Descriptions of Services

Dunbar is flexible in how we work with families, depending on each student's needs. The following services are our most popular.

Comprehensive College Guidance

This program can begin as early as the eighth grade or as late as the eleventh grade year and is  appropriate for families who would benefit from our continuous support throughout the student’s college process, includes the following:

  • A meeting in person or by Skype with student and parents to learn the student’s academic and extracurricular strengths and interests
  • Overview of the admissions process and development of a plan for the student’s college search
  • Review and assessment of the student’s academic record and advice on curriculum
  • Advice on standardized testing and timing (i.e. SAT Subject Tests and SAT and/or ACT)
  • Advice on extracurricular and summer activities
  • Advice on how best to communicate with colleges regarding special talents and unusual circumstances (e.g.. learning issues diagnosis or medical leaves).
  • Assistance in developing and continuously refining the student’s college list
  • Preparation and practice for interviews, including alumni/ae, athletic coaches or special interest professors
  • Guidance and comments on applications and application essays
  • Evaluation of final college list, advice on appropriate strategies regarding early applications, and Dunbar group assessment of admission chances
  • Advice on Wait List situations
  • “Best Fit” advice after acceptance in the spring
  • Guidance on transitioning to and making the most of college
  • Regular communication with our student
  • Continuous availability to address questions and concerns.

Individual Guidance Consultations

Depending on the student’s age, we offer individual college guidance consultations for students starting as early as the 8th grade who need our advice on certain aspects of the college admissions process but do not require our ongoing support.

Topics frequently covered during Consultations include:

  • Overview of the admissions process and the key factors in college admissions
  • Review of the student’s academic record and development of an optimal curriculum, standardized testing and extracurricular activities plan for remaining high school years (particularly helpful for students just starting high school)
  • Development of a plan for the student’s college search and recommendations on an appropriate college list based on the student’s academic profile, interests and preferences (best for rising or current 11th grade students)
  • Preparation and practice for interviews, including alumni/ae, athletic coaches or special interest professors

Application and Essay Guidance for Rising Seniors

 

This service is appropriate for rising or current high school seniors who would benefit from our review and assessment of their academic profile and preliminary college list and from our guidance in developing effective college applications and essays.

  • Initial consultation with the student and parent(s) to assess the student’s academic profile and college list, and to make recommendations on 12th grade courses, standardized testing, and revisions to the college list, as appropriate
  • Guidance in completing the Common Application and supplements (or equivalent for non-Common Application colleges)
  • Guided brainstorming on essay topics for the personal essay on the Common Application and supplementary essays (or equivalent for non-Common Application colleges)
  • Development of timetable for essay work
  • Comments and suggested edits on application essay drafts.