Overview of Services
The college admissions process has changed dramatically in recent years. Gone are the days of just mailing in a paper application, and then waiting patiently by the mailbox. Today’s admission process involves multiple standardized tests, admission applications, scholarship applications, financial aid applications, and more. Each has its own requirements, paperwork, and deadlines.
Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone!
A college consultant can help you find the right school and guide you through the preparation of a top notch application.
Maybe you need just a little bit of help with a few essays. Maybe you need help with the whole process, from beginning to end. Maybe you're somewhere in between. Wherever you are, we'll meet you at that point, and see you through to the end.
Services are bundled, but if you don't see what you're looking for, just ask!
Jump Start Package (9th and 10th Graders)
High School goes FAST!!
Getting on track from the very beginning -- and taking steps to stay there -- makes it much more likely for students to reach their goals after graduation. Our Jump Start programs provide key guidance at important points along to way, keeping everyone sane and on the right track.
This package is designed for students in grades 9 and 10 (or 11th graders in the fall semester), to help align your goals, activities, courses, and timelines so that you are ready for the college admissions process which begins in the spring semester of 11th grade.
Approximately 6-8 individual meetings during the school year, plus regular updates of information and access to advising as needed throughout the year,
Review of academic record at end/beginning of each quarter;
Guidance on course selections for subsequent school year(s);
Discussions of extracurricular and summer activities (jobs, internships, travel, etc.);
Testing recommendations, timelines, and hints on preparation;
Emphasis on time management, building good study habits, leadership, and service;
Creation of a personal timeline for the college process;
Availability by text and email, anytime, for answers to questions or quick advice!
College Prep Packages for 11th and 12th graders
These packages include the critical college application/admission tasks. Find the bundle that fits your needs!
This basic package of either 10 or 20 hours (divided into 60 minute sessions over time) includes any college coaching services you choose.
Possible options include developing a list of recommended colleges; action plan with organizational timeline; advice on successful college visits, recommendations for test preparation and timing; recommendations for extracurricular involvement; advice on high school course selection; resume development; gap year options; essay editing; mock interview practice, and more.
This is the go-to, essential package of one-on-one coaching throughout the college application process:
Ongoing development and assessment of college possibilities
Organizing the college search and application process; Reviewing the student’s college list for best academic, social, and financial fit; Creating a list of recommended colleges unique to each student.
Introducing students to the Common Application (as well as the Coalition App, the UC application, the ApplyTexas application, and any others necessary), providing tips for crafting the best application possible, working with your student throughout the completion, and reviewing all applications prior to submission;
Ensuring that students are on track and on time, reminders of all due dates, and completion of tasks in advance of required due dates;
Formulating strategies for applying to colleges under Early Decision, Restrictive Early Action, Early Action, Regular Decision and Rolling Admissions.
Guidance through the writing process, helping the student to create memorable, high impact essays, reflecting their individual experiences and unique voice; includes review and critique of multiple drafts-in-process, including the Personal Statement essay and all supplemental essays.
Includes access to an online portal where all information is consolidated
Includes continuous, expert support throughout the entire process.
In addition to all services described above, this package includes up to 15 hours of ACT prep services, which may be scheduled as individual tutoring sessions, or may be applied to the full Savvy ACT Strategies Prep Course (which includes all sub-test strategies, a full-length practice test, and an individual diagnostic review session following the practice test).
Service Academy Applications
Annapolis. West Point. They are in a league of their own. Applying to a service academy is nothing at all like applying to college. It is a complicated and critical process.
We can provide support, assistance, and answers at each step of the way:
Applying for congressional nominations;
Preparing for congressional interviews;
Preparing for officer interviews;
Completing the academy application;
Writing the essay;
Advising regarding DodMerb/DodMets and waivers;
Discussing of prep school options, if needed.
These periodic seminars provide insight on some aspect of the college preparation or college admissions process. Each seminar includes take-home checklists and resources.
Or – organize your own group of 6 or more for a personal seminar in your home. Families who host private seminars will receive a credit towards an individual student coaching plan. Contact us for details!
Frequently-requested parent seminar topics
The Common App – What is it? How does it work? Who takes it? What about the schools that don’t take it?
Calendar craziness – What is due when? When is all of this supposed to happen? How can we manage this college process when we are already swamped with baseball/softball/volleyball/football/dance/cheer/track/speed training …plus actually eating and sleeping?
College Athletics – What is the NCAA Clearinghouse? When are we supposed to do that, and what does it even mean? What are the requirements for college athletics? What’s the best way to get an athletic scholarship?
Financial Aid –What’s up with all these colleges charging so much? How are we supposed to afford this? Which schools should we be looking at, based on our family’s financial situation, and how can we even tell? What's a FAFSA or a CSS profile?
Choosing a college – What is the most important thing we should be considering? How can we find the best college for our child? And then, what if he/she doesn’t get in?
Got questions about another topic? Let us know!
Common App Boot Camps
Students bring their laptops and fill out the Common App, guided by local experts. (This session does NOT include the essays.) At the end of this one session, students head for home with the main sections of the Common App complete.
Essay Writing Workshops
Students bring their laptops to work through the Common App and supplemental essay requirements, brainstorm topics/approaches, and begin the writing process. Substantial progress will be made during the session; degree of completion will vary among students. Attendees return for a personal one-hour follow-up once their essay is complete.
Savvy ACT Strategy Sessions
Students learn the tried-and-true strategies that can help them score their best on the ACT. Cram sessions are available a week before each ACT; more thorough sessions are offered throughout the year. Learn more about our test prep services!
We are happy to provide services directly to schools and teachers in the classroom!
Professional development sessions for teachers
ACT training for teachers
ACT prep courses for students
College application/essay workshops for students
Keynote addresses or breakout sessions for conferences
See our Educators page for more information!
Got questions? Want to schedule a time to visit? Call us directly at 573-315-4222.