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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth La Porte

Summer Plans for High School Students

1. UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program

(ATDP) offers challenging summer classes for high achieving and motivated young scholars.

Extended deadline: Wed, May 29, 2019

2. The Virtues of a Summer Job NYT, 7/13/18 By Ann Carrns The share of teenagers working summer jobs had dwindled for years, but the numbers have come back a bit in the last couple of years. It’s a change applauded by educators and financial advisers ... Read more.

3. These 33 Jobs Will Help Teens Make Money When School’s Out for Summer The Penny Hoarder, 5/6/19 It’s almost time for summer, which means it’s time to think about summer jobs. If you’re a teen looking for work — or if you’ve got a teen in your house who should be looking for work — here’s a list of 33 summer jobs for teens. . . Read more.

4. 12 Compelling Reasons Your Teen Should Work Bachelor's Degree Online Working teens can be a double-edged sword. Research shows that some teens may get lower grades and even get into trouble with drugs and alcohol as a result of after-school jobs, but for many, the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Read more.


College Admission Boot Camp, Lafayette Library, June 15-20, 2019 The College Admission Boot Camp is our practical and innovative 4-day curricular program offering personalized college application and college essay instruction for students interested in working toward finishing their applications by the fall. Students will brainstorm and draft personal statements and receive individualized feedback, engage in extensive college search strategies, learn test strategy and preparation techniques, and discover scholarship and grant opportunities.

Please call or text us at 650-766-0969 for more information or to make a reservation; or register here. The Camp is conveniently located in the Lafayette Library’s Oak Room. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, June 15, 10am-2pm

The Distinctive College Essay: Review successful college essays and draft highly personalized personal statements. Receive individualized essay feedback.

Monday, June 17, 10am-2pm

Creating an Effective College List: Identify reach, target and safety colleges that match your academic objectives, personal interests and financial budgets.

Wednesday, June 19, 10am-2pm

The Robust College Application: Learn to create a compelling college application profile for your UC and Common Applications. Also includes SAT/ACT test analysis.

Thursday, June 20, 10am-2pm

Affording College: Learn how to apply for free money for college through grants, scholarships; familiarize yourself with the FAFSA.

Juniors – $750, Seniors – $850. Enroll with a friend and you will each receive a 10% discount off tuition. Space is limited so that we can assure each student receives a high level of instruction and individual guidance.  Early registration is encouraged.

Register here to reserve your spot.

____________________________ College Admission in the News: Three Thought Pieces

1. America's Best Value College, 2019 Forbes Magazine, 4/29/19 Suddenly, higher education seems in need of damage control. Along with skyrocketing costs—an approximate 200% increase in one generation—and grim student-debt figures—an average $28,650 per borrower and a cumulative $1.5 trillion—there’s the recent college admissions cheating and bribery scandal. All of which suggest that a big price tag for a college diploma that favors the affluent has a very human cost. The Forbes Best Value Colleges ranking is focused on that human angle. Most students and their families are interested in value over prestige. And with the May 1 College Signing Day, the deadline for most college-bound students to accept an offer, right around the corner, it is the definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on one of the most important investments of their lives. Read more. ____________________________ 2. Students take on success obsession East Bay Times, 5/26/19 By John Woolfolk In the heart of Silicon Valley and shadow of Stanford University, the most coveted edition of Palo Alto High School’s student newspaper has long been the May issue mapping graduating seniors’ college destinations. Harvard. Yale. Georgetown. Dartmouth. And, of course, Stanford.  Not anymore. Read more.

____________________________ 3. Jefferson, Adams, and the SAT’s New Adversity Factor The New Yorker, 5/23/19 By Nicholas LemannMost discussions of admissions to élite colleges are built around the never-quite-directly-expressed idea that, somewhere around the next bend and soon to make itself apparent, is the right way to do it—one that can be straightforwardly applied and that will be universally recognized as fair. Dream on! Read more.

Thanks for reading.  I'd love hear from you.

Best regards,


Raised in Lafayette, Liz is a graduate of Swarthmore College and UC Berkeley. She is an experienced college counselor and credentialed high school English teacher. Her no-obligation consultations are free.

(650) 766-0969 Copyright © 2019 Liz La Porte All Rights Reserved

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