Collectively, the counselors at College Calm bring over 60 years of expertise to the college counseling process. We have experience as college admissions officers, college athletic coaches, service-learning specialists, mental health counselors, scholarship administrators, and immersion program leaders. We work with student profiles ranging from a 2.5 GPA to a 4.5 GPA and enjoy working with all kinds of teenagers. We take great pride in our ability to meet students where they are and helping families navigate through the process in a calm, efficient, and engaging manner. Over the last 12 years, we have honed and crafted the most effective and thoughtful way to move through all aspects of the college application process. Every year we update, refine, and improve our programs and materials and this year we are excited to offer expanded services to meet the needs of all students and families.
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES
In the early years of high school, we help students make the most of their high school experience. We cover topics, including extracurricular activities, class selection, interest inventories, and summer planning. We aim to demystify the college process and help students explore the multitude of options in front of them. Families can engage with us by choosing the Student Synergy Project or hourly appointments.
The Student Synergy Project (SSP) is a flexible personalized summer project where students work with a coach to brainstorm their interests, refine their ideas, create a project plan, perform research, meet with experts, and present a final 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 dynamic summer curriculum for rising freshman, sophomores and juniors. On a college application, students need to be able to tell their story, and the SSP works with younger students to develop the beginning of their story. The project includes a group meeting, 1-1 sessions, and frequent check-ins. Offered only May-August
In the early years of high school, we offer in-person hourly advice and guidance to help students make the most of their high school experience. We cover topics, including extracurricular activities, class selection, interest inventories, and summer planning. We always send students off with suggestions and assignments. Families can choose to do the Early High School Package or work hourly.
JUNIORS & SENIORS
In the later years of high school, we focus on preparing and completing the college application process. We cover topics including, but not limited to course selection, extracurricular and community service activities, summer programs, college investigations and research, balanced college list, standardized testing, application timelines, resumes, interviews, college visits, essays, and total application review.
Starting at the end of sophomore year and through junior year, we help students set their college priorities and major preferences. Then we create an initial college list, outline a testing strategy, plan school visits, and examine summer and extracurricular options. We know students who thoughtfully investigate their college options have a much easier time completing the college application process.
The summer between junior and senior year, we focus on writing essays and preparing for college applications. Our approach is proactive, we work with students to plan and prepare during the summer, so they have the time to create and complete thoughtful applications that express all of their accomplishments and dreams.
The fall of senior year is one of the most stressful times a student will face. Our goal is to get students to move past the stressful moments by following a detailed plan for completing their personal statements, supplemental essays, alumni interviews, and electronic applications. The package includes electronic organizational systems, interest inventories, access to our database of original resource videos, family checklists, webinars, an annual family meeting, optional intensive workshops, and comprehensive essay review by two counselors. The package includes 30 hours of individual counseling/email/essay editing. If a student exceeds 30 hours, the family will be notified and billed at an hourly rate. To save your space, you must have a family meeting and put down a $500 deposit for the package.
We know students often have trouble completing tasks before a deadline or spending the time they need to be thoughtful about the college process. Our workshops are designed with the completion of tangible goals in mind. Each workshop is 3.5 hours and includes instruction by our experienced staff, activities to support student reflection, one-on-one meetings with a counselor, and work time to reinforce learning and produce results. The workshops are packed with checklists, timelines, essential resources, and proprietary College Calm materials we have refined over 12 years. Although each workshop is a stand-alone topic, students who complete all four workshops will be better prepared to tackle the college application process. Workshops are open to sophomores who want to get started early (recommended especially for recruited athletes) and are included in College Calm Counseling Package. Please visit our Intensive Workshop or click here to sign up.
With hourly services, the most successful students are self-driven and come in for a session to discuss and review ideas with a counselor. Students and/or parents schedule one-hour sessions for assistance in specific areas. Recommended for independent students who are NOT the first in their family to go through the college process. Session times are based upon counselor availability. As an hourly family, it is important a parent or student notifies their counselor of the specific goals for the hourly work.