Timeline for Successful College Admissions

College counseling will begin when students are in 8th grade with an explanation of how high school transcripts are used by colleges to evaluate applicants. 9th graders will learn how to write a resume that includes leadership, extracurricular activities, awards, and athletics. 10th grade students may choose from at least one college expedition per year until they graduate. 

Discovery Prep will offer college planning nights for parents and College Application Preparation (CAP) camp in the summer to help students with applications and standardized test preparation. We will help students define interests and provide college matching — taking into consideration students’ and families’ wishes in terms of field of study, location, size, activities, clubs and extra-curriculars, and more. We'll guide students through internships and summer opportunities that may enhance their success in gaining acceptance.

Discovery Prep's counseling program is modeled after The Grauer School's renowned college placement achievements, which are the result of a holistic program that unfolds throughout the high school years. Every student receives the support necessary to find the right school, apply, and hopefully gain acceptance. We will work closely with students, parents, teachers and administrators to find the right fit. Discovery Prep's program involves:

  • individual guidance

  • training in communication, interpersonal, and interview skills

  • positive feedback and encouragement

  • problem-solving and goal setting

  • academic guidance and course selection

  • stress and time management

  • assistance with the college planning resources

  • college fairs

  • admission and financial aid workshops

  • standardized test preparation and results interpretation

  • helping students prepare and manage a personal timeline for admissions

  • development of essay writing skills and techniques

  • advocating for the student

Together, over scores of many private and group meetings, counselors and your student will evaluate student’s learning style, the all-important college essay, choice of major, school size, school setting, distance from home, reputation, and other variables in creating a list of colleges of which to apply. We strongly encourage students to visit campuses they are interested in and talk to students who actually attend. Beginning in 10th grade, students may go on at least one college expedition per year. 


The popular CAP (College Application Preparation) is a one-week summer workshop in which a Discovery Pep college counselor and English teachers help students understand how to apply for college, and help with the application. During this session, students will develop an organizational system for keeping track of important dates and deadlines, work on UC and CSU applications, complete the Common Application, have application essays edited and critiqued, and receive direction in resume writing.

Students find this program invaluable as they prepare for their important college admissions obligations combined with their senior year course work. This program helps students along their path to successful college admissions.