Services


Acceptance Ahead Services for 9th and 10th Grade:
  • Review the student’s academic transcript and personal credentials.
  • Evaluate high school course selection and course rigor for sophomore, junior and senior years.
  • Help students explore appropriate summer programs, internships, employment, community service learning and cultural travel.
  • Assist with summer applications, as needed.
  • Discuss opportunities that maximize students’ interests and their preparation for college.
  • Plan an effective schedule for taking standardized tests and select appropriate test preparation methods.
  • Help prepare initial resume.
Acceptance Ahead Services for 11th Grade:
  • Review the student’s academic transcript and personal credentials.
  • Plan an effective schedule for taking SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and other appropriate standardized tests.
  • Refer students to qualified tutors, as necessary.
  • Generate preliminary list of colleges to explore and visit.
  • Guide families in planning productive and informative visits to colleges.
  • Prepare students for college interviews (admissions and alumni interviews, evaluative and non-evaluative).
  • Advise student athletes regarding recruitment opportunities and procedures.
  • Evaluate extracurricular activities, leadership roles and interests.
  • Assess high school course selection and evaluate course rigor.
  • Help students explore appropriate summer programs, internships, employment, community service learning and cultural travel.
  • Assist with summer applications, as needed.
  • Determine appropriate course selection for junior and senior years.
  • Evaluate opportunities that maximize students’ interests and their preparation for college.
  • Continue development of student resume.
Acceptance Ahead Services for 12th Grade:
  • Review the student’s academic transcript and personal credentials.
  • Plan an effective schedule for taking remaining standardized tests for senior year, if applicable.
  • Assess senior year course selection with an eye toward the student’s current college aspirations.
  • Organize timelines and discuss requirements for college application process.
  • Conduct in-depth evaluation of college preferences with student/parents.
  • Refine college choices, including an appropriate distribution of colleges which are “likely, target and reach” schools.
  • Determine appropriateness of Early Action/Early Decision options.
  • Brainstorm essay topics and ideas for applications.
    • Provide detailed feedback and editing to improve the presentation of each student’s unique character, abilities and interests.
  • Prepare students for college interviews (admissions interviews, alumni interviews, evaluative and non-evaluative).
  • Provide guidance on soliciting teacher and guidance counselor recommendations.
  • Assist students (and parents) in applying for financial aid.
  • Advise students regarding scholarship opportunities.
  • Devise appropriate method of “follow-up” with colleges to determine that all components of the application have been received.
  • Advise students regarding appropriate communication to admissions office after receipt of a “deferred” or a “waitlist” decision.
  • Discuss final college selection after all acceptances are received, including evaluation of financial aid packages.
  • Celebrate with students and families after final decisions have been made!
Acceptance Ahead Consultation Services:

Acceptance Ahead is pleased to offer several hourly plan packages in an effort to provide our services to as many families as possible. We offer hourly plan packages of 20 hours, 12 hours, 6 hours (available to 12th graders only) and 3 hours (available to 9th and 10th graders only).

How We Work:

Acceptance Ahead offers personal advising for students and their parents who wish to expand their knowledge and their confidence as they move through the college application process. Our initial family meeting takes place with both partners of Acceptance Ahead. Nancy and Beth work as a team to ensure that students have the maximum benefit of their combined insight, knowledge and expertise in every aspect of the college admissions process. Each student and parent is encouraged to communicate with either one of the partners of Acceptance Ahead at any point in the admissions process. Acceptance Ahead partners work collaboratively with students and their families – on the phone, electronically or in person.

We recognize that the application process can be strenuous and all-consuming, and we are here to help organize the process for our families. We enjoy offering information and strategic advice and simply providing reassurance and calm. Our team approach ensures that every step of the process is met with collective wisdom, perspective and a sense of humor so that each student (and his or her family) successfully masters the admissions challenge.