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College Counseling

Private Tutoring

Standardized Test Preparation

College Counseling - Private In-Home TutoringOnly The College Trail provides all three components for helping students realize their high school and college admissions dreams:

  • College Counseling
  • Private Tutoring
  • Standardized Test Preparation

Once you ask us to join your team, you will forever appreciate the value and convenience of having all three of these services provided by a single provider.  You will also benefit from our collaboration with your school’s counselors and teachers.

Whether you come to us in seventh grade or during the fall semester of your senior year in high school, you will immediately feel the relief of having our professionals at your side.

Remember, you can select our services in package form or one service at a time.

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College Counseling

We adopt a tailor made, holistic approach to college counseling.  Your counselor is dedicated and assigned to you – we do not believe in a committee system.  We select our counselors because of their breadth of knowledge in both high school counseling and college admissions.  We use a well-known national recruiting firm and screen our counselors intensely.  All counselors are accredited members of local and national associations, such as the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

While we recommend that you start with us as early as possible, we are able to assist you at any time, even if you are a high school senior with looming application deadlines.  Please keep in mind, however, that we are not an essay writing service.  While helping to create compelling essays is a component of our services, it is only one facet of our comprehensive programs:


7th and 8th Grades

  • Course Planning
  • High School Selection and Admissions Counseling
  • Summer College Programs

9th Grade

  • Preliminary Goal Setting
  • High School Course Planning
  • Introduction to PSAT/SAT Testing
  • Extracurricular Activity Recommendations
  • Summer Activity Planning

10th Grade

  • Passion ProfileTM
  • Intermediate PSAT/SAT Testing
  • School Leadership Opportunities
  • Community Leadership Plan
  • Summer Activity Planning

11th Grade

  • Assessment of Criteria and Qualifications for College Selection
  • Initial College Screening
  • Résumé Preparation
  • Scholarship Plan
  • Advanced PSAT/SAT Testing
  • Summer Activity Planning

12th Grade

  • Final College Screening
  • Planning and Organization of Applications
  • Essay Brainstorming and Proofing
  • Letters of Reference
  • Interview Practice

College Undergraduate

  • Selection of Major/Minor
  • Transfer Applications to Four-Year Colleges


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Private Tutoring

The College Trail prides itself on the quality of our exceptional Academic Coaches.  We carefully recruit, interview, screen, and train only the most professional and experienced tutors from leading universities.  All have engaging personalities and exhibit a passion and natural talent for teaching.  Most importantly, our tutors serve as effective role models for their students.  Your student will:

  • Learn strategies necessary for academic success
  • Improve study skills and learn test taking strategies
  • Enhance active listening and reading skills
  • Build positive homework habits
  • Overcome procrastination

During our one-on-one sessions we focus on concepts and skills.  We do our utmost to prepare students for upcoming tests, so if a student is suffering from test anxiety, we are there to help.  While sometimes homework does get completed during sessions, we are not homework helpers, and our overall objective is to help the student understand the material.

You can choose to pay by the session or by purchasing discounted bundles of sessions.  We tutor all levels and grades from seventh grade onward:

Mathematics: Pre-algebra through AP Calculus BC and Statistics
Science: General through AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics
History: General through AP United States, AP European, and AP World
English: General writing, general reading, through AP Language and AP Literature
Foreign Languages: All levels AP Spanish, AP French, AP German, AP Italian, AP Latin

* Currently serving Orange and San Diego counties (CA).  Coming to your area soon.

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Standardized Test Preparation

Our standardized test preparation services have earned a reputation among college counselors, parents and students as top in the field due to the personalized nature of our instruction.  We offer one-on-one or small group sessions.  Our instructors prepare students for college admissions and/or high school entrance exams with our proven curriculum using actual College Board tests.  Our programs are designed to fit your budget, time frame, and student’s learning style:

  • SAT I
  • SAT II Subject Tests
  • ACT
  • ISEE
  • GRE
  • GMAT
  • LSAT
  • MCAT


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