Weighted or non-weighted GPA: Which is better for college admission?

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the January 7, 2017 edition __________________________________________________________________ To weight or not to weight a grade-point average – that is the question facing high school administrators throughout the U.S. and here in our own backyard. Local high schools are currently debating which GPAs to put on … Read more

Start the school year with college readiness in mind

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the August 3, 2016 edition __________________________________________________________________ Fall offers a new beginning for every year of high school and a chance to boost your college readiness quotient. Following are the top three strategies by class. FRESHMAN • This is your chance to start fresh, try … Read more

How to make the most of a study abroad program

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the May 25, 2016 edition __________________________________________________________________ This is the second in a two-part series on college study abroad programs. Part 1 appeared in the April 20 Town Crier. No matter which study abroad program you choose, there are ways to significantly improve the … Read more

Study abroad programs come in different forms

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the April 20,2016 edition. __________________________________________________________________ I recently returned from a quick trip to Paris and Florence, where I studied, of all things, college students studying abroad. According to the Institute of International Education, more than 300,000 U.S. domestic students – 10 percent – do … Read more

Understanding what AP credits mean after graduation

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the November 18, 2015 edition. __________________________________________________________________ Following is the second in a two-part series on Advanced Placement classes. Part 2 explores what happens with AP credits once students matriculate to college. While admissions is mostly concerned with Advanced Placement classes, colleges are most … Read more

Consider balance and interests when selecting APs in high school

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition. __________________________________________________________________ Following is the first in a two-part series that explores the two primary ways Advanced Placement classes impact the college process. Part 1 reviews the role of AP classes as part of college admissions. Part 2 will … Read more

New admissions program enables students to create ‘digital lockers’

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the October 14, 2015 edition. – Article Link __________________________________________________________________ Hey, Common Application, move over. You are no longer the only game in town for a one-stop college application system. While the Universal College App has been around for a while, the newly introduced Coalition … Read more

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the August 5, 2015 edition. – Article Link ___________________________________________________________________ As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accurately whether a given student will actually attend. One way to ensure student enrollment is to create a contract between the … Read more

Beyond Berkeley: Expanding options

Republished with permission from the Los Altos Town Crier. Originally appeared in the October 14, 2015 edition. – Article Link ___________________________________________________________________ As application season heats up for the Class of 2015, families face the reality that the best way to get into a top UC is to come from outside of California. The admissions news heightens anxiety … Read more