DesignWorlds brings not only an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of the college application process, its employees have a uniquely personal touch that continues to be reassuring throughout the difficult and stressful college application process. It is a comforting fact to know that your application adviser not only knows the admissions officers at your top choice school, but they have helped numerous other students out with their applications. They seem to be there at any time, and got me out of more than one tight spot with an application late into the night. The combination of their personal touch with the wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise makes DesignWorlds a unique and extraordinary company which I would thoroughly recommend.
Design Worlds for College is a results-oriented, multi-level service with the goal of getting your child into their first choice college. The level of knowledge and personal attention was so impressive - Frona made frequent calls to admissions departments, provied thoughtful recommendations and guidance, and when needed, hand-holding! DWC focuses on a complete range of college prep needs with an expert team of professionals - from tutor referrals to help maintain high school GPA, aptitude testing, essay coaching and application deadline tracking. The results speak for themselves - our son received early admission to his first choice college.
Jane Cook, Saratoga , California
Son, Brady Cook, graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory, San Jose, University of Oregon, 2013
...DWC has found internships for students in such industries as politics, fashion, medicine, science and computer science... They have a fabulous record for getting kids into their top choices... This is not a "one size fits all" kind of counseling service... They give the kind of attention that school counselors simply are too strapped to provide these days.
R.B. Palo Alto, California
...Most importantly, I am deeply appreciative of the personal growth he [my son] has made working with the Kahns and their entire team... I never would have anticipated the insight and self-awareness our son has gained, as well as his level of confidence and skill at expressing himself...I really appreciate the way Frona and Ted bring together their background in psychology, business and education...
Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein MD
Director, The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center
DWC inspired me to pay attention to what I was interested in - my passions, goals, and dreams... They encouraged me to look at colleges I had not thought of before, and because of this, today I am at a college that meets my academic ability and encompasses my passions and interests.
Miriam von Guggenberg
Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo Park, CA
Junior, Brandeis University
Frona and her team are a godsend. I would have been completely lost without them. I am a technologist. What do I know about liberal arts colleges?
Philip von Guggenberg, Ph.D., Director of Business Development, SRI International
Parent of a Freshman @ University of California, Berkeley and a Junior @ Brandeis University
DWC changed my outlook... I was not driven in one direction or another, but rather encouraged to take myself places that I wanted to be. I am indebted to DWC for allowing me to discover myself through the process and define it, rather than letting it define me. I am glad that DWC guided me through this path to help me gain the most from the experience.
VM Monte Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
Freshman, University of California, Berkeley
The DWC team managed our son’s college admission process in an extremely professional and strategic way. As full-time working parents, this was a huge relief, and stress-reducer...We also learned a tremendous amount about our son, his interests, strengths and possible career paths.
Partner & COO, New Schools Venture Fund
Parent of a Freshman @ University of California, Berkeley
Without DWC, I don't know if I could have achieved both of my dreams: spending my senior year of high school in Israel and getting into Columbia University (Barnard College). The DWC team provided invaluable coaching, essay help, and emotional support… while I was in Israel.
Kehillah High School, Palo Alto, CA
Freshman, Columbia University - Barnard College
I am convinced that Frona Kahn helped my son learn to believe in himself through her own belief in his potential and talents and abilities.
DWC guided me through the process, but in the end, they always let me and my family decide what to do. DWC to me was a compass, to help me navigate through the confusion and uncertainty that is the college application. Although college counseling may not be for everyone, personally, I am grateful that ?I had DWC to help me through the application process.
Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
Working with Frona and Ted (DWC) put me on the path to finding the college of my dreams. They helped me discover my uniqueness as a college applicant, and decide what I wanted for my college and career experience. My life would not be the same without them.
Rice University, 2012
Violin Performance Shepard School of Music
Only a small percentage of students are admitted to top-ranked colleges, and high school guidance counselors have more students than they can effectively help.
100% of our students have gotten into their top choice colleges and graduate in 4 years or less. Our 21st Century approach to College Admissions Coaching ensures a strategic fit between the student and the school, so he/she can be even more successful in applying higher learning to rewarding future careers.
DesignWorlds for College and Careers gives students a competitive advantage they need. Through assessments, interviews, meetings and workshops, we provide tailored counseling on how to get into college, especially those colleges that will best help students achieve their long-term goals and launch their careers.
Our team of educators and other experts helps students to identify their true interests and strengths so they may make informed decisions on colleges and majors. We offer advice and guidance on high school course selection, preparing for standardized tests, writing essays, finding summer internships, developing community service and leadership skills, and résumé building.
With customized programs beginning as early as eighth grade through the first years of college, DesignWorlds for College and Careers provides comprehensive guidance during these critical years.
Our students have been admitted to many top universities, including: Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell. Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Washington University, Case Western, Rice, and U.C. Berkeley, UCLA and all the other University of California campuses. All participants have been admitted to a school of their choice based on a confident, informed evaluation.
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