College Admission Prep Camp (TM)
College Admission Prep CampTM is an 11-day program that comprehensively prepares students for the college admissions process. It gives students the unique chance to live on a prestigious college campus, learn about college life first-hand, and prepare for significant academic opportunities with the help and guidance of experienced professionals.
The program curriculum includes three core components: SAT preparation that uses market-leading materials and instruction; personal statement writing for the college admission essay; and college counseling from an experienced staff of academic advisors.
- SAT Preparation: College Admission Prep Camp is an opportunity to learn the skills needed for success on the SAT, including essay writing techniques, grammar skills, advanced math and critical reading. Our experienced instructors employ the exclusive and time-tested Test Scholars SAT curriculum, which familiarizes students with all aspects of the new SAT exam. Our focus is to provide students with the test taking strategies and reasoning skills, rather than training students to rely primarily on tricks. Test Scholars students have historically scored average increases of nearly 200 points! College Admission Prep Camp is uniquely equipped to maximize SAT scores because our curriculum utilizes College Board materials. Rather than try to mimic the College Board’s questions, the program purchases all exams directly from the test maker. Students receive practice workbooks and exams, and a set Test Scholars’ exclusive flash cards- 800 of the most important SAT vocabulary words, plus 250 math flash cards for review of important formulas and techniques. Overall, campers receive 40 hours of supervised SAT prep. This is double what most competing programs offer and will undoubtedly ready students for this monumentally important examination.
- Personal Statement Writing: The Personal Statement is a student’s chance to show that he/she is more than a test score or grade point average. It is a significant platform for demonstrating clarity, character and unquantifiable qualifications for college admittance. To this end, College Admission Prep Camp offers every student hours of one-on-one consulting with expert writing instructors during a daily block dedicated solely to honing each student’s work. From the conception of an essay topic to the final revised piece, the writing program teaches students how to write the kind of essay that will present them in the best light during the college admission process. Students learn to express the self-awareness, imagination, and curiosity that will make them attractive candidates to selective colleges. By the end of the program, each student will have written about a meaningful personal topic that is ready, or nearly ready, for submission with his or her college application.
- College Counseling: Even at the most prestigious private high schools the ratio of students to counselors can exceed 100:1, offering minimal individual contact and attention. College Admission Prep Camp gives each participant direct access to some of the top guidance counselors in the country. College counselors identify excellent colleges that are appropriate for each student’s interests and academic background. The program's counselors help students pinpoint top quality schools that are best suited to their particular needs and interests. Students leave at the end of camp with a list of potential schools that have been reviewed and discussed individually with a college counselor.
“My son commented on just how fantastic the entire staff was. They really made the camp.”
-Jon Valentino, College Admission Prep Camp Cal Attendee Parent
"My fear of the college admission process was taking the SAT test; but with all of this practice, my fear faded away. The college counselor helped me realize other factors when looking for a college besides being qualified."
-Elizabeth Magana, College Admission Prep Camp Camper
“The best features of the camp are its intensity and [the staff's] dedication to its students...the camp demanded your focus."
-Ben Cohen, College Admission Prep Camp Camper
"I would recommend this program to international students because it gives you a lot of knowledge on US universities.”
-Jose Aguilar, College Admission Prep Camp Camper
College Admission Prep Camp (TM) - Staff Profiles
Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:
Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major. He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years, including providing private SAT instruction for students from across the globe. Steven currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to tutoring, Steven works as a painter- he has shown in galleries in...
Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia Middleton Scholarship for excellence in academics and creative writing, and he earned his MFA in poetry from the Univ. of Las Vegas,...
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.