The Comprehensive Plan typically starts in December of Junior year and continues through senior year of high school when students make their college selection decision. This is a full service plan that optimizes a student's potential for identifying and selecting the best fit college.
During Junior year, we create a customized plan to prepare for and schedule standardized tests (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams) and we monitor progress. College fairs and tours are suggested, in line with student's interests and preferences. Financial aid processes are reviewed with parents, including providing access to key resources and websites.
Towards the end of Junior year and through the first half of Senior year, ideas for the Personal Statement/College Essay are brainstormed and revised until the essay is ready for submission. We explore Early Decision/Early Action strategies, depending on factors such as financial ability and admission statistics. Working closely with the student, the college list is developed and refined to include safety, target, and reach schools. To ensure everything is completed on time, we create timetables for application due dates for all elements of the application process (standardized and subject tests, recommendations, auditions, and interviews) including financial aid eligibility and scholarship deadlines. One of the most rewarding tasks is assisting students with the completion and submission of all college applications. After applications are submitted, if needed, we prepare students for college interviews by conducting mock interview sessions, and we also help prepare students for college visits and overnight sessions. Upon receiving their acceptances, we assist students with making their college selection.
The Comprehensive Plan ends with follow up communications during the first semester of college to ensure that the transition to college goes smoothly