test date)

Instructor:  Andrew Wilburn   Andrew founded Red Hawk Test Prep three years ago, and is also a Student Success Advisor at Boise State. "Standardized tests are silly games with silly rules. It is important to understand the concepts you will see on the test, but it's even more important to understand what you will see on the test and how it will be asked. If you understand how to play the game you can bend the rules and maximize your score!"

Cost: $150; live at our Boise office if possible in August; Zoom platform if not

Dates: Part 1: Sunday August 22, 4-6 PM  Part 2: Wednesday August 25, 4-6 PM

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

Ask an Advisor

Virtual Zoom Drop-in every Thursday 3-6 with Sue

 Sign-up 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.


Summer Essay Boot Camps for Class of 2022

Last Essay A Boot Camp for this summer! Register HERE!

Date:  Monday, August 2 from 9 AM to noon  

Why? Now more than ever, the best way to connect with college admissions decision-makers is through your writing. Our June camps focus on your Personal Statement, a key component of the Common Application. Additionally, we'll discuss how to craft thoughtful answers to often-asked questions like "Why this college?" "What do you plan to study and why?" and "Tell us about one of your activities."

What is it? We offer our boot camps in two sessions. Essay A is an introduction to college application essay writing, including a discussion of the prompts, brainstorming strategies, and learning the techniques to make your story sing. Essay B is designed to teach you editing skills, and help you turn your rough draft into a compelling, pursuasive essay that you'll be proud to submit.

Location: Essay A sessions will be taught live, in our classroom at 5248 West Overland Road in Boise. Covid precautions will apply, and class sizes will be smaller to accomodate this. If you can't meet in person in June, please indicate that when you sign up, and we'll set up a Zoom group for those students.

Essay B: Students who also sign up for Essay B will have a  two hour 1:1 session with one of our advisors, scheduled once you have a rough draft written. This can be either live or via Zoom, as appropriate.

Cost: If you are on a package plan with one of our advisors, these camps are included in your package. A la carte prices: Camp A is $150; both  A and B is $275. As with all Step Ahead Idaho services, these camps are offered on a sliding scale. Just let us know when you sign up that you need to discuss a scholarship.

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: