12th Grade Parent

11th Grade Parent

10th Grade Parent

9th Grade Parent

12th Grade Parent

Problem: Your son or daughter is applying to college in less than six months and you’re not sure where the process is. What’s the final list of schools, which tests are being sent and when, which teachers are writing the recommendations and all important: what are they writing their essays about?!!!

The last question is most perplexing. If a bunch of kids from your child’s school are all applying to the same colleges, what are your child’s distinguishing factors? Who’s going to help brainstorm and make suggestions for revision? Is it the school counselor? Can he or she really hold my kid accountable? Maybe, but you hear that the school counselor may be overwhelmed with so many students that you are concerned that they may not find time to help your child.

Solution: Have your son or daughter start their applications now. Many colleges use the Common Application and your rising senior can start entering data today. Nothing will be submitted to colleges as long as you keep your credit card in your wallet. (Most colleges have $30-$70 application fees). Your child can get ahead of the game by doing this simple task which buys you time to ask a professional about the other pieces.

The personal essay questions are available and you should discuss possible responses with your child. There are low cost clinics and online support to help with brainstorming and revision. The only issue with that is there is not complete oversight of essays, deadlines, tasks and overall strategies. Your kid may need to write essays for particular programs that need expert eyes. By suggesting certain programs and majors that may have fewer applicants or need the academic, geographical or gender diversity, your kid will stand out.

Our Expert Coaches follow a curriculum that supports monthly meetings (January – June); Bi-Weekly Meetings (August – completion)

  • Exclusive access to an online managing tool offering great insights into college selectivity and cost
  • Brainstorm innovative and effective essay ideas
  • Offer suggestions for essay revisions as well as proofread essays and application
  • Assist with creating a resume
  • Suggest how to maximize college visits
  • Prepare students for the interview
  • Discuss the selection of teachers and other letters of reference for recommendations
  • Create customized timelines to keep students on task with their to do’s

11th Grade Parent

Problem: The college admissions process is confusing. Everywhere you turn, another parent is telling you about a certain school, test or class your daughter should take. Your daughter has no desire to discuss this – she’s stressed-out too – but you know if don’t implement something soon, the ball will be dropped and ultimately your daughter miss out on an opportunity.

Solution: Outline a plan. You need a clear timetable to tell you exactly what to do and when to do it. What schools to consider? When to visit them? When should you engage the admissions office or a professor?

In other words, get expert advice. When you have questions about your taxes, you hire an accountant. When your daughter needs standardized test help, you call a tutor. Admissions experts simplify the process and strategize ways to make your daughter shine in the application process.

Our Expert Coaches follow a curriculum that supports Bi-Monthly meetings (through January); Monthly meetings (February – June); Bi-Weekly Meetings (August – completion)

  • Exclusive access to an online managing tool offering great insights into college selectivity and cost
  • Brainstorm innovative and effective essay ideas
  • Offer suggestions for essay revisions as well as proofread essays and application
  • Assist with creating a resume
  • Suggest how to maximize college visits
  • Prepare students for the interview
  • Discuss the selection of teachers and other letters of reference for recommendations
  • Create customized timelines to keep students on task with their to do’s

10th Grade Parent

Problem: You have no idea what classes your son should take as a junior, let alone a senior. Should he take AP or Honor? Honors or Regular? Can he drop his foreign language class? Which science course looks best?

Nothing is more important in the college admission process than the transcript. Nothing. You (and he) have to get this right. Plus, in addition to what courses to take, you want to know which standardized tests to take and when.

Solution: Understand your child’s high school profile and projected curriculum. Start to recognize which colleges like to see high school students taking which courses and taking which tests.

Also, who wants to be the nagging parent? Not you! Get a College Coach who can be an intermediary and explain to your son why one class will serve him better than another.

Our Expert Coaches follow a curriculum that supports Quarterly meetings (through January); Monthly meetings (February – June); Bi-Weekly Meetings (August – completion)

  • Exclusive access to an online managing tool offering great insights into college selectivity and cost
  • Brainstorm innovative and effective essay ideas
  • Offer suggestions for essay revisions as well as proofread essays and application
  • Assist with creating a resume
  • Suggest how to maximize college visits
  • Prepare students for the interview
  • Discuss the selection of teachers and other letters of reference for recommendations
  • Create customized timelines to keep students on task with their to do’s

9th Grade Parent

Problem: You think you have plenty of time. I mean, isn’t it premature to think about the college process? Nope. Despite being roughly three years away, your planning now will help you to make better decisions later. Is your daughter building her resume with activities and civic engagement opportunities that she enjoys and will be attractive to colleges? Will they lead to leadership positions as a junior or senior?

Solution: Gather information. Understand how the college admissions process has changed since you applied. Classes, tests, activities, portfolios, etc. all matter. Your daughter is clearly enjoying high school — she should be — but you want her to get into the best” and have life options. In order to do that, you want to know what schools and programs are out there and what they’re looking for.

Bonus: What is a Strategy Session?

Strategy Sessions gives us a chance to gather information and share initial suggestions. It is a one-time opportunity to get expert advice on your child’s transcript, list of activities and tentative school list.

Is this list realistic? What are the requirements for admission? What kinds of applicants they are this school looking for? All of these questions and many others may be answered in a Strategy Session.

If you have no clue what your child should be doing now to become an attractive candidate in the college or graduate school admissions processes, they should have Strategy Session.