Classroom Course - for 2018 graduates

  • All three 2017 Classroom Courses for 2018 grads are now full.  
  • For future year courses, see Small Group Courses.



An overview:


The Classroom Course for junior students breaks the process down into proven, manageable, and timely assignments that build familiarity, knowledge, and confidence in students and includes:

  • Four class meetings are spread out over 8 months: Jan/Feb thru Oct.  See outline below.
  • Critically timed student and parent assignments help to manage a multitude of deadlines.
  • Three personalized and written evaluations throughout the course:
    1.  Initial Evaluation: recommendations on senior courses, testing, activities, colleges
    2.  Apply List Evaluation
    3.  Content Draft/Essay Feedback
  • Ongoing communications via email and phone as needed.  Students and parents can contact us with questions and issues as they arise.  This continues through the research process, developing the apply list, completing applications, writing essays, and making final decisions.
  • Parent Information Night in June.  The goal of the evening is to present an overview of the decision-making process towards college and to review deadlines and key resources.  Includes a financial aid introduction and tips for helping your students.  Q&A time is provided and is an extremely valuable portion of the evening.


  • Designed for students only, however we do include a Parent Information Night and include parents in all on-going communications.
  • Designed for and limited to public school students only; private school students, please see Individual Package details.
  • All courses and workshops are team taught by Marna, Celeste, and/or Lynn Rice.
  • If your student has lower than a 3.0 cumulative GPA -  AND one or more D or F grades in high school, then we strongly recommend also having a Consultation to make sure appropriate steps (courses and tests) are being taken to be eligible to apply to colleges as well as to increase chances of college success.
  • Students need to purchase the book on their own, which costs about $13 dollars.
  • Each Course is capped at 18 students.
  • Courses fill quickly!  In 2016, Courses reached capacity by mid-January, so register ASAP.



  • Empowers students to "own" their college admission process
  • Knowledgeable guidance helps to reduce student and parent stress
  • Improves applications and essays
  • Reduces parent-student conflicts
  • Increases college options for students
  • Improves organization to meet deadlines
  • Reduces the risk of choosing unwisely
  • Affordable and unique option, compared to Individual Package

 Read feedback from our past students:




Class 1 - Late jan or early Feb
Starting Point: You and Your College Search


  • Self-assessments; identifying your needs and wants for colleges that fit you best
  • Clearing up myths on college rankings and admissions
  • Why researching college campuses is vitally important to finding colleges right for you
  • How to research colleges
  • The importance of college visits and how to plan your campus tours
  • SAT and ACT testing considerations:  timing, prepping, and re-testing
  • Personalized, written feedback and recommendations: senior year course selections, CSU/UC eligibility, admission testing, extra-curricular activities, and suggested college campuses to research and visit.


Class 2 - June, after finals
Organizing Your Application Information & Finalizing Your List

  • Round-table discussions on college visit assignments; students learn from each others' experiences
  • Introduction to different applications and deadlines:  CSU, UC, and private colleges
  • Discussion of the ultimate goal:  having options come spring of senior year
  • Categorizing your college apply list into safety, target, and reach categories
  • Working towards finalizing your apply list
  • Personalized and written feedback on your Apply List to ensure you'll have options
  • Beginning applications
  • How to prioritize and manage deadlines
  • Starting UC Personal Insight answers


Class 3 - late August
Application Workshop

  • Having started applications, round-table discussions on which information to include
  • The gritty details on applications:  CSU, UC, Common Application
  • Focusing on student activities listings: what to include and how best to detail


Class 4 - Mid Sept
Essay Workshop

  • Guidance in writing unique and effective essays of about 500 words or more
  • Using Common Application and Coalition prompts or one of your own
  • Discussion of how and why admissions essays differ from typical high school essays
  • Stressing the importance of the individual student voice
  • Practice student-approved essay brainstorming exercises on topics and content development
  • Walk out with a first rough draft completed and ready for initial detailed, written feedback


Plus 2 Individual Essay Review Sessions in October

  • Working one-on-one with you
  • 30-minute sessions
  • Guiding your content, structure, and student voice
  • Goal of a more effective and impactful essay within your overall application package



2017 course schedules and locations:

(for students graduating in 2018)

A:    At Leigh High School- room TBD:        Jan 30           7 - 9:30 pm  
                                                                        June 13         1 - 3:30 pm
                                                                        Aug 21          7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                        Sept 11          7 - 9:30 pm
Plus 2 Individual Essay Reviews in October; specific dates to be determined.

  • Early Registration fee:  $800, deadline of 1-4-17
  • Regular registration fee:  $850
  • NOTE: All public school students welcome at any course location.


B:  At Leigh High School - room TBD:        Feb 2            7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                       June 13         7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                       Aug 28          7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                       Sept 18         7 - 9:30 pm
Plus 2 Individual Essay Reviews in October; specific dates to be determined.

  • Early Registration fee:  $800, deadline of 1-4-17
  • Regular registration fee:  $850
  • NOTE: All public school students welcome at any course location.


C:  At Prospect High School - library:        Feb 6             7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                     June 22          1 - 3:30 pm
                                                                     Aug 31           7 - 9:30 pm
                                                                     Sept 14          7 - 9:30 pm
Plus 2 Individual Essay Reviews in October; specific dates to be determined.

  • Early Registration fee:  $800, deadline of 1-4-17
  • Regular registration fee:  $850
  • NOTE: All public school students welcome at any course location.


To register for a 2017 classroom course, register online.

Note:  Registration link to go live by Dec 12, 2016.



FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions on our Classroom Course:

1.  Can I attend classes with my student?
The classes are for the students only.  Our philosophy, in agreement with colleges and universities, is that students need to "own" the college application process, and the best way to accomplish that is for students to receive essential information and interact with other students in a classroom environment.  We do keep parents engaged and informed in a variety of ways including a Parent Information Night in June, email summaries after each class, and individual written evaluations throughout the course. We are also available whenever you have a question or concern -- just email or phone us. We continue to answer questions through out the research, application and decision-making stages of the process. 

2.  Why is student engagement at the center of your philosophy?
The more engaged students are in the process, the better the outcome of an enthusiastic college student who’s thriving in a well-matched learning environment.  The more passive a student is in the process, the greater the likelihood for disappointment and regret as an outcome.

3. When can I register my junior student for a course?
We open registrations in about mid-December of your student's junior year. 

4.  How quickly do courses fill?
Very quickly.  Last year's courses reached capacity by mid January.

5.  What if my student cannot make a scheduled class for the course being registered for?
We do offer make-up class options, although these have additional fees.  See details on Registration page.

6.  How should we decide between got college? and a company that helps with financial aid and scholarships?
Before signing with any company, please read guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission about unscrupulous companies with scams on scholarships and financial aid assistance.  Note:  you should never pay to apply for scholarships.  If you have to pay money to get money, chances are it's a scam.  got college? offers guidance on steps to take with regards to financial aid, but our focus is on the entire decision-making process towards college: on finding best-fit colleges for each individual student which includes financial fit, on developing a balanced apply list to maximize college options, and in breaking down the process into timely and manageable steps - including applications, essays, AND applying for financial aid. Since the largest source of "free" money is from the institutions themselves, this is taken into account from the start.  The best way to search for additional and supplemental scholarships is to use free scholarship-matching services, like those we list on our Resources page - Scholarship Searches.  Reputable college advisors will not make guarantees of any type. 

7. How can I be one of the first to learn about future Classroom Courses for my younger student?
Please complete a Contact Us form to receive course schedules and details in December of your student's junior year.


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