Recorded and Upcoming Webinars (and In-Person Events)

Applying to College in 2023: What You Need to Know (Now)!

We are excited to announce two in-person events with wine, cheese, and free advice!

Topics include:

The Ever-Evolving College Landscape

  • What are colleges looking for (GPA, ECs, testing, etc)?

  • What is it like to apply to college in 2023?/What’s changed since you applied?

  • Tips for Visiting College Campuses – from someone who has seen 200!

  • Timeline for the Process – when to begin and how

Standardized Testing: ACT, SAT or Test Optional

  • Should my student test at all?

  • Testing timeline

  • ACT or SAT (And info on the Digital SAT)

Presentation will be from 4:30-5:00 followed by (optional) Q&A.

What do colleges value in applicants? What’s changed since you applied? What is the timeline for the college application process? What colleges should I visit? How do I maximize my college campus visits? Should my student take the SAT, ACT, or go test-optional? What is the ideal SAT & ACT preparation and testing timeline? How can my child best prepare for these critical exams?
Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow, an independent college counselor with more than 25 years of experience guiding families through the college application process, and Alex Chip, a nationally recognized expert in the SAT & ACT, will answer these questions and more. Kathleen and Alex will share concrete steps that all families should take to support their child’s post-secondary planning process. In addition to reviewing important milestones in the college application process, Alex and Kathleen will discuss narrative building, the college list-making and visit process, and the SAT vs. ACT. 
This presentation is ideal for families with high school students in any grade (as well as forward-looking middle school parents). Additionally, there will be an open forum section of the presentation where you can ask Alex and Kathleen all your college application and test prep questions. 

Alex Chip founded Top Score Education, a boutique tutoring, test prep, and academic counseling company headquartered in Washington DC, in 2004. Over the past 18 years, Alex has tutored several thousand students in high school and college admissions testing, developed innovative project-based learning programs for students of all ages and launched new branches servicing students in Miami, FL, and Durham, NC. A graduate of Duke University (BA, English) and Johns Hopkins (MA, Nonfiction Writing), Alex lives in Washington DC with his wife and two children.

Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow is the Founder and Head Coach for The College Coaches. Previously, she was the Director of College Counseling at the McLean School in Potomac, MD.  Kathleen also worked at Stone Ridge in Bethesda, MD, in college counseling and as the head of the English Department. She also served as Director of College Counseling at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD.  She taught at The Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, GA, where she counseled students challenged with learning style differences, substance abuse recovery, and motivational issues. Kathleen earned her B.A. from Duke University and her M.Ed. from Emory University.

Selected Webinar Recordings from our YouTube Channel:

Detailed Information Below Gallery.
“Money Matters and Stress Stinks: Tame the Tension when Applying to and Paying for College”

The College Funding Coach joins The College Coaches to share their expertise on the following:

  • How can you create a game plan to manage the anxiety of the college application process at home?
  • When and how to talk as a family about planning financially for college (it’s earlier than you think!)
  • What is an EFC (Expected Family Contribution), and why does it matter?
  • What changes are coming to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
  • How can you manage differing expectations between parent and child throughout the college process without ruining the relationship?
Link to our YouTube Channel to view, and subscribe for more!
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“A Good College Should Fit Like a Pair of Mom Jeans – So Should Your College Coaching Team!”

The College Coaches and Compass Education Group  will help you “get comfortable” with the college process and standardized testing.

  • Why is a Good College “Fit” Critical?
  • Test Prep Timing? Tutor or Class? SAT or ACT?
  • Sanity Saving Advice Worth $1,000,000 (for free!)

Link to our YouTube Channel to view, and subscribe for more!