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Frequently Asked Questions
What shall we expect on the first day of counseling?
A meeting with the entire family for a presentation and a questionnaire to help you begin discovering your best college choices or testing options.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We work with students from every socioeconomic strata. We work with students in public, private, parochial and home-schooled situations, within the United States and internationally. Students range in interests from undecided majors, to pre-med or pre-law. They are athletes, artists, dancers and other specializations. We welcome students who need accommodations, as well as students who have excelled and are bound to the highest ranked colleges in the country. We are a full-spectrum college counseling service.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their college advisor?
College counseling is an odd field, in that many enter it not by choice, but by default. A school assigns a teacher to the role, and the person has to do it, not because s/he loves the work, but because it was an assignment. Or, they may love the work, but feel overwhelmed by the student/counselor ratios: 500/1 in many urban public schools. Counselors need to love the job, love working with students to find colleges, have experience with admissions staff and visits to colleges. Look for this in your counselor.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meet as a family with the person before you start the engagement. Make sure that person understands your child and is committed to giving the family significant time and attention. Beware of schemes and people who guarantee a certain test score or a certain college admit. We do not advise working with international agents who guarantee admission to a college for a fee.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been in education for over 20 years: as a high school teacher, as a college faculty member and as a former Director of Education at the Smithsonian. For many years, I oversaw the office that provided college internships and graduate fellowships. I am also an AP exam instructor certified by the College Board for history, government and English language. Teaching is what I love and designing effective curricula is what I do best.
What are your most popular services?
College counseling and merit aid applications
ACT and SAT exam preparation in all areas of the exams
Accommodations testing and IEP/504 plan development
AP Exam tutoring
General tutoring in subject areas for high school students
Summer internships and study abroad for high school students
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taught high school for many years. I also been on faculty at the undergraduate level at several colleges and been an administrator for K-Grad programs at the Smithsonian. I am the Regional Coordinator for my professional association. I regularly attend conferences in my field. I generally visit 10-20 colleges a year. I have visited over 150 colleges, including those most popular along the East Coast in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, west and southeast coastal areas. As a result, I am called on to train other AP teachers and guidance counselors.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This was a phenomenal year for test preparation. 31 was the average ACT composite for most of my students.
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New York University and Barnard-International Admit
Thank you so much Jackie, you have been an invaluable part of this process. You went above and beyond for me, and I appreciate that so much. You're the best! Hugs!
New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa
Rice, Northeastern, and UMichigan Admits
I first wanted to say thanks for everything you have done with [our son] . We so appreciated your knowledge and guidance in getting through the application process. But as I went through it with [our son], I realized that we should have started earlier. So I would like to set up a meeting for my daughter (sophomore) and start setting her up for college.