11th grade

Creating your strategy

Get down to business with:

  • Scholarship search guidance
  • Building and refining your college list
  • Communications: resumes, interviews and social media
  • Defining your testing and test prep schedules
  • Developing your application strategy
  • Essay writing techniques and exercises to bring out your true voice
  • Getting great letters of recommendation

By the end of August, students will have drafts of their major applications (Common App, Coalition App, ApplyTexas, UC/CSU and other multiple user platforms) and at least four essays: the primary personal statement (“Common app essay), an intellectual interest essay, “my favorite activity,” and a sample “Why Us?” essay.

8th and 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
High School Plan/GPA X X X -
College and Career Assessments X X X -
Record-Keeping X X X X
Scholarships X X X X
Standardized Testing - X X X
College Research - X X X
Applications - - X X
Essays - - X X
Financial Aid - - - X

Student Self-Assessment

The search for the right colleges begins with exploring oneself, rather than a list of colleges, Assists students in developing their Strengths-Based Profile.

Academic Planning

It is critical to have a road map for academic planning. Print and review your High School Curriculum and admission requirements and learn to plan for prerequisites and electives.

Standardized Tests

Review the differences between ACT &SAT. Introduces SAT Subject tests, AP tests and other assessments. Helps students create a plan for testing.

College Search

Helps students develop their Key College Criteria and learn how to narrow their choice of colleges to a manageable list to explore. Helps prepare families for meaningful campus visits.

College Essays

Personal essays are the most time-consuming part of college applications, and typically a big source of stress for students. Learn techniques for creating a compelling essay that really reflects you.

Financial Aid

Many families are overwhelmed with the thought of financing college education. The first step is to understand the costs. Then look at options such as federal, state and college specific aid, as well as student loans and other forms of funding.

Scholarship Search

Students can be awarded scholarships for any number of qualities: grades, athletics, outstanding interests and more. Helps students to organize efforts to pinpoint their strengths and launch their scholarship search today!


Assists students in preparing resumes, professional email correspondence, and powerful online profiles to complement their interests and career development.


Managing college applications can be a daunting task. Provide students with a means of tracking applications, essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, standardized tests, and more!