The college selection and application process can be a time of discovery, self-affirmation, and growth; or it can be a time of tremendous stress and insecurity, especially in today's competitive college admissions environment. Decisions made and activities pursued during middle and high school can significantly impact the outcome of the application process.

The goal of Designing Steps to Academic Success is to relieve some of the stresses accompanying this process by assisting students in building an individual "portfolio" of student achievements highlight the personal, academic, and extracurricular. The ultimate goal is to give college admissions professionals a true picture of the student, what he or she has to offer and how both the student and college or university will benefit from an invitation to the student to matriculate.


Our Academic Services:  Soup to Nuts!

Study Skills Counseling
We create an action plan to improve your student's academic performance.

College Placement Counseling
We assist you and your student in navigating all aspects (financial aid, athletic recruitment, scholarship search, college essay brainstorming) of the college preparation and admissions process.  This includes a comprehensive survey of your student's potential and long-term goals.

College-Bound Strategy Counseling
We develop a strategic plan for course selection and after school activities (starting as early as seventh grade!) that reflect the academic, athletic, artistic and social focus of your student.

Counseling Program Consulting for School Districts
We help you better serve your students by using the ASCA National Model:  A Framework for School Counseling Programs to build upon your existing departmental practices and develop a more unified and consistent approach within your Guidance Department.

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Designing Steps to Academic Success can explore goals and related strategies to supplement the knowledge provided by your teachers, school counselors and coaches.  Initial consultations are always free and we can determine what steps are necessary to maximize your child's possibilities, and create a road map to success.


Designing Steps to Academic Success
Brenda S. Williams, M.A.

8 Carlton Drive

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043


973-783-8324 office

973-452-8774 cell

973-783-0148 fax

Brenda@steps2academicsuccess.com

Office hours by appointment only.

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