Comprehensive Ongoing College Counseling

The Ongoing Counseling program gives clients top priority for my time and attention, and unlimited access through personal or video appointments, e-mail, text, and telephone calls. As a concierge practice, I will continue to provide counseling and guidance throughout the admissions and college decision-making process. Ongoing counseling involves more regular meetings, as well as outreach to, and organizational support for, students and parents on my part.

Typically, families choose the ongoing process upon debriefing after our initial consultation and deciding that they would like additional and comprehensive support through the admissions process, and that we are a good fit for a student and their family’s needs. Sometimes, clients will wait to decide until they have scheduled and completed a second consultation one or more months after the first meeting. In either case, discussions about goals, expectations, and the counseling process are more than welcome prior to making a commitment to the ongoing program.

Ongoing Counseling is a comprehensive program, with a flexible process that adjusts to a student’s individual circumstances. Whether you live right down the road or on the other side of the globe, the counseling process can be extensive, supportive, meaningful, and personal. Over the course of one, two, three, or four years, the process typically includes:

• Helping students define and develop their strengths and interests, and understand the key themes that will guide their presentation to colleges.
• Reviewing the progress of the student’s educational planning throughout the high school years.
• Working with both student and parents to help make wise decisions, while handling issues as they may arise.
• Identifying and refining the appropriate list of colleges and universities, including reach, target, and likely schools based on feedback from the student’s college research and visits, grades, and test results, as they develop over time.
• Making recommendations on activities and summer plans.
• Preparing the student for interviews.
• Guiding students on the preparation of college applications, including the review of the online Common Application and other materials required in the admissions process (résumé, high priority emails or letters, etc.).
• Advising on college essays, including content critiques and editorial input.
• Strategizing on admissions plans, including Early Decision, Early Action, and Priority Deadlines.
• Discussing the financial aid process and merit scholarships.
• Guiding the student on the selection of the most appropriate college from among those to which they have been admitted.
• Supporting students if they are trying to gain admission from one or more college waiting lists.
• Helping the student make initial college course choices and prepare for the transition to college.

Families typically pay a total Ongoing College Counseling fee at the outset of the process. Students may become ongoing clients as early as the beginning of their high school career, and as late as senior year or during a gap year.