Academic Advising & College Counseling Services         

Do You Have A High School -To – College Game Plan?

Too many students are not reaching their college admissions potential because they do not make the best decisions about courses, extracurricular activities, and/or standardized tests. Our academic advising service will help you make the most appropriate choices for YOUR son or daughter:

  1. Meet privately with Kathy Bressler, our college counselor.
  2. Get a personalized, appropriate academic plan with an emphasis on courses colleges are looking for.
  3. Discuss extra curricular activities and get great ideas on what else your student can do to set him/her apart from other college applicants.
  4. Learn more about the SAT and ACT and create a testing plan that would be best for your student.

Parents and students attend together and leave the session(s) with a wealth of information and a strong plan for the rest of high school.

Meetings and Fees:

Call one of our centers or fill out a request here to meet at our Lafayette or Danville location.

Meetings with freshmen do not involve discussion of the SAT and ACT and take about an hour and a half. One hour follow up sessions as sophomores will include information about standardized tests and updated guidance based on your freshman year results.

First-time meetings with sophomores include discussion of testing options and most often takes two hours.

Fee: $175/hour

To have someone contact you with NO obligation, click the “request services” button here:

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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 UC 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 12 years.  She belongs to two different consortiums of college counselors in the Bay Area that meet monthly and has traveled to approximately 40 states visiting hundreds of colleges.  Kathy attends many 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 managed after-school programs in Boston and NYC, and is now Managing Director at Diatribe. Kathy’s next daughter, Dana, graduated from UC 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 Product Manager at Credit Karma. Her youngest daughters are twins, Hillary and Rebecca. Hillary double majored in Sociology and Political Science at UC Davis and has a dog training business in Lamorinda.  Becca was a Cognitive Science major at U.C. Berkeley, spent a few years at Pixar, and is the Production Manager at Radiolab in NYC.