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Greenhaus College Consulting offers a variety of services from comprehensive college planning to mentoring students towards their college and career goals. With the Greenhaus approach, we customize each service to meet your needs. Located in San Diego, we work with local clients in person and with clients out of the area by Skype, email and phone.

Services Include:

 

Assisting high school students in building a solid academic plan will prepare them for a successful college experience. When we develop a strong academic foundation, we take into account the student’s possible major, selectivity of the college, and freshman requirements for private and public universities. Expert Academic Planning goes beyond scheduling classes, it focuses on a four year plan and takes into consideration a student’s passions and interests. Careful consideration is taken to prepare future engineers and science majors. We will also explore how you might add summer classes for credit through community college, online options and pre-college programs.

Jumpstart to College focuses on sophomores wanting a head start on college planning or those students choosing to remediate classes and get back on track. This package will include learning style assessments, academic planning, and summer activity planning. Each package will be customized to the student’s needs. 3 sessions in total.

PHASE 1: SPRING of Junior Year

Exploration: When we first begin working with students, we like to spend some time helping them learn about who they are, and how that will translate to their educational choices about college and their decision of where to spend the next four years. Once students learn more about themselves, they feel more confident about making decisions. The overall goal of this phase is to have the students emerge from this process with self confidence and the enthusiasm to move onto the next phase.

This process will include:

  • Personality Testing, Learning Style Quiz, Educational Questionnaires, and Career Matching Assessments.
  • Discussions about school work.
  • Academic planning for senior year.
  • Testing strategies.
  • Volunteer work and summer planning.
  • Building good relationships with teachers.
  • Educating Students and Families on the College Admissions Process.

 

PHASE 2: SUMMER before Senior Year

Planning: Summer is a great time for our students to become organized and focused on the college search process. Our ultimate goal is help our Seniors be prepared for the fall.

The planning phase consists of:

  • Developing a customized list of 10-15 colleges.
  • Evaluation for Potential Merit Scholarships.
  • Refining the Student Activity Resume.
  • Beginning the college essay.
  • Developing topics for supplemental essays.
  • Campus Visit Planning and Preparation.
  • Developing an Action Timeline to help keep the student on task.

 

PHASE 3: FALL of Senior Year

Applying: The goal of the application phase is to make sure the student is fully engaged in the application process. The counselor is ready to answer questions and keep the student on task and focused. The major activities included are listed below:

  • Follow an Action Timeline to meet application/essay deadlines.
  • Complete any of the outstanding work from Phase 1 & 2.
  • Prepare Brag Packets for Teachers/Counselors to assist with Letters of Recommendation.
  • Begin the Common Application/UC Application/CSU Application.
  • Essay Brainstorming/Review Sessions.
  • Application Strategies: Early Decision, Early Action.
  • Help with Demonstrating Interest to your top choice colleges.
  • Review and Revise all of the applications prior to submission.
  • Financial Aid Consulting for Families.
  • Interview Preparation.
  • Documentation Follow-up.

 

PHASE 4: SPRING of Senior Year

Selection: The goal of this phase is to evaluate all of your options to find your best college fit. The major activities included are listed below:

  • Consultation on various college options.
  • Financial Aid Award Breakdown.
  • Freshman Transition Advising.
  • Accommodations Advising for LD & ADHD Students.
  • General Consultations as needed.

The number of sessions of a transfer student package is based on the number of applications as well as the timeframe for transfer. We meet with transfer students from January – March helping them articulate themselves in the transfer admission process. Transfer students will often work with us through a variety of formats including email, phone and Skype.

Application Review

We assist students with completing applications and reviewing their final draft before submitting to the colleges. Special attention is given to the activities section of the college application. Students will need to present their student resume as a way to showcase their talents and skills. Our goal is to help them present themselves as their best candidate.

Essay Coaching

While some students will have little trouble getting started with the essay, revising the essay and focusing on key factors that make it personal will be the most challenging part of the application process. Others will procrastinate on how to begin their first draft and need assistance with how to brainstorm for topics. Overall, the essay can create some stress for students and having an essay coach help to guide you in a positive direction can make all the difference.

Wait List Support

Students will receive guidance on how to demonstrate continued interest while on a wait list.

General Educational Consultations are available for Private High School Admissions Applications.

Greenhaus Consulting has worked with many students with various learning differences and ADD challenges and assisted them through the entire admissions cycle. We take pride in helping students find their voice in their admissions essays and feel quite confident with their ability to succeed in the admissions process. We can also help student to attain accommodations at the college level.

This package has been quite useful to many families as it prepares students to arrive on campus with a solid plan in place. Few consultants offer this level of support and consultation. We offer a customized mini package that focuses on getting ready for college. One on One student sessions are combined with educational research and parent consultations. This service can be quite helpful for students needing to secure academic accommodations through the Office of Disabilities but is not limited to these services. Sessions can include, choosing classes, special housing, resources for learning support, preparing the student to interface with the office of disabilities, setting up a college success plan over the summer, and registering for summer classes. Greenhaus Educational Consulting will interface with the office of disabilities at your university and help you to locate additional resources to help you succeed.

Academic coaching is available to students who wish to improve their academic skill set.  Making the transition to college can be quite an adjustment for students who have struggled with various learning challenges during high school. Weekly coaching sessions are customized and structured to meet the needs of each student while assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Students will focus on practicing better study habits, keeping track of weekly assignments, how to avoid procrastination, getting organized, interfacing with professors, understanding the syllabus, examining their personal motivation and taking ownership of their academic success. The goal of academic coaching is to assess the students current level of functioning while assisting them in creating both short and learn term goals. While the majority of students begin using our academic coaching services during freshman year, these services can benefit students at any point in college who experience obstacles that might prevent them in achieving their full potential.