Summer Class

Registration Now Open for the 12th year of the College Essay and Application Class!  

Imagine having the college essay and Common Application completed even before school starts in the fall!

This class offers a unique opportunity to work in a small group (12 students) to create a compelling essay, complete the Common Application, and learn valuable tips about the college process.

We are excited to announce that classes will be held in person at the Sparrow Home in Bethesda as it has been for 10 years (last year we were on Zoom due to the pandemic.)  Everyone in our household is fully vaccinated. In keeping with the CDC guidelines, students who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask. 

Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow has been counseling high school students about college for over 20 years. She holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and a M.Ed. from Emory University.  She works with the class as well as with students individually to help them identify a captivating topic for their essay and guide them through the writing process.

Kathleen is the Director of College Counseling at The McLean School and  was Associate Director of College Counseling at Stone Ridge, and Director of College Counseling at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She is the co-author of Sex, Drugs and the S.A.T.: Getting out of High School and Getting in to College (available on 

Maddie Sparrow is an English major and Education minor at Duke University where she is the President of an online publication. She will graduate in May 2021, with her teaching license and has taught and tutored high schoolers throughout her years at Duke.  She shares tips from her own college process with the class and uses her expert editing skills to tighten students’ essays and to strategize on phrasing and order of the Common App Activities Section. This is her 5th year co-teaching the class.

When: The two sessions for 2021 will be August 2-5 and August 9-12. 

The class will run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m, Monday-Thursday.

(Note: students only do one session.)

What:   Rising Seniors will:

-Write the personal essay for the Common Application.

-Discuss the timeline for applying to and visiting colleges.

-Complete a draft online of the actual Common Application.

– Learn what colleges are looking for in their specific supplements.

– Practice interview questions and receive feedback.

– Garner tips for visiting college campuses.

Where: Zoom or The Home of Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow (Bethesda, MD) depending on the pandemic.

Cost:  $525 per student.

Note:  Individual sessions are available at $250/hour if these dates do not work for your family.  Essay work typically takes two hours, and guidance for the Common Application is usually one hour.

To reserve a place in the class, please complete the following registration form.  In order to hold onto your slot (only 12 available), payment in full is required.  The registration is fully refundable if requested at least 2 weeks before the class begins.

Please contact Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow at or 301.651.1196 with any questions.

Testimonials from Previous Summer Classes:

“I can’t thank you and Maddie enough for all of your hard work and guidance you gave <my son> (and me).  He came home tonight thanking us for signing him up.  You two made quite an impact on him in just 4 days. He left the week feeling more confident about everything (school, application process, writing, etc) because of you both….you are an impressive duo!! ????  I am beyond happy that we enrolled him in your class – I will be sure to spread the word to all of my friends.” M.D.

“Thank you so much for helping me with my essay and common application. Your workshop helped so much!” S.Q.

“I am so happy I took your class and I feel very prepared now for this process.” E.D.

“I really enjoyed the class last week, and I will be sure to use everything you taught me to my advantage when going through the college application process.” P.D.

“Thank you so much for your help and insightful tips! I think that the class really enhanced my application with depth and deliberate details.” J.C.

“Kathleen – Thank you so much for all you did this week! My daughter started the week overwhelmed and full of anxiety and she is now so excited and focused on the moving forward and applying. Thank you so much! Your class was a life-saver!!” – B.T.

“My daughter found the workshop engaging and productive! In addition, you took a big weight off my mind! I can’t believe accomplished so much in 4 sessions!” – M.S.

“Thank you for another wonderful experience. My daughter was so thrilled with all that she learned in the class.” – J.S.

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