For parents of 9th through 11th grade students

Join  Independent Educational Consultants, Gail Grand and Hilary Lefitz,  as they unravel the mysteries behind the college search and application process. College Unraveled focuses on the ways parents of ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students can best assist their children in making future educational plans.

Presented as a series of four parents-only workshops, each 1 ½ hour-long session concentrates on a vital part of the process. Group size is limited to provide lots of opportunities for questions. The program sessions include:

  1. Options in Post-Secondary Education – College options, the realities of admissions today, selectivity, ways to help your child
  2. The College Search – Finding schools that fit, campus visits, crafting a college list
  3. The Application Process – How and when to apply, the parts of the application, how admissions decisions are made
  4. Paying for College – Scholarships and Financial Aid

You'll learn:

  • What type of college option is best for your child
  • How to find the colleges that provide the best fit
  • How  and when to apply to college
  • How admissions decisions are made
  • How to make college affordable for your family
  • Ways to effectively help your child in his (her) transition to college

This series has been presented six times to 9th-11th grade parents at Chaminade College Preparatory School and to other local residents. 100% of the participants have recommended these workshops to others. A few of their comments follow:

I had no idea how much I wasn’t prepared to help my child in college selection. I feel that I NOW have so much more information/tools to lead my child in college choice….I loved this class!”
I really appreciate your time and expertise on this topic. This has helped launch our whole family into discussions on college that we would not have had. Thank you very much!”
“This is one of the most informative sessions I have ever attended.”
“A very useful course. It’s a MUST for any parent whose child will continue to college or higher education.”
“I wish this was available when our son was a freshman. It answered so many questions! I know now what I need to know.”
“As a parent of a sophomore son, I found the presentation invaluable and would definitely recommend every parent attend a workshop such as this to become better informed.”
L. Magorian, Vice Principal, Chaminade College Prep

Upcoming Workshops

Please register by clicking on the series desired.

The Fall 2015 series will be held on four consecutive Tuesday mornings beginning October 6th and concluding on October  27th, from 10-11:30 am.   The workshops will be held at the North Ranch Center in Westlake Village.  The Center is located at 1400 N Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village 91362.   The fee for the 4-part series is $295 per family, payable in advance. Please register using the form below. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. Payments may be made by credit card on this website or by check payable to The College Advisor, Inc and mailed to 3123 West Sierra Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362. For more information, please contact us via email ( ) or phone 818-263-7536.

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