Student Synergy Project
A meaningful, self-directed summer project for high school students.
What is the Student Synergy Project?
We have taken everything we have learned is important to student success in our college counseling practice—understanding personal strengths, developing interests, taking an initiative, collaborating with mentors and finding purpose and created a curriculum for rising freshman, sophomores and juniors.
The Student Synergy Project (SSP) is a flexible summer program where students work with a coach to brainstorm their interests, narrow down concepts, perform research, refine their ideas, create a plan, meet with experts and present a final project.
We believe the SSP is important because colleges are looking for students who take initiative in their areas of interest. The SSP helps students identify these areas and allows students to demonstrate both initiative and depth. On a college application, students need to be able to tell their story. The SSP works with younger students to start developing their story, one they will build on throughout the rest of high school
As a result of participating in the Student Synergy Project, our evaluations show that ALL students:
What the Parents & Students are Saying...
The most useful part of SSP was the first session where you gave us a sheet with tons of different very specific topics so we could narrow it down. At least for me, I have a lot of interests and narrowing it down can be hard.
I learned that I am really interested in making the environment a healthier place.
The SSP exceeded my expectations. The amount of time my student spent was more than I expected and the pride he felt in the end result was great.
I would recommend SSP to other families. It’s wonderful when a teenager has an adult outside the family, not a teacher or coach, who is a resource, especially someone who cares about their interests.
The Synergy project was an amazing experience for our student. He stretched himself, learned something completely new, and contributed significantly to something greater than himself; all things he would not have done had he not been fortunate enough to be in contact with you. Thank you for all of your patience, encouragement, and guidance.”
The best part of the SSP for me was talking to experts and putting myself out to learn more about a topic that interested me.
I learned that I can do so much with my time when I am focused and determined to create something. This project has taught me that I am capable of so much.
Frequently Asked Questions
The SSP is a great way to build the foundation to answer many of the UC Insight Questions, including “Think about an academic subject that inspires you and describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom” and “What have you done to make your school or community a better place?” The SSP also helps students tell the story for the common supplemental essay “What do you want to study at X University?”
The program includes pre-work inventories and videos, three 1-1 sessions with a coach, and two phone/email/facetime check-ins between sessions. Families will also receive resources for college planning and executive functioning. If you sign up before April 15th the cost is $650/student. After April, the price will go up to $699. Space is limited to 20 students for the summer.
Students will start with pre-work and then meet 1-1 with their counselor beginning in June. The meeting times are flexible and based on student and coach availability. Students are encouraged to attend a final group session (projected dates are Friday, August 7th, Saturday, August 8th and/or Monday, August 10th).
Student Synergy Project (SSP)Jump start your Summer Vacation!
Plan your project with the help of a professional coach
Create and execute a meaningful project
Get a head start on the College Application Process