Our College Counseling Program

We match local students with excellent colleges and help them get accepted. Our goal is to help your son or daughter get into the best schools for him or her. In fact, only two of our college counseling students have transferred from their original colleges in our history!

Lafayette Academy’s college counseling program begins when your children are in their freshmen or sophomore years of high school.  And before you jump to conclusions, we want to assure you that we’re not an “over the top” college counseling service that tries to get every student into an Ivy League school. We start early because we know that many people regret the decisions they made for their children when they were freshmen or sophomores in high school.

Unfortunately, we do not have any space left for high school juniors and sophomores.  Many of our families reserved spots in our program when their children were in 8th or 9th grades. This does NOT imply that we have an “over-the-top” approach to college admissions; our slots fill early and people don’t want to be left out.  Plus, our counselor only works with 15 – 20 students per grade.  We do have limited space available for freshmen so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our comprehensive college counseling program begins with a series of private meetings to discuss a college admissions game plan. During the initial meeting, students and parents will get advice related to academic planning, standardized testing, extra curricular activities, and summer activities. You can make an appointment for this initial visit and then decide if you would like to continue with the complete program.

Our Complete College Counseling Package Includes:

  1. A comprehensive battery of assessments to help students identify latent interests and potential college majors.
  2. Game plans for academic subjects and extracurricular activities to ensure that you maximize your high school experience.
  3. An extensive college search that culminates in a list of 20-30 relevant colleges that are great fits for your son or daughter. The list includes “safety”, “target”, and “reach” schools to ensure that your student has the best opportunity to attend a great college.
  4. Exposure to lesser known, highly regarded schools
  5. Brainstorming and editing of all college essays
  6. Help with filling out applications
  7. Creating a high school resume
  8. Guidance on standardized testing
  9. Advice about school visits and mock interview sessions
  10. Online applications tracking, including key deadlines
  11. Financial Aid advice
  12. Help with your final decision
  13. Preferred access to other Lafayette Academy services (e.g. our best SAT Prep tutors, and special SAT Prep workshops just for our college counseling students)

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Professional Background

Kathy Bressler received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.  She also completed U.C. Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.

Kathy is the co-owner of Lafayette Academy and has been a college counselor for 10 years.  She belongs to two different consortiums of college counselors in the Bay Area that meet monthly and visits 30-40 colleges a year.  Kathy attends yearly conferences and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • HECA (Higher Education Consultants Organization)

Personal Information & Experiences

While Kathy raised her four daughters, she was on the Burton Valley PTA Board of Directors,  Las Trampas Swim Team Director, and Chair of the Youth Committee and a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. As parent and later college counselor, Kathy guided her four daughters through significantly different academic experiences.  Her oldest daughter, Mallory, graduated from the University of Michigan as a double major in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in Education. Mallory also received a Masters in Education, managed after-school programs in Boston and NYC, and is now managing director of Global Student Embassy. Kathy’s next daughter, Dana, graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara as a Business Economics major with an emphasis in Accounting.  Dana worked at Google, a small tech start up and is now a Program Manager at Credit Karma. Her youngest daughters are twins, Hillary and Rebecca. Hillary double majored in Sociology and Political Science at UC Davis and is working with middle school students in Oakland through AmeriCorps. Rebecca was a Cognitive Science major at UC Berkeley and now works at Pixar. Kathy considers herself very fortunate that all four of her daughters currently live in the Bay Area.