Academic consulting middle school through high school

Middle school

The middle school years are a time of transition. Students often make very important decisions that will effect their high school course selections and ultimately their college choices. In order to stay informed, and to give a student the best possible chance at success during high school, it is crucial for parents and students to make the right course selection.

I will often meet with middle school students 7th and 8th grade monthly, and evaluate their transcript/grades on a quarterly basis (or trimester), depending on the school calendar. I will make recommendations to assure successful completion of the middle school standards, and ensure that the course selections into high school are proper to achieve the long-term goal.

As Robert Frost wrote: “two roads diverged in a wood, and I — 
I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Give your child the gift of success right from the beginning; make smart choices about their academics to ensure success!

Freshman and Sophomore year

The first two years of high school really shape the overall success of a student, and determine which university he/she will be eligible to apply for. Throughout these two years, I will analyze the current academic records for the student, advise on course selection, discuss current college trends and how class choices effect admission, recommend testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP), advise on summer activities, test preparation programs, extra curricular involvement potential internships, and employment opportunities.

I will also meet with the student regularly to talk about high school issues and how to navigate the social pressures, study skills and time management.

Junior year

The junior year of high school tends to be the most pressure filled. This is the year that major decisions need to occur. Academic rigor must continue, testing schedule must be in place in order to ensure the highest possible score. Letters of recommendation must be requested in a timely manner, and students must be prepared to decide on which colleges they plan to apply to.

During this year I will continue to analyze student progress and meet with students to plan and compile the above information. I will also advise students on campus visits and provide an easy check sheet for them to have while visiting college campuses. In addition, this is the perfect time to explore scholarship options, and sport related opportunities.

Senior year

The early portion of the senior year continues to be challenging. While grades and performance must continue, student must decide where they plan to apply, and if to take advantage of early decision options, or regular decision. There are many means of applying for colleges. I will work with the individual student to simplify the application process and build a solid student application to increase the probability of admission to the college of the student choice. After the applications have been submitted, I will continue to work with students and families to decide how they are going to pay for college. While many families have been saving money for their students college education, it is often the case that college education is much more expensive than anyone had anticipated.

Together, with the student and the family, I will assist in exploring different means of scholarships, merit aid, financial aid, and loans.

Finally, I will support the student and the family in maintaining a strong academic completion of senior requirements that will lead toward high school graduation and college admission.