College Advising Grades 6-11

The ConnectPrep Approach

Embark on your journey to your dream college with our advanced College Profile Enhancement Program. This program is meticulously crafted to maximize your potential in the college application process. We focus on key areas that make your application stand out:

Early Academic Planning (Grades 6-8):

We focus on academic guidance tailored to younger students, helping them select courses and engage in learning activities that spark their interests and lay a solid foundation for high school. This includes exploring advanced or enrichment courses in areas of interest, which can set the stage for future academic achievements.

Introduction to Extracurricular Activities (Grades 6-8):

We encourage students to explore a variety of extracurricular activities to discover their passions. This could include joining clubs, sports teams, arts programs, or community service projects. Early engagement in these activities helps in developing skills and interests that can be further honed in high school.

Strategic High School Course Selection (Grades 9-11):

As students enter high school, we provide guidance on selecting courses that align with their academic strengths and college aspirations. This includes advice on Advanced Placement (AP) courses, honors classes, and electives that enhance their academic profile.

Extracurricular and Leadership Development (Grades 9-11):

We assist students in narrowing down their extracurricular involvement to areas where they can demonstrate commitment and leadership. This might involve taking on leadership roles in clubs, excelling in sports or arts, or deepening community service engagements.

Passion Project Initiation and Development (Grades 9-11):

We guide students in identifying and developing a passion project. This project should reflect a deep interest or a problem they are passionate about solving. It could range from scientific research to a social initiative, an artistic portfolio, or a tech project.

ACT/SAT Preparation Strategy (Grades 10-11):

We provide comprehensive strategies for SAT/ACT preparation, including identifying the right time to take these exams and offering resources for effective study and practice.

Summer Enrichment Programs (Grades 6-11):

We advise on summer programs that align with students’ interests and academic goals. These programs can provide valuable learning experiences and opportunities to explore potential career paths.

Ongoing Mentorship and Skill Development (Grades 6-11):

Throughout the program, students receive continuous mentorship. We focus on developing essential skills such as time management, effective communication, and critical thinking, which are vital for academic and personal growth.

Community Service and Volunteering (Grades 6-11):

We emphasize the importance of community service and volunteering, guiding students to engage in meaningful activities that resonate with their interests and demonstrate their commitment to making a positive impact.

Post-High School Athletic Planning (Grade 11):

For students looking to continue their athletic career post-high school, advising includes exploring options such as college sports, professional training programs, or other avenues depending on the student’s aspirations and potential.

Core Elements of ConnectPrep's Mentorship Programs

Personalized Student Coaching

Our 1:1 personalized coaching is at the heart of ConnectPrep’s approach. Each student is matched with a qualified coach who tailors the mentorship to their unique needs and goals. This individualized support covers academic guidance, extracurricular planning, and personal development. Hear from our students through success stories and testimonials about how personalized coaching has transformed their educational journey.

Student Social Skills Development

We emphasize the importance of developing strong social and academic relationships. Our programs include workshops and activities designed to enhance communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. These skills are crucial for success both in and out of the classroom. Learn more about our social skills development programs and explore case studies demonstrating their impact.

High School Academic Planning

Our Plan of Action (POA) provides a detailed roadmap for each high school year, adapting to students’ evolving academic goals and college aspirations. Whether you are interested in taking AP/IB classes, deciding between science, math, and english classes, other electives, or between the ACT/SAT, we will discuss all scenarios, and make sure you are set up to succeed. Our POA ensures that every student is on track for college readiness and personal growth.

Wellness and Stress Management

Understanding the pressures faced by students today, our program places a strong emphasis on mental and emotional well-being. We provide resources and support for stress management, mindfulness practices, and coping strategies to help students navigate the challenges of their academic and personal lives. Discover our approach to supporting student mental health.

Developing Student Resilience

Resilience is crucial for long-term success and well-being. Our program focuses on building resilience and coping skills to help students face setbacks and challenges positively. This includes workshops on resilience, time management, and balancing academic and personal responsibilities.

Career Exploration Programs

Student Career Exploration

Our program offers comprehensive career exploration and guidance, helping students discover various career paths and understand the education each path requires. Through career interest assessments, interactions with professionals, and insights into emerging fields, we empower students to align their academic and extracurricular choices with their future career aspirations. Learn more about our career exploration initiatives.

Literacy and Technology Skills

In an era where technology is pivotal, we emphasize digital literacy and technology skills. Our curriculum covers essential tech skills, responsible digital tool usage, and digital citizenship principles. From coding workshops to digital content creation, we equip students with the skills needed in a digital world. Explore our digital literacy programs.

Preparing World Citizens

Our program fosters global awareness and cultural competence, preparing students to thrive in an interconnected world. We offer language learning, global affairs education, and cultural exchange programs, enhancing students’ understanding of diverse cultures and global issues. Discover how we cultivate global awareness and cultural competence.

Financial Literacy for Teens

Financial literacy is a vital life skill. Our program introduces students to personal finance management, budgeting, saving, and the basics of investing. These workshops and sessions equip students with the knowledge to make informed financial decisions. Learn about our approach to financial literacy and management.

Environmental Awareness and Sustainability

We are committed to educating students about environmental sustainability and stewardship. Our curriculum includes learning about climate change, sustainability projects, and renewable resources, encouraging eco-friendly practices and awareness. Explore our environmental awareness and sustainability programs.

Creative Arts Programs

Our creative arts programs encourage students to express themselves through various art forms. Whether it’s painting, music, drama, or creative writing, we provide platforms for creativity, enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Dive into our creative arts and expression offerings.

The Foundation Starts Here

If you need a little extra push in the right direction, than you are in the right place. Our students excel and grow by building fundamental skills from the onset. The ConnectPrep Study Skills program assists students toward academic success:

Reduces stress and anxiety

Improves grades and time management

Builds confidence and motivation

Allows kids to have more time to be kids

A Real Game Changer

School is so competitive and I wanted to discover some options that would both strengthen my academic profile and be something I enjoyed. ConnectPrep presented so many options I never thought of before such as forming a non-profit, taking online college courses, and applying to internships that mesh with my interests. They opened up a world that has provided growth and a new perspective. Asahi M.

A True Mentor

We needed help for our son who was overwhelmed with school. Jeremy came to the rescue with study skills program that reduced his anxiety, and built his confidence. Jeremy provided the guidance to succeed in school. He was a wonderful instructor and now our son has taken off, reaching his goals. Thanks you so much Jeremy and ConnectPrep! Rachel W.

Reached My Goals

ConnectPrep has guided me through my Junior year. My school counselor was not very accessible. CP showed me a plan of action to help me confidently navigate all of my academic and test-prep options. I feel so confident now and can't wait to begin applying to colleges! Kendra P.


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Connor Barth

IT Team
Connor is a senior Electrical Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He is currently employed as a IT Consultant at the Simon Business School. His main interests include computer technology and wireless communications. As the son of a college professor Connor not only enjoys the benefits of an engaged educational experience, but also understands the importance of learning and finding the correct educational environment. Connor looks forward to using his skills, passion and experience to help the ConnectPrep team succeed.

Yiyuan Wu

Data Analyst Team
I graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. I have tutored Algebra and Calculus I for undergraduate students throughout my undergraduate years. I am currently studying statistics at Rutgers University. I have a deep passion for education and believe that my mathematical and statistical skills can help improve the quality of education greatly.

Sam Callis

Social Media Team
Sam is a junior at the University of Rochester studying History with a minor in English literature. He has a deep passion for education and hopes to work in the field for the rest of his life.

Borja Rojo

Development Team
Borja Rojo is an Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of Rochester, ’17, and also studies Computer Science and Audio Engineering. He has a passion for starting projects from the ground up and becomes inspired from reverse-engineering many kinds of systems. Now, he is helping design a portable ultrasound system to help with medical imaging on-the-go. Apart from his academics, you might see him designing a video game or recording his latest song. Here at ConnectPrep, he will be working on creating a web-based platform that automatically generates questions for students to study with and practice their skills.

Philip Fenimore

Development Team
Philip is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester studying Computer and Electrical Engineering. He enjoys realizing ideas through coding, like creating a 3d interactive environment with C# and modeling complex mathematical systems with Matlab. Philip is excited to work for ConnectPrep, using his set of skills to maximum effect on the data analytics team.

David Giannella

Development Team
David is attending the University of Rochester, pursuing a BS in Physics and Astronomy as well as a minor in Computer Science. He has gained knowledge of a number of programming topics including application development, data structures, and rendering. David is eager to use his programming skills to help ConnectPrep vault onto the web.

Matt Dombroski

Development Team
Matthew currently attends the University of Rochester studying for a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He loves to design and build anything that catches his interest, from using only digital logic chips to construct a calculator or verilog code to design and test a CPU. He has also lead one week long science camps for the past two years, teaching young kids the basics of chemistry, physics, and electricity. Matthew is excited to put his talents and interests to use in helping implement the data analytics and graphics engines for ConnectPrep.

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Deanna Thompson

Data Analyst Team

Deanna recently graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in chemical engineering and legal studies minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a writing tutor, speaking tutor, trained prospective tutors, and eventually served as the tutoring group’s president. Deanna is excited to work for ConnectPrep, continue to assist the tutoring process, and use her engineering background to help develop ConnectPrep’s analytic programs.

Jason Altabet

Analytics and Social Media Team

Jason has always had a thirst for education, whether it be for himself or for others. He is currently training to be a public speaking tutor for his university colleagues and, in addition, plays a central role on the Committee for Political Engagement, where he works to educate the student body on all matters political. At ConnectPrep he serves as the point man for social media, but when he gets the chance likes to try his hand at everything from analytics programming to web development. In his spare time you can expect to find him practicing fake law as a member of his school’s mock trial team, promoting class council initiatives, or working on his soccer “skills.” Jason currently attends the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Scott Luntz

IT Team
Scott is a senior at Purdue University studying Cybersecurity.He works with the IT team and has a passion for Internet security and threat detection. His goal is to use his knowledge in information technology to improve vulnerability analysis and fix any potential cyber issue before it becomes a problem.

Michelle Fine

Director of Operations
Michelle spent several years of her career in the fashion industry, learning about emerging trends in marketing and various aspects of planning a wholesale business. Michelle has had several opportunities to work directly with students, and her most recent transition into the field of education was inspired by her devotion to investing in the future of our youth and the fulfillment she experiences in this pursuit. She is eager to bring her experience and skill set to ConnectPrep to help all students reach new heights. Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with honors.

Kevin Bretthauer

Kevin is the co-founder of Connect Prep, specializing in technology and online services. Kevin is an Oregon native and Stanford University graduate. He has years of experience working in sales and marketing in the petroleum industry and has managed projects involving the promotion of bio-fuels and emissions reducing products. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys playing golf, traveling, and watching college football. He has a passion for education as well as creating interactive educational software that will be able help more students reach their educational goals.

Jeremy Fine


Jeremy is our education guru. He has years of experience working as an educator with students of all ages, using cutting-edge academic and test-prep curricula to take learning to a new level. He has helped students score in the top percentiles on SAT’s, ACT’s, and receive top marks in many academic subjects. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our company, with a dynamic vision for innovation and market growth. Jeremy earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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