College Planning Services

Welcome to TLS College Planning Services. This site is for students and parents interested in help getting into the right college. Please use the links provided to the left to learn more.

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“If all you want from me is to help you get into a college, then I’m not the right choice. I’m going to challenge you to be a better person, to encourage you to reach for opportunities you never even knew existed.”


To find out more information about what I can do for your family, call The Lexington School and ask for TLS College Planning Services or email me at Providing an idea of what services you think you might be interested in, i.e. if your student is a freshman and needs goal setting or if he is a senior and needs his college list tomorrow, would be helpful for my return communication.

At the initial meeting we will discuss complete grade reports to date, the client's curriculum, school performance to date, special needs if any, academic goals and interests, extracurricular activities, summer plans, standardized testing. At the end of that meeting, we will discuss an appropriate program of services and fees.

Once we have established the services, we will begin the process. Each student is treated as an individual, thus number of meetings, length of meetings, and process taken will vary with every client. There is not a set schedule that is used. We will create a schedule together that meets the student's and family's needs most effectively.

Subsequent meetings are typically with the client only; however, parents are welcome to request a meeting at any time.

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Congratulations! You have completed what is often called the “difficult” junior year and are now approaching the most sought after senior year. With the senior year comes many exciting things—and at the same time the senior year presents some challenges. Avoiding senioritis is one. Applying to colleges is another. Yes, it is true. You must begin those dreaded, yet very important, applications. Which means—dramatic pause—you must begin the college admissions essays!

Your admissions essay(s) is the perfect place to let the college know who you are. You need to give personality and presence to that application; the essay should accomplish that. And to do that you need to be original, fresh, interesting. You want them to pass your essay around to each other and say, “I want to meet this kid.” That’s what your essay must accomplish.

So how do you do it?

First, don’t write your essay in the same style that you write English papers. A definite no-no. Second, don’t write about trite topics like: “How my Outward Bound experience taught me determination” or “How my trip to the Dominican Republic taught me how to appreciate what I have.” These topics are old and hum-drum. The admissions committees don’t like them.

Start early, draft often. You will be most happy if you begin this summer—and you will be even happier if you finish this summer! But you will survive if you MUST wait until the school year to begin. As part of TLS College Planning Services, I can give you the guidance and support that you might need in creating your essays. Let me know if I can help, and we’ll get started.

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Initial Interview

Define educational priorities and objectives / goal setting

College List

Create focused list of colleges most appropriate for the student's specific interests and skills


Develop a resume / activities table that highlights strengths of student

College Application Assistance (up to 6)

  • Create a timetable in order to meet deadlines
  • Critique completed applications
  • Provide appeals advice, if needed

Essay Consulting

  • Provide advice regarding topic selection
  • Critique drafts (up to 5 essays/short answers)
  • Help formulate personal statement

Interview Preparation

Practice an individual mock interview and review

Academic Profile

Provide guidance regarding which classes to take during junior and senior years

As an Additional Courtesy

We work closely with the counselors at each student's school in order to provide comprehensive support and success for the student.


Initial Interview

Define educational priorities and objectives/goal setting

Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Two-thirds of a student's GPA is determined by his senior year. Begin focusing early.
  • Periodic meetings regarding goal setting, class choices, and paving the road to the junior year.

SAT Test Preparation

SAT Essay Test Preparation

College Admissions Essays

Assistance with college admissions essays/short answers (up to 5)

College Applications

Assistance with advising, organizing, and completing 6 applications. Essays not included.

Resume Building

Assistance with creating a resumé that highlights the student's activities, honors, passions, and successes.

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