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Educational Consulting Services for High School Juniors

This is an exciting time in your student's life. It can also be a daunting one.

College Find helps your teen navigate the complex world of college admissions with confidence.

Adelphie Building by College Find, Educational Consulting for Marin and NationwideHow? First, we use questionnaires, interviews and a personality profile so that your student can understand his or her unique abilities and interests.

Why is this important? By laying a positive foundation, students begin the process from a place of strength.

What's next? We guide your teen in prioritizing the factors that are most important in his or her college search. A customized list of carefully selected colleges increases the likelihood of several excellent matches.

What about the "production phase" of college applications? Through each step of the rigorous application process, College Find gives your son or daughter the tools to:

  • Organize and focus
  • Highlight strengths
  • Meet deadlines

The Exploratory Session (about 2 hours)

This one-time meeting is a great way for ambitious families to launch the college process. We'll reveal strategies that will set your student apart and lay a solid foundation to help you organize for the future. The best timing is the summer before junior year through the spring of the junior year. This session is essential for families who want to work with College Find. It includes:

  • Student and Parent Questionnaires (completed prior to meeting)
  • Interview with Student and Parents to Determine Goals and Priorities
  • Guidance on High School Course Selection
  • Overview of the Admissions Process
  • Understanding Test Options
  • Résumé Worksheet
  • Analysis of 5 Colleges of Student's Choice
  • Additional Information upon Request about: Athletic Recruiting, College Admissions for Those with Learning Disabilities, Audition or Portfolio-based Admissions into Music, Theater and Art Colleges, Financial Aid, etc.

Once you've gotten to know how College Find works, you're ready to choose between the Comprehensive Package, the 20 Hour Package and the Value Packages.

The Comprehensive Package for Juniors (unlimited)

Northeastern University by College Find, Educational Consultants for Marin and NationwideThis premiere package is ideal for families seeking expanded guidance. It includes everything listed in the Basic Package below but with more time and attention devoted to specific areas important to your child's success. It is the most cost effective for:

  • Students applying to highly competitive colleges requiring many essays and supplements
  • Students who thrive when given extra support to complete tasks
  • Recruited athletes
  • Students seeking audition/portfolio based admissions
  • Students with learning differences

The 20 Hour Package

For busy families who would like professional guidance through all the important steps, this is the perfect choice, especially if you don't have the time, experience or resources to research a well-balanced college list. Self-starters and organized students do especially well with this package, while others may need more time. This selection may include:

Sessions leading to the College List:

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  1. The Personality Profile Session (about 1 1/2 hours between student and advisor)
  2. The College Factors Session (about 2 hours with student and parents)
  3. Research and Development of an Individualized List of Colleges (hours vary)

The College List Session (about an hour)

Consultation and feedback on the list.

Sessions Leading to a Completed Application:

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  1. The Organizing Session (about 2 hours)
  2. The College Résumé (hours vary)
  3. College Essay Session (about two hours)
  4. Online Essay Collaboration (hours vary)
  5. Individual Guidance on Applications (hours vary)
  6. Interview Preparation (about an hour)
  7. Guidance on Final Choices (about an hour)
  8. Customized Solutions

Value Packages (5 or 10 hrs)

These packages are the popular choice for families and students who need partial guidance in the college admissions process. They work especially well when a college list has already been identified. We'll help you choose which sessions listed above will best support you as you apply to colleges.

The High School Athlete

Athletes bring a unique and sought-after skill to college communities. Whether your student is interested in playing at the Division I, Division II or Division III level, it is usually up to the student to reveal his or her skills to the coach. It's important, then, to understand the steps to best showcase your teen's ability. College Find will not only find the schools that are seeking your student's talent, but also inform and support your student through the recruiting process.

Students Skilled in the Visual and Performing Arts

Is your student a gifted musician, singer, artist, actor or dancer? If so, there may be a special path through the college admissions door. College Find will not only find the schools that are seeking your student's talent, but also inform and support your student through the audition or portfolio process.

Students with Learning Differences

While all colleges offer some services for student who learn differently, programs and support vary widely from campus to campus. It's important to know where your student can find success. College Find knows the questions to ask and the places to look based on your student's profile. 


"Gael created a structure for our daughter to work within. She was able to have an objective person respond to her questions and help her refine her choice. The timeline structure created a more relaxed environment at home because I didn't need to become involved in enforcing deadlines."

~ Elyse Pasha (daughter, Cherylann, at College of the Holy Cross)

Lafayette University Statue by College Find, Educational Consultants for Marin and Nationwide

"None of this would have been possible without you. You made sure we were on target; we didn't scramble at the last minute and we never went to the Panic Room. I actually had a good time doing this with Greyson. I can tell you, since I'm spending a lot of time at track meets with other senior parents, they did not have a good experience and you can see the worry in their face. I consider myself blessed."

~ Lori Tarantino (son, Greyson, at UC Davis)

Lehigh University by College Find, Educational Consultants for Marin and Nationwide

"Gael, I truly appreciated your timely help and guidance. Michael's process was fairly organized because of your organization. Honestly, our only problem was making a choice of college after he was accepted to so many."

~ Kerry Keefe (son, Michael, at Seattle U.)

Indiana University by College Find, Educational Consultants for Marin and Nationwide

Contact Educational Consultant Gael Casner for expert college advise in Marin County and Nationwide