Educational Consulting Services for Freshmen and Sophomores

Careful planning during the first years in high school makes a big impact on your chances for admission when you apply to college.

This is true whether the student is considering in- or out-of-state public school systems, private colleges or even international universities. Doing College meets with 9th and 10th graders and their families to provide an overview of the college admissions process, a detailed roadmap for the high school years and recommendations for significant activities for involvement both in and out of school.

The Initial Working Session

Many parents and younger students want to better understand the workings of college admissions and how the decisions parents and students make now can influence outcomes later on. This comprehensive educational session is designed to fully inform families and motivate students to make the most of their high school years in these ways:

  • Provide insights into the 3 major ways colleges evaluate applicants with a focus on your student’s emerging admissions profile
  • Review grades and coursework using school transcripts and course offerings to create a 4-year academic plan that strives to keep open all your college options
  • Advise on standardized testing options and timeline that work best for your student given high school coursework taken and still to come, prior testing and scores, and student’s learning style
  • Provide guidance about different forms of enrichment activities over school breaks
  • Provide up to 8 family selected college profiles to help you understand and interpret college statistics in ways that are most meaningful to you
  • Consider specialized needs such as athletics, learning differences, and the arts

All sessions are available online.

Comprehensive Services

After the initial working session, most families decide to continue with Doing College’s Comprehensive Services, which gives students unlimited access to our expertise and guidance for academics, testing and extracurricular goal setting, assessment of aptitudes and interests, identification of majors of interest, a well-matched college list, and full support with all essays and applications.
To learn more about this premiere level of service, read on here.

“We were so fortunate to begin working with Elizabeth when our oldest daughter was in her sophomore year of high school, and we continued to rely on her vast knowledge and tremendous expertise all the way through the college application process. There’s no doubt in our minds that Elizabeth’s guidance made the college application process far less stressful for our daughter and exceedingly more manageable for our family. Having Elizabeth in our corner made the essential difference in the outcome for our daughter, who is now enjoying her freshman year at the school of her dreams!”

Marci and Patrick Dunne
Daughter, Libby
Emory University

“Even with all the hardships Nathaniel went through this past year, he did extremely well and also matured a lot. He has been admitted to several colleges, one with a very generous award. We will continue to seek your counsel until we make a final decision about where Nathaniel will get the support he needs to thrive in college.”

Nicole Elder
Son, Nathaniel

Specialized Guidance

High School Athletes

Talented college-bound student athletes offer a prized skillset to college campuses with DI, DII and DIII teams. Getting your special skills recognized and rewarded takes early planning and researching opportunities to showcase your talents. Doing College has demonstrated success in finding college matches that value the student’s athletic abilities and, most importantly, are good matches for your student’s academic goals and interests beyond their career in sports. Read more…

Students with Talents in the Visual and Performing Arts

Students gifted in music, drama, dance, design and film benefit greatly from expert guidance to find schools where their talents are appreciated and developed to their full potential. Doing College guides and supports these students through the admissions process, from selecting schools that are a great match through to providing them with support through portfolio development and auditioning processes. Read more…

Students Who Learn Differently

Although all schools offer some resources to support student learning, this support varies greatly. Doing College makes a comprehensive effort to find campuses where your student can thrive each year of study through graduation. Read more…

Students with Unique Circumstances

Students come to Doing College with many special circumstances that go beyond athletics or learning differences, such as lower grades or test scores, mixed transcript records and multiple school transfers. Each student is unique and those that require ‘special handling’ will thrive with our unique approach that offers understanding and guidance to a successful path to college and beyond.

Contact Doing College set up a complimentary 30-minute introductory phone consultation with Elizabeth LaScala to discuss our services, after which we can schedule your initial Working session.

Doing College offers educational consulting services to students and their parents in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and greater California, as well as nationally and internationally.

“Matthew is enjoying his senior year at Acalanes and has several great college choices, thanks to you! He was accepted at Trinity, Puget Sound with very significant scholarships, and his first choice Chapman University, where he is excited to play baseball. Please feel free to connect me with prospective families, and I will be happy to sing your praises!”

Beth and Drew Burns
Son, Matthew
Chapman University

“Although I have many great college opportunities, I have decided to attend SDSU and major in Dance. I couldn’t have done this without your support and guidance.”

Hana Neugebauer
San Diego State University

“Elizabeth, you had a huge role in helping our son accomplish his dream to attend a good university where he can also continue to play football and be supported by the right college atmosphere. In the fall, Caleb will have a position on the varsity team, and a full academic course load. We really appreciate all you have done for Caleb and all you will continue to do for our youngest, Krista!”

Kelley and Chris Casimere
Son, Caleb