Class of 2022 College Application Game Plan (Bay Area–Redwood City) Now Enrolling

My College Application Game Plan Program: Current Juniors! Enjoy your senior year free of application stress by participating in this program.  Beginning with college workshops and a family meeting in the junior year, students receive instrumental support launching their application process. Students also reserve a coveted spot in the 2021 College Application Café, a week-long writing intensive camp during which students complete their personal statement (“The Essay”) and member-specific responses (“The Supplementals”). Enrollment limited to 10 per summer session. Instructor to student ratio 5:1 as we include the essay writing expertise of Pam Borromeo, an nine-year veteran instructor with the Café program.

Class of 2022 My College Application Game Plan Cost: $3,250

My College Application Game Plan Premium Program: For families (or athletes!) desiring more intensive support, a limited number of Premium opportunities are available for purchase.  The Premium Program includes all components of the  Application Game Plan Program plus weekly check-ins & progress updates.  Inquire for additional information; participation by permission only.  Class of 2022 Premium Program Cost: $5,500

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Class of ’22 My College Application Game Plan Includes:

  1. 11th Grade College Launch Workshop (group) beginning the application process (fall/winter of ‘20-21; 1.5 hours).
    1. The workshop addresses the following topics: constructing your college list, strategizing college visits & research, demonstrating interest in a pandemic, testing strategies for SAT/ACT/SAT II Subject Tests, obtaining stellar teacher recommendations & creating a standout activity list.  For workshop dates/times, see below.
  1. 11th Grade Family Meeting (individual) creating a family’s college strategy (post-workshop ‘20-21; 1 hour)
  2. 11th Grade Activity List Workshop (group) creating acceptance-worthy entries (spring ’21; 1.5 hours)
  3. 11th Grade College Research Workshop (group) finding college-specific info to construct essays (spring ’21; 1 hr.)
  4. 12th Grade Essay Boot Camp (group), a week-long, intensive writing camp (summer 2021; 35+ hours) Camp focuses on completing all college application writing, from creating a winning personal statement (The Essay) to writing successful response to college-specific questions (member-specific essays/supplementals).
  5. 12th Grade Final Essay Review (individual/electronic) Emily & colleague review all application writing. Several drafts exchanges via Essay Tracker portal – detailed feedback & verbal coaching provided (fall ‘21; 2 hours)
  6. 11th & 12th Grade Electronic Communication (individual) addressing questions about your college path
  7. 11th & 12th Grade Unlimited access to Custom College Plan, a user-friendly software program providing college organization & research tools as well as a wealth of proprietary resources such as model essays & planners
  8. Access to weekly My College Game Plan Newsletter updating families about critical college information. Guarantees students stay on track for SAT ACT test prep timeline, letters of recommendation, virtual college fairs, etc.

12th Grade Essay Boot Camp Summer 2021 provides expert guidance for students in a small group setting to complete all components of their applications. Since 2010, Pam and Emily have coached over 500 seniors successfully through the college essay process. During camp, the student: teacher ratio is 5:1.

12th Grade College Essay Boot Camp Components

The Common Application (used by most private schools across the U.S.)

  • Personal Statement (500-650 words)
  • Activities List (Ten 150-character descriptions of activities)
  • Additional Information (up to 650 words/when appropriate)
  • COVID-19 response (250 words/when appropriate)

The Coalition Application (University of Washington)

  • Personal Statement (650 words)
  • Activities List (Eight 150-character descriptions of activities)
  • Additional Information (when appropriate)

The UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQ’s) or Common App equivalent (if NOT applying to the UC’s):

  • Four “Personal Insight” Responses (350 words each totaling 1,400 words combined)
  • Activities List – How to Utilize the 20-Entry UC Space

Drafting responses to standard “member-specific” or “supplemental” questions, including:

  • Why do you want to attend Dreamschool U?
  • Why do you wish to major in X?

2021 College Essay Boot Camp Dates:

Session I: June TBD

Session II: July TBD

Session III: July TBD

Session IV: August TBD

*College Launch Workshops are the first component of the program. The session focuses on developing appropriate college application strategies for their current junior (Class of 2022 student), including:

* developing a working college list
* understanding financial aid (need versus merit-based schools)
* demonstrating interest
* standardized testing strategies & requirements
* obtaining great letters of recommendation
* utilizing the Common Application, Coalition Application, and UC System
* developing a great activity list
* working with Custom College Plan software

2020-21 Workshop Dates (Choose ONE session):

Sunday, September TBD

Sunday, October TBD

Sunday, October TBD

Sunday, November TBD

Sunday, November TBD

Sunday, November TBD