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Our Approach


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Our Approach



The Sugar Maple Philosophy

Penny helps students develop their strengths as they (and their parents) navigate high school and prepare for their future. She utilizes a comprehensive approach that guides students through their academic and co-curricular choices and the college search and application process. This is about far more than just college acceptances. She helps students find their “academic footing” and determine what they want from their college experience. Student’s gain a better understanding of how they learn, what academic environment suits them and how to successfully transition to college.

Students in the 9th and 10th grade meet quarterly with Penny to discuss course selection, co-curricular activities, summer opportunities and to plan for initial college visits. Students spend time exploring fields of study and professional possibilities. She meets monthly with Juniors, focusing on continued academic success, standardized test preparation, exploring academic or service opportunities and choosing additional colleges to visit. During the summer before Senior year and into the fall, she works with the student and family to finalize their “target”, “safety” and “reach” schools. Applications and essays are refined so they reflect the best that the student has to offer and mock interviews are conducted. Assistance is also provided for GAP year options, deferral notifications, comparing financial aid offers and, of course, making the final decision.

 

Why Start So Early?

Although it is possible to begin as late as the fall of senior year, Penny has found the process to be most successful when begun as early as freshman year. Here are some reasons why:

  • Beginning early is the best way to prevent this from being stressful. Given how competitive the college application process has become, an early start gives students plenty of time to explore their interests and choose what co-curricular activities to pursue. It allows for leisurely visits to college campuses and time for families to research the financial aspects. This is especially true for students applying to highly selective schools.
  • The longer Penny works with a student, the more she learns about their skills, interests and abilities. This helps her recommend colleges that will be a good fit.
  • Since the fee for the comprehensive plan is the same whether you start as a freshman or in subsequent years, there is no financial incentive to wait.
  • In order to have enough time to devote to each of her students, Penny limits the number of individuals she works with each year. Starting with Penny in the 9th or 10th grade ensures that she will have a spot for your student as a senior when applications are due.

Although Penny believes the comprehensive approach is the best way to support students and families, she occasionally offers consultations on an hourly basis. Please contact Penny to discuss what options may make sense. 

 
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Acceptances


Acceptances


Penny's Students Have Been Accepted To:

Allegheny College | American University | Barnard College | Bentley College | Bishops College | Boston College | Boston University | Castleton University, Honors Program | Champlain College | Chapman College | Clark University, Traina Scholar | Clemson University | Colby College | Colorado State College | Denison University | Drexel University | Elon University, Presidential Scholar | Eckerd College | Emerson College, Honors College | Emmanuel College | Emory University | Fairfield University, Magis Scholar | Florida Southern College | Florida State University/Honors College | Fordham University | Franklin & Marshall College | Franklin Pierce University | George Washington University | Goucher College, Presidential Scholar | Hampshire College | High Point University | Hope College | Ithaca College | Lasell College | LeMoyne College | Lewis & Clark College | Lynn University | Loyola Marymount College | Loyola University Maryland, Presidential Scholar | Marist College, Honors College | Montana State University | Mount Holyoke College | Nazareth College, Honors Program | New York University | Northeastern University, Honors College | Ohio Wesleyan University | Oregon State University | Pace University | Pratt Institute | Plymouth State University | Providence College | Queens University-Ontario, CA | Quinnipiac University | Rhodes College | Roger Williams University, Honors College | Sage Colleges | Salve Regina University | Santa Clara University | Sarah Lawrence University | Siena College | Skidmore College | Southern Maine Community College | St Anselm College | St John's College | St Lawrence University | St. Michael's College | Stonehill College, Honors College | SUNY Cobleskill | SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music | Syracuse University | Tufts University | University of Arizona | University of British Columbia | University of California-San Diego | University of California-Santa Cruz | University of Colorado at Boulder | University of Delaware | University of Madison-Wisconsin | University of Maine | University of Maryland, Honors College | University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Honors College | University of Michigan | University of Redlands | University of Missouri | University of Montana | University of New Hampshire | University of North Carolina-Greensboro |  University of Rochester | University of San Diego | University of San Francisco, Honors College | University of Toronto | University of Tulsa | University of Vermont, Honors College | University of Western Ontario | Wake Forest University | Washington University in St. Louis | Wellesley College | Wesleyan University | Westminster College | Western State Colorado University | Wheaton College, MA | Worcester Polytechnic Institute | Xavier University |