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College Counseling for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Making the transition to high school is a big change for students and their families.  The academic coursework and grades in the freshman and sophomore years establish the rest of the four year plan. Both the rigor of the coursework and the grades a student earns continue to be the most important factors in college admissions.

Doing College meets with 9th and 10th graders and their families to provide an overview of the college admissions process, a detailed roadmap for the high school years and help identifying significant activities for involvement both in and out of school.  The session takes general information that is available to all, and reconstructs it with a specific focus on your student’s interests and needs.

Introductory Session for Freshmen and Sophomores

College Counseling Services for High School Freshmen and Sophomores in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda California and NationwideThe Freshman and Sophomore Introductory Session ensures that a student and family members understand how colleges make admission decisions and what factors are most important to college success. Specifically, this single session offers:

  • Review of student transcript and academic history
  • Review of high school's current course offerings
  • Advise about what future coursework to consider
  • Counsel about how to access most rigorous courses
  • Review standardized testing (ACT/SAT/SAT Subject Tests/AP Exams); recommend timeline and dedicated, professional test preparation providers of high integrity
  • Help identifying appropriate academic tutors and addressing special needs, if necessary
  • Suggest school-based as well as extracurricular activities; ways to expand and leverage involvement to student’s best advantage
  • Explore opportunities for enrichment and ways to develop student interests and talents
  • Special resources for college-bound athletes, students interested in the arts and those students challenged by learning differences ( by request)

Comprehensive Services

College Counseling Services for High School Freshmen and Sophomores in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda California and NationwideThe Freshman or Sophomore Introductory Session provides a perfect opportunity to get to know more about Doing College and the benefits of having personalized attention. Many students and their families choose to continue the advantages of this expanded guidance through the high schools years.  To learn more visit Counseling for Juniors and Seniors.

Contact Doing College for more information. We offer educational consulting services to students and their parents in Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda California as well as nationally and internationally.


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"With four loving parents, my daughter had all the advice she could ever wish for when it came to college. But what she really needed was an objective and sage advisor to guide her through the process. That’s where Elizabeth came into the picture, navigating the diverse needs and expectations amongst the five of us. Ultimately, Elizabeth directed the focus to our daughter. It sounds rational, but getting there required commitment, passion and expertise on the part of Elizabeth.

"No words can express the deep sense of gratitude I have for her.  She became the "rock" that our daughter needed through many challenging, life altering decisions, not to mention the never ending tasks of forming the list of safety, target and reach schools, writing essays, completing applications, etc., all in a timely manner.

"In the fall our daughter will attend American University under a Dean’s Scholarship. With Elizabeth’s guidance, she found a school that perfectly aligns with her needs and desires.

"I highly recommend Elizabeth’s services!"

Sam Lucente
Daughter, Emily Lucente
American University
Class of 2017