HOW SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT THRIVE COLLEGE COUNSELING
Initially, Dr. Schwartz meets with all new families and develops a plan with the student and parent through discussions around college readiness skills and the skills needed to navigate the transition to college, as well as reviewing with students and parents how accommodations and services are provided in college. Discussions around the various levels of support available for students based on their college readiness skills all contribute to setting a student on a path towards successful next steps after high school.
Through discussions with Dr. Schwartz, families can then select the plan of services that are a fit for their situation. Some families find that the one meeting with Dr. Schwartz is all that is needed to guide them in their next steps. Other families will want to receive additional guidance and support around college readiness and the college application process. At Thrive College Counseling, families can create a plan of services including:
- Comprehensive College Counseling with an Independent Educational Consultant (see details below)
- Executive Functioning tutoring with an EF Coach (see details below)
- Periodic meetings with Dr. Schwartz to review the college list and college readiness (see details below)
When meeting with Dr. Schwartz you can develop a plan that offers services that will fit the unique profile of each student.
It is important to be aware that the disability offices at many colleges will want a recent psychological evaluation in order to provide services to a student. This type of evaluation will also be important in guiding our path to identifying appropriate colleges. Feel free to contact Dr. Schwartz for a list of individuals providing evaluations as well as community-based resources that might be appropriate for your family. It is up to the family to ensure that appropriate documentation is available for college disability offices to determine accommodations for the student as they transition to college.
Some colleges offer comprehensive support programs that require an additional application and fee. It is important that families are aware of these additional applications and work with your support system to ensure those are sent out within the recommended deadlines. It is up to the family to make the decision to apply to a program and be responsible for meeting the time frames for these applications.
COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE COUNSELING SERVICES WITH AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
The following is a description of the work that students can expect with their educational consultant. As part of the holistic focus at Thrive College Counseling, the consultants will be meeting monthly with Dr. Schwartz to review progress towards agreed upon goals.
(1) Assisting student with exploring appropriate high school course selections;
(2) Providing advice regarding standardized testing and options for test prep;
(3) Creating a list of colleges which appear to fit the student’s academic profile and interests;
(4) Assisting student with considering activities (extra-curricular or summer) that are related to the student’s area of interests (but does not include the editing of essays related to summer programs, scholarships, awards or similar activities);
(5) Helping student strategize timing of application submissions (ie. Early Decision, Early Action, Priority, etc.);
(6) Assisting student with application essay topic choice(s);
(7) Offering advice regarding editing of application essay(s) when the student submits essays for review in a timeframe agreed upon with the consultant
(8) Providing advice and preparation for college admission interviews
(9) Reviewing the college application
(10) Providing basic information regarding financial aid and/or scholarships and referrals to other consultants for more information
(11) Providing referrals for additional consultation for students who are athletes or students wanting to submit portfolios
Understanding what the consultant will not be providing.
(1) Consultant does not write student essays, nor does consultant complete any part of the application for the student;
(2) it is expressly agreed and understood by parent and/or student that consultant cannot guarantee any particular college placements for student;
(3) Consultant is not responsible for the admissions decision made by any college or university to which student applies.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING TUTORING WITH AN EF COACH
The following is a description of the work that students can expect with their EF Coach. As part of the holistic focus at Thrive College Counseling, the coaches will be meeting monthly with Dr. Schwartz to review progress towards agreed upon goals
● In conjunction with Dr. Marci Schwartz, a parent/caregiver and the student, develop goals to support the student in completing the tasks necessary for their college applications such as college research, college essays and other aspects of the college application process where students need additional organizational support to ensure they understand the tasks to complete and are working towards a timeline to complete the tasks. As students work with their coach they can together modify and add to the goals as they progress in their work.
● In addition to the college applications, some students will benefit from building their overall college readiness skills and independence, coaches work to support students by coaching them to develop and maintain systems for time management, planning, prioritization, and organization
PERIODIC MEETINGS WITH DR. SCHWARTZ TO REVIEW THE COLLEGE LIST AND COLLEGE READINESS
COLLEGE READINESS AND COLLEGE LIST DEVELOPMENT
When working with Dr. Schwartz, discussions around the skills needed to successfully transition from a high school environment to a college setting will be incorporated into our meetings. We will review the differences between high school and college to inform students and parents of what will be expected of students in a college setting in order to receive the support services that will allow the student to find success in college. We will also review the different levels of support available in colleges and discuss the type of learning environment that is a fit for the student. Independent living skills, academic skills, and self-advocacy skills are all areas that Dr. Schwartz will incorporate into the meetings with the student and parent. This information, along with various other factors including academic interests, finances, etc. will serve as a guide as we work to develop a college list that will offer the student a range of options.
Thrive College Counseling works to support families in providing the unique resources they need for their particular journey from high school to post-secondary experiences. With an initial and, as needed, periodic meetings with Dr. Schwartz, families can take advantage of the college counseling resources and/or EF coaching to create a plan that is a fit for your particular situation. At Thrive College Counseling, we work as a team, with the student and parents as key members of the team, and additional Thrive team members added based on the needs of each unique student.
All services are billed on an hourly basis and families will receive an invoice at the end of each month that encompass all services provided by Thrive College Counseling. Feel free to reach out to learn more and understand rates for each service provided: