Grade 9. Create a four-year academic plan. Discuss extracurricular activities and leadership. Explore your interests and discover summer options. Begin to plan for testing. Determine the need for tutoring. Discuss and investigate interests. Understand the criteria colleges use to make admissions decisions.
Grade 10. Reassess and fine-tune your academic plan. Review and evaluate your extra-curricular activities. Determine which standardized tests to take and when to take them. Get input on how to explore your interests. Set the stage for success in Junior year.
Grade 11. Begin exploring what different colleges and universities offer. Prepare and tutor for standardized tests. Decide which schools to visit. Think about recommendations. Plan for summer. Position yourself for Senior year.
Grade 12. Finalize your college list. Decide how to apply and when. Create a resumé. Complete essays and applications. Prepare for interviews. Talk with college reps and admissions officers. Complete and submit applications. Confirm all elements of application are on time and complete.
Graduate Studies. Headed for College can help you assess your graduate school options and guide you to the best schools and programs in your field of interest. Our expert graduate school consultants have many years of experience in graduate admissions and advising college students.
One-on-One, Expert Guidance With A Dedicated Consultant Who Is Responsive To Your Unique Needs
Making the right choices in high school can seem like a puzzle. We’ll show you how to make the pieces fit. Headed For College guides students and parents with a customized, step-by-step approach. Headed For College will:
- Provide Comprehensive Academic Planning from 8th Grade to Graduate School
- Identify Strengths and Weaknesses in Academics and Activities
- Help Students Find Rewarding Extracurricular Activities and Develop Leadership
- Assist Students in Exploring Interests and Determining Focus
- Help Students Make the Most of Their High School Experience
- Explain and Demystify the College Application and Admissions Process
- Identify Colleges That are a Great Match
- Help Students Prepare for Campus Visits and Interviews
- Provide Guidance on Distinctive Summer Programs
- Advise on Standardized Testing – Which Tests and When to Take Them
- Offer Recruiting Support for Athletes and Portfolio Guidance for Performing and Visual Artists
- Help Families Understand Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Opportunities
- Offer Guidance Regarding Graduate Programs and Career Counseling
What our clients say
I just wanted to say thank you for your guidance, expertise, and confidence in Ben and for finding him the college that is right for him… You have been an amazing force in his life and we are forever grateful.Attending Vanderbilt University
I don't know what I would have done without your expert advice, Jennifer. I am going to Penn partly due to your unwavering support, and for that, I can never thank you enough.Attending the University of Pennsylvania
Thank you Jennifer for your invaluable insights into our son and for being so courageously forthright from the beginning. He needed that dose of reality. Your program, philosophy, and guidance are outstanding.Helen, Son attending USC
While trying to juggle the pressures of work, being a full-time college student, and all the extracurriculars I was involved in, I felt reassurance that my transfer applications would excellent because of Chelsea. Chelsea was very thorough and pushed me to open up about the story I had to tell. She gave me tons of information that I would never have known without her help.Transferred to UC Berkeley
Thank you, Kim, from the bottom of my heart. You are sincerely one of the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Thank you for everything that you've done for us.Twins attending UCLA
Chelsea’s experience and knowledge of colleges, her prompt advice at every step of the way, and the kind manner with which she was able to convey key messages to our son were more than we could have asked for.Attending UCLA
Thank you so much for all your help and assistance through this stressful college process… You helped me stay on track and organized while still remaining positive the whole time. Every time I left your office, I felt stress-free and like a burden was lifted off my shoulders ... seriously.Attending Williams College
Words cannot express our gratitude, Jennifer. Your advice gave us direction, confidence, and comfort during the crazy college process. We are very grateful for your patience with us - you always had an answer to our questions and concerns. Thank you for helping facilitate our daughter's Cornell dream!Donna, daughter graduated from Cornell University
Kimberly, As you remind us to thank our teachers and those who helped us in our journey, I was able to reflect on my own journey; I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed, been challenged, (sometimes) dreaded, but been as excited and confident throughout the process if it wasn’t for your compassionate help when I needed it most! I think today marks the end of Teacher Appreciation Week, and I certainly appreciate you. I’m happy to report I’ll be staying in Southern California pursuing a BFA at USC!!, something I know I wouldn’t be able to say if it wasn’t for your strong, supportive, and kind guidance.Attending USC
Thank you for always being there for me, Kim. I would probably have broken apart without your help. True story!Attending UCLA
Thank you, Kim, for all of your help and support with Adrianna through this process. I believe at the beginning she did not think she was going to be able to get into college. Through your patience and coaching, she was able to identify a number of colleges to apply to and successfully get into a majority of those colleges. You gave her the confidence she needed during this process we are extremely grateful for all that you did.Mary, daughter attending St. Mary's College
Thank you so much for your guidance and mentorship. Thank you for the last-minute one-on-one meetings, thank you for being understanding when I failed to meet early deadlines because of the stress that I was going through, thank you for everything that you put yourself through to make my application the best it could have possibly been! All of the success that I have experienced during this crazy application process would not have been possible had it not been for your expertise. Because of you, I can now pursue my passion in the best art school in the country!Attending RISD
Just a quick note to express our appreciation for your dedication to leading Shayan through the college application process. We all truly valued your input and expertise. He is ecstatic about Amherst!Mitrai, son attending Amherst College
Thank you so much for helping me through the crazy college process. You taught me so much about how to organize my time and how I work best. I am so happy to be going to Georgetown! I don't think I could have done it without you.Attending Georgetown University
Thank you for all of your help getting me through this process. Although I had never heard of Lehigh before I met with you, I could not think of a more perfect school for me. I very much enjoyed working with you and appreciate all of your help!Attending Lehigh University
While working with Chelsea I was able to get a complete understanding of the college application process and amazing help along the way. I would not have been able to go through this process without her consistent guidance and reassurance.Attending Northwestern University
Thank you so much for all of your help with my myriad of college applications… for never letting me lose hope in Michigan, and for showing me some of the great things Michigan had to offer me on campus. I truly would not have been able to do it without you, Jennifer. Go Blue!Attending the University of Michigan
What an amazing gift to have had you help each of our boys over-achieve in getting into the colleges of their choice! They could have never done it without your knowledge and guidance.Stan, sons graduated from Pepperdine, USC and Boston College
Jennifer, You guided me from the first step to the last step, with all the frantic emails in between, and still were willing to help me past the last step when I needed it. I sincerely feel that without your help, I would never have heard of Wash U, which is definitely the perfect school for me and at which I know I will thrive ...Attending Washington University in St. Louis
Working with Chelsea was a wonderful experience! She was incredibly helpful throughout the whole application process, but beyond sound advice, she was really invested in my success and because of her help, I’m at the school that is actually perfect for me!Attending Tulane University in the Honors Program