How Does It Work?

Step 1: ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN A PLAN

  • Freshman (Class of 2023): Pathway, Ivy, Military, or Athlete Plan
  • Sophomore (Class of 2022): Pathway, Ivy, Military, or Athlete Plan

Step 2: WATCH AND LEARN EVERY WEEK

Inside the online program, I teach students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th & 10th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade].

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Four plan options ($12.95 - $14.95/month):

  1. Pathway – for students who aspire to attend a selective college
  2. Ivy – for students who aspire to attend a highly-selective college (Ivy League and near-Ivy)
  3. Military – for students who aspire to attend a military service academy or earn an ROTC scholarship
  4. Athlete – for students who want to play sports in college or use their skill as leverage to get into college

WHICH PLAN IS BEST FOR MY CHILD?

Four unique plans allow your child to match their specific ambition with a corresponding plan. Pathway is our foundational plan geared for students with average ambition. The three other custom plans deliver advanced content for students with high aspirations. Here’s a look at each of the plans:

Pathway – for high school students who want to attend college, but not necessarily a highly-selective college. They aren’t overly ambitious and don’t necessarily want to compete with their highly-engaged peers. They don’t want to work too hard, but also don’t want to be left behind. They understand that even selective and highly-selective schools expect a lot from applicants these days. Our weekly lessons provide important insights into why this process is important, what steps they should take along the way, and what milestones to put on their calendars. This is our most popular and affordable membership at $12.95/month (cancel at any time).

Ivy – for motivated high school students who aspire to go to Ivy League or equivalent colleges (e.g. MIT, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Tufts, Duke, etc.). These students care deeply about their future and are willing to take action when it matters most (9th and 10th grade). They are self-starters, mature, and conscientious. They will treat PrepWell Academy as if it was another high school class. The lessons include specialized admissions strategies, tactics, and unconventional methods that will differentiate them from the crowd. This highly-customized membership costs $14.95/month (cancel at any time).

Military – specifically for high school students who aspire to attend a military service academy (e.g. Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy, etc.) or to win an ROTC scholarship to a traditional college. For these students to be competitive in this process, starting early is critical. These lessons teach students how to build a compelling profile that will catch the eye of military admissions officers. This highly-specialized program costs $14.95/month (cancel at any time).

Athlete – specifically for high school student-athletes who aspire to play sports in college. These students may dream of a full (or partial) athletic scholarship or they may wish to use their athletic skill as leverage to help them get into a college they otherwise wouldn’t get into. I dive into the details of the recruiting process, how and when to contact coaches, highlight films, campus visits, and much more. This highly-tailored program also costs $14.95/month (cancel at any time).

WHY START IN 9th AND 10th GRADE?

Every high school student who aspires to attend college will benefit from PrepWell Academy. It is a one-of-a-kind program that focuses on early preparation of students. This is an unusual strategy today. Most high school counselors begin discussing college admissions with students in 11th and 12th grade. In my opinion, this is too late. If I am right, why don’t schools start earlier? Unfortunately, most schools don’t have the personnel, money, or resources to address college admissions topics when they matter most (9th and 10th grade).  With these institutional constraints, schools are forced to tell parents and students that it’s okay to wait until 11th or 12th grade. Most private college counselors also begin engaging with students in 11th or 12th grade. This isn’t because it’s the right time to start – it’s because this is when most parents hit the panic button and begin frantically searching for help. I don’t like what this does to the process. There is a better way.

WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T SEEM MOTIVATED?

Join the club. In my experience, average 9th and 10th graders (especially boys) are not thinking about college. It hasn’t become a “thing” yet. It will. In the meantime, I suggest you do your best to educate your child on the advantages of early engagement. Use my videos or social media to help out. Remind them that doing what the average kid does, helps them become an average kid. I can’t promise that my weekly videos will be as compelling as a round of Overwatch with their buddies, but we must try to connect. I have found girls to be more mature, open-minded, and willing to learn during this phase of high school. For this reason, girls have had great success with PrepWell Academy and college admissions. We never know when the proverbial “light bulb” will go off in our child’s head. The Pathway program puts a system in place that will meet your child wherever they are – even if it takes time for them to fully engage. Many parents report that they get tremendous value from the weekly lessons – even if their child doesn’t stay 100% up-to-date. They appreciate knowing what should be happening and when.

WHAT IF I WANT PHIL BLACK AS MY CHILD'S PERSONAL MENTOR?

Please see the PrepWell Mentor program

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