Rebecca Grappo
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The mission of RNG International Educational Consultants is to transform lives and provide innovative solutions through expert educational advice for students and families around the world.

RNG International was founded to fill an important need – for students and families to have a place where they can get expert comprehensive educational planning and innovative, effective solutions. We have seen again and again how the right school or program can make all the difference for a child, adolescent or young adult, and we work to fill that important need. Our families come from across the United States as well as around the world and RNG has finely tuned their ability to work with students and parents no matter where they are.
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RNG International works with a wide variety of students and families from across the United States. From New York to Hawaii, we can serve their needs no matter where they are.
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At RNG International, we firmly believe working with international students as well as Third Culture Kids (TCKs) is both the same and different from advising domestic students. There are many similarities when working with all students, yet there are many ways in which the needs of international students and TCKs are unique. That is why we are internationally recognized for our expertise in working with this special population of students and families.
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Rebecca Grappo Featured in the Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2015

Rebecca Grappo – The Importance of Resiliency Not long ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Anne O’Connell, a colleague of mine who writes for the Wall Street Journal, Expat, on the topic of transitions and resiliency for Third Culture Kids as they move around the world. One of the most difficult things TCKs have to deal with during…

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Third Culture Kids – From Overseas to Undergrad
June 16, 2015

Working with Third Culture Kids (TCKs) returning home for university (or “college” as it is referred to in the United States) is a special passion of mine. These young adults have grown up overseas and usually will live in the country of their passport for the first time, or at least the first time in a very…

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Exploring the Options in Swiss Boarding Schools Part 2 by Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed, Certified Educational Planner
April 29, 2015

A Tour of Swiss Boarding Schools Part II… Brillantmont Day 4 started with breakfast at Brillantmont, an English language school that offers both the British A-levels and the standard American high school diploma. Given their location, they have many students whose parents are working for multinationals as well as students from around the world who…

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Exploring the Options in Swiss Boarding Schools by Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed, Certified Educational Planner
April 29, 2015

A Tour of Swiss Boarding Schools… Last week I had the opportunity to visit eight Swiss boarding schools with a group of American educational consultants on a tour organized by fabulous admissions teams at TASIS and Leysin American School with the cooperation of other schools that form part of Swiss Learning. I had done this…

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A young man, 18, was admitted into a very selective and competitive college. However, having just been diagnosed with ADD, he was overwhelmed with all the independence, lack of structure, freedom, and new responsibilities. By the end of first term, he was nearing failure. It was imperative to get him in touch with student counseling…

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A fifteen year old male student was extremely bright, but also had major struggles with ADD, depression, and behavior issues at school, resulting in numerous suspensions. The relationship at home was fraught with conflict and the family was at the breaking point. He was belligerent about the thought of going to boarding school, and opposed…

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A young man, 15, started looking for a boarding school for his junior and senior years. He had everything going for him – stellar resume, grades, sports, and personality. The conversation focused on just how much academic pressure he was willing to take on. He was adamant he wanted to push himself, and was given…

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A young woman of 17 moved to a remote location for what would have been her senior year of high school. She had never lived overseas before, and her school only offered the International Baccalaureate program. Therefore, she was put back a year to start the IB curriculum. She was miserable, and things finally reached…

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A family with a son who had significant development delays contacted me regarding life as an internationally mobile family and wondered about embarking on such a lifestyle. We spent hours of counseling up front while they were still in their home environments, and the family prepared to homeschool their son, knowing few schools overseas would…

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A family with two employed parents was suddenly separated by an evacuation, leaving them with some important decisions to make quickly regarding the children’s education. The older daughter remained in her boarding school and became the school’s star student; the younger one remained with mom and came back to the U.S. The father remained overseas…

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A sixteen year old girl came to me feeling very depressed and uninspired by school. Her mother was extremely concerned by her lack of engagement. This girl was extremely bright but did not do well in a traditional setting. Her mother said her creative side needed to be encouraged in order to get her engaged…

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Thank you for reaching out for references re: Becky Grappo.  We are a Foreign Service family with the Department of State (DOS) and we have two daughters.  We have used Becky several times.  And she is top notch.  Her portfolio includes special needs, boarding school, college applications, and a wide variety of help for adolences.  Our…

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I wanted to tell you I spent last weekend in Arizona having a reunion of friends from Beijing days 20 years ago…..and guess who was there…xxxx…..I said, you don’t happen to know Becky Grappo and her words, exactly, “She saved my life!!!!” I thought you would like to know that….she is in fine form as…

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Speaking of professionals, please accept my sincere gratitude for your brilliant work.  This all really started happening after you challenged our son to give you something concrete to work with.  Your strategy was perfectly planned and executed.  Good Show!

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I just wanted to thank you for getting me through the most painful and difficult thing I have ever had to do.  I know that there is a lot of work to be done but I feel we are finally on the right track.  I know that you put a lot of effort into helping…

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My husband and I cannot thank you enough for coming through for our son, when he needed someone like yourself to come for his rescue. Our son is a changed young man – full of confidence and joys of life.  It is simply wonderful to see him doing so well and it is all thanks to you.

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My son is doing incredible!! I cannot believe the difference in him. He still has a way to go, but he even knows it and he is just so open and honest with us and himself. I am proud of him. Thank God for all of you that help us realize that we and our kids…

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I will take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance and support over the last few months. This period could have been most stressful but was not due to your support, cool guidance and highly professional approach.

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I have seen a lot of maturity and sense of responsibility in him.  No matter how much I miss him not having him home with the family, both his father and I realize that sending him to boarding school was the best things that we have done for him.  The staff is wonderful at xxx,…

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I don’t think I have adequately thanked you for the superb work you did for us this past year. We went from being nowhere, to getting our son into some excellent, superb schools. You should be so proud of what you do, because it’s clearly an art. No rules, but a lot of gut feelings….

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You have already helped him, by giving him hope that his unique voice can be heard and celebrated. Thank you so much for that gift!

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I wanted to thank you for your helpful emails and staying in contact with me even now that I’m in college. I wanted to at least give you a quick reply and let you know that I’m loving it here at xxx and feel like it is the perfect place for me…More than anything, I…

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I would like to thank you personally for everything you’ve done for our son, actually for both my children.  My husband and I were have been suffering (not so silently) for the past month with our son and his essays, or their non-existence…. Even though we felt he had good chances of getting in, one…

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I just want to make the point of thanking you formally for all the great work that you did with our son this last year! It was wonderful and so reassuring to know that you were there with him throughout the whole process of university applications. We all know it can be stressful for most and…

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I just wanted to let you know I could not do any of this without you, and I am so thankful for someone that cared enough to help me become successful.

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I gotta say I couldn’t have done it without you.

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