Independent College Counseling
Dana works closely with students in grades 10-12 to support them and their families throughout the college search. Collaborating with students and parents allows for a transparent working relationship, where students and parents are able to raise questions throughout the entire search, application, and decision-making process. A sampling of our work in each year includes the following:
-Discuss academic, extra-curricular, and career interests; Recommend connected opportunities to pursue passions and leadership positions
-Review academic record and advise on course selection based on areas of interest and academic rigor
-When applicable, review neuropsychological evaluations and IEPs/504 Plans to advise on accommodations and colleges with ideal programs
-Create comprehensive college list, including likely, realistic, and reach schools for student to research
-Assist in preparing for college visits and evaluating college fit following tours and interviews
-Organize standardized testing schedule and refer student to well-matched tutors
-Brainstorm essay topics for college essay and school-specific supplemental essays, supporting the complete writing and editing process
-Finalize college list and application strategy
-Assist student in organizing all application materials
-Guide student and family through financial aid and merit scholarship application processes
-Compare acceptance and financial aid packages to support student and family in making final college decision
-Prepare student for differences between high school and college, connect with various support services prior to the start of freshman year, and empower student to self-advocate to ensure needs are met once enrolled
Executive Function Coaching
Dana provides coaching to students on an hourly basis, and typically meets with students 1-2 times per week.
-Coaching is offered to students in grades 6-12, college, and graduate or professional school.
-Prior to working with students, Dana discusses strengths, challenges, and goals with students and parents & reviews any relevant documentation, such as neuropsychological reports and IEPs/504 Plans.
-Dana connects with families following each appointment to share information covered and raise questions or concerns, ensuring transparency and ease of communication.
Common coaching session topics include:
Project Management: planning short- and long-term assignments
Time Management: assessing in-school and out-of-school responsibilities and creating a plan to best utilize a student’s time
Paper & Presentation Preparation: reviewing teacher’s assignment, creating outlines, completing research, writing and revising drafts
Self-Advocacy: identifying strengths and weaknesses & building communication strategies to connect with teachers and peers