When To Start

You are welcome to start with us at any time.  We do limit the size of our practice to ensure quality interaction and results with your student. Preference is given to families who start earlier, and often our practice is full by October of your student’s junior year. Please contact us to check on availability.

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Freshman Year

We meet quarterly with freshman, helping them ease into high school and getting off to a great start! We work with them to:

  • review curriculum options
  • identify and encourage involvement and extracurricular activities
  • begin college awareness
  • record activities and accomplishments on their resume
  • suggest opportunities for summer pursuits
  • discuss college affordability with parents

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Sophomore Year

We meet quarterly with sophomores, recognizing their readiness to grow and discover more about themselves and the world around them. We work with them to:

  • review and optimize curriculum options based on their abilities and interests
  • identify and encourage involvement and extracurricular activities
  • stimulate college awareness
  • start researching and visiting colleges
  • record activities and accomplishments on their resume
  • suggest opportunities for summer pursuits – including work and internship possibilities
  • explore career and major opportunities based on emerging passions
  • discuss college affordability with parents

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During junior year, we meet monthly, transitioning to college preparedness, and more independent work by the student

First semester Junior year:

  • strategize testing options (SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, AP tests, etc), test preparation, and test timing
  • identify candidate colleges for deeper research
  • look for opportunities for students to exercise leadership
  • recommend they build relationships with teachers who can provide college recommendations
  • review and optimize curriculum options based on their abilities and interests

Second semester junior year:

  • begin identifying personal traits they wish to share in the college essay
  • review and discuss the University of California, Coalition and Common App personal essay prompts
  • prepare the students to ask the recommenders for college recommendations
  • explore candidate colleges
  • update the student resume
  • review transcript to make sure all requirements for both graduation and college acceptance are fulfilled or planned
  • identify financial safeties and finalize affordability
  • assist the student in transitioning to independence and college life (and help the parents with this transition as well)

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Senior year! It’s finally here. No matter how much preparation we do before senior year starts, there are still tasks which must be done during that all important 7th semester (aka 1st semester senior year). We do as much as we can to ease the stress by getting a jump start over the summer before senior year.

Summer before Senior year

We meet approximately every 2 weeks and perform the following tasks:

  • finalize the college list
  • choose and write the University of California Prompts
  • write the Common App and Coalition personal statement(s)
  • update the resume
  • finalize the school list

1st Semester Senior Year

As the time for actual application submission approached, we meet approximately 3 times a month:

  • encourage continued focus on high school academics
  • finalize the application strategy (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision)
  • create an application milestone plan
  • prepare for admissions interviews
  • update Naviance and prepare high school counselor requirements
  • write the application supplements
  • submit completed applications prior to deadlines
  • continue transitioning to college readiness (and to prepare parents for this transition as well)

2nd Semester Senior Year

We are available to you as needed to assist with:

  • reviewing college portals to advise on any requested materials
  • review and interpret college admissions financial award letters
  • help to decide amongst college offers
  • advise on whether to accept a wait list offer or submit an appeal
  • assist in housing, honors, and major decision options

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