A message from our founder, Nina Marks

I founded Marks Education in 2004, drawing on lessons learned after working for more than 30 years as an independent school teacher and administrator. My goal was to build a skilled team that would provide comprehensive, strategic, and tailored support for students through every step of their educational journey. 

I am proud that today we have a global, diverse practice with years of superb outcomes. I am even prouder that we focus on relationships as much as results. Over 97% of our families return to us for work with all their children.

With our team approach, educational advisors and tutors collaborate to review data, highlight strategy, and tailored support for shared students. We also share a core value. We deeply believe that success is rarely magical. Mostly, it’s methodical. Every day, we help students identify their own process and path for success. We love seeing how this boosts their confidence, as well as their performance. 

I’m so grateful that thousands of families have trusted our team with their children’s educational journeys.

Our Values

Tailored College Admissions Advising

Marks Education College Admission advising and Test Prep Tutoring in Bethesda, Maryland, McLean, Virginia and Washington, D.C., was founded by Nina Marks in 2004, building on her many years of distinguished teaching, leadership, and college advising at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. In 2006, Nitin Sawhney started the Tutoring Division of Marks Education, which has enjoyed extraordinary test prep tutoring results. Since then, we’ve added advising services for K-12, graduate and professional, and graduate school admission advising. This completed our vision to help students at every educational level.

The firm continues to grow, offering wide-ranging services in advising and tutoring for students and families around the world. The entire team at Marks Education—advisors, tutors, and staff—deeply believes in the values that inspired Nina to start the firm.

College applicants must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, but many prospective students also take and submit scores from Advanced Placement exams in subjects like English or psychology. Other applicants may participate in their high

Nina Marks is a trusted adviser to some of Washington’s richest and most powerful people. She charges $700 an hour and has never advertised her services, yet some years she has needed a waiting list for would-be clients.