11th and 12th Grade

Holistic college counseling walks your student from the beginning of the application process to the end of the process.

I'll stay with your student until they have chosen a school that is a good fit academically, socially, emotionally, and financially. Even after they graduate high school, your teen can stay connected to mentorship and resources in the Beyond Barriers Student and Alumni platform.

I don’t make promises about schools, I make promises about students.
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Your teen is strong. Your teen is determined.
Your teen will be a wonderful addition to a college campus.

 

Confidence isn’t always easy. Finding your drive doesn’t always come naturally. Staying on top of deadlines can sometimes be challenging.

My goal is to bring peace of mind to your family. I make the process as stress-free as possible, while simultaneously helping your student grow and develop the ability to think introspectively about her academic goals, needs, and desires. I spend time researching and visiting colleges so that I can bring my knowledge of schools to your family and assist your student in his college search process. Moreover, I spend time getting to know and mentor your student and I advocate for her best interest every step of the way.

By working with me your teen will feel:

  • More confident in herself and her abilities.

  • On top of his deadlines and ahead of the process, not behind it.

  • More direction about her goals, majors, and interests.

  • Excited about going to college and ready to thrive.

  • Empowered to make a change and difference in his community.

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11th and 12th Grade College Counseling

All Inclusive Package

Up to 35 Hours

  • Meetings With Sydney
  • Subscription to Custom College Plan
  • Up to 4 Whole Family (Student + Parent) Meetings
  • Career and Major Exploration Tools
  • AchieveWorks Learning, Personality, and Intelligences Assessments
  • High School Study Skills and Time-Management Tools
  • Guidance on Extracurricular Activities
  • Four-Year Academic Course Planning
  • SAT/ACT Diagnostic Exams
  • College List Development
  • Common App / Coalition Essays
  • Supplemental Essays
  • Interview Preparation
  • Private Scholarship Search and Essay Assistance
  • Financial Aid Guidance (for Students and Parents)
  • Waitlist Guidance
  • Summer Program/Internship Research and Application Assistance
  • Athletic Recruitment Guidance
  • Visual/Performing Arts Supplements
  • Gap Year Programs
  • Beyond Barriers Student and Alumni Platform
  • College Affordability Planning with SmartTracks®
  • International Application Assistance
  • Specialized Schools and Conservatories

Traditional Package

Up to 25 Hours

  • Meetings With Sydney
  • Subscription to Custom College Plan
  • Up to 4 Whole Family (Student + Parent) Meetings
  • Career and Major Exploration Tools
  • AchieveWorks Learning, Personality, and Intelligences Assessments
  • High School Study Skills and Time-Management Tools
  • Guidance on Extracurricular Activities
  • Four-Year Academic Course Planning
  • SAT/ACT Diagnostic Exams
  • College List Development
  • Common App / Coalition Essays
  • Supplemental Essays
  • Interview Preparation
  • Private Scholarship Search and Essay Assistance
  • Financial Aid Guidance (for Students and Parents)
  • Waitlist Guidance
  • Summer Program/Internship Research and Application Assistance
  • Athletic Recruitment Guidance
  • Visual/Performing Arts Supplements
  • Gap Year Programs
  • Beyond Barriers Student and Alumni Platform

Hourly Package

Pay as you go

  • Minimum initial purchase - 12 hours 
  • Meetings With Sydney
  • Subscription to Custom College Plan
  • College List Development
  • Common App / Coalition Essays  
  • Supplemental Essays 
  • Interview Preparation 
  • Athletic Recruitment Guidance
  • Visual / Performing Arts Supplements 

How do students typically use their hours? 

Each student is unique in their needs and focus areas for the college application process. Some students are athletes who will need more hours dedicated to networking with coaches, some students are artists who will need help compiling portfolio requirements. Some students will need more help with a specialized list of colleges, while other students may need more hand-holding when it comes to their essays. 

Each package is customizable to fit the unique needs of your teen. That being said, below are some typical time guidelines for each area of the college application process.  

  • On average, it will take ~5 hours of consultant work to create a college list that is a good fit academically, socially, and financially
  • Each Supplemental Essay will take ~1-2 hours of work. Most schools have 1-3 supplemental essays, and most students apply to 10-14 schools. 
  • Over the course of the consulting relationship, I generally spend about 5-7 hours working with students on career and major exploration, interview prep, summer internship search and application assistance, waitlist guidance, financial aid guidance, and navigating decisions at the end of the process.

**Please note: I do not bill for emails/texts between students or parents.

*** Additional hours may be purchased as needed

 I am happy to offer 50% off my services for all students on Free and Reduced Meal Service Programs.
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Looking for some DIY assistance? Download my free Guide to Writing Impactful College Essays. I also suggest checking out my Free YouTube ChannelFacebook Page, and Blogs for more information.

Click here for more information about financial aid timing.

 
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Interested in Working With Me?

The first step is filling out an interest form:

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The key to every successful consulting relationship is fit. I want to make sure that I am the right consultant to help your family with your journey. After filling out the interest form, I will be in touch with you to schedule a family intake interview.

Please note that, unfortunately, I am unable to work with every teen in a one-on-one capacity and I limit the number of teens I work with in any given class year.

Does your teen already have written essay drafts that they just want a second look on?
Ask me about hourly document review

HOURLY DOCUMENT REVIEW

Looking for some DIY assistance? Download my free Guide to Writing Impactful College Essays. I also suggest checking out my Free YouTube Channel, Facebook Page, and Blogs for more information.

Click here for more information about financial aid timing.

I help teenagers embark on the first step toward their exciting higher education careers.
I aid students in receiving the acceptance letter that will allow them to walk into their future.

 

If you’re reading this page, you might be having doubts over whether you’ll be able to manage this application process as a family without feeling overwhelmed or burned out by the end of it.

I know what it is like to be intellectually curious and excited about many possibilities. I never stopped asking questions in high school. As a student, the only limit to my academic achievement was knowledge about the opportunities that could benefit me. As a counselor, I expose my students to opportunities and encourage them in their dreams to help them reach their full potential, uncover their interests, and step into their purpose.

I know what it is like to need a confidence boost. I overcame self-esteem and confidence issues in high school, as well as anxiety and depression, and am able to relate to teens in a way that boosts their self-confidence, empowers them to passionately pursue their goals, and be more honest and introspective with themselves. I care about being a mentor to my students, during high school and beyond.

I know what it is like to crave organization. As someone who was diagnosed with ADHD later in life, I work diligently with my students to organize deadlines in spreadsheets and a dedicated college planning website so all information is in one place.

I know what it is like to embody the American dream. As the daughter of military parents and an immigrant mother, my parents did not go to college in the “traditional” way. Education was very important to my family and I take the privilege and responsibility of working with your teen in this process seriously.

As the first lawyer in my family, and having put myself through law school while juggling 2+ jobs and overcoming health challenges, I’d like to be the first to tell your teen "you can do it."

You can achieve your college dreams.

As a professional college counselor for the past 9+ years, and as a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, I can help you put your teen put their best foot forward in their college applications.

I’d love to share what I’ve learned with your teen and personally coach them as they pursue their college goals.

Let’s make your teen’s dreams a reality today.

Want mentorship and guidance throughout college?

All private consulting and boot camp packages include access to the Beyond Barriers alumni platform where you can connect with current and former clients over the years, monthly speaking series, monthly social events, join study groups, join student groups, receive study tips, career guidance, mentorship, find jobs/ internships and networking from 0L-3L.

CONNECT

Find and connect with other students, expand your educational network and advance together to achieve your goals.

GIVE BACK

Introduce, employ and offer to act as a mentor to other students in high school, college, or graduate school.

EXPAND

Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.

Get Support Throughout College

Beyond Barriers allows you to connect with other students in study groups, virtual events, job and internship postings, and speaker series.

Your Own Community

By fully integrating with social networks, and cultivating a culture of helping and giving back, you will be amazed how vibrant your S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting community is!

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What my families say about working with me . . .

Sydney has worked with two of my children, focusing mostly on essay and interview preparation. She makes the most of every session by providing effective feedback, asking pertinent, focused questions, and providing targeted advice. She has a wealth of knowledge and has been instrumental in helping both me and my children successfully navigate the complexities of the application process. Most importantly, she focuses on the whole child, not just the college application. She has always taken the time to truly get to know my children and has encouraged and counseled them based on their unique and individual needs.

Sydney’s support and kindness goes beyond the application. Her help added the extra push for my overall application package to stand out.

-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 2021

Overall, my daughter and I were satisfied with the program, as we were advised through every step of the program. I greatly appreciated the guidance through the different periods of the application process, from college searching, to selection, to application completion (especially essay writing). Frequently, we were advised when to begin (and complete) a step of the process; this was most helpful. The college app process is overwhelming and having Sydney guide us through each step, helped make the experience less daunting and achievable in finding a school, best suited for our daughter. She and our family are very happy with her college selection. Sydney's great support and guidance has helped us get there.

Parent, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

feel so fortunate to have connected with Sydney as I was starting my journey through high school. I can tell that she takes an interest in my growth not only as a student, but as a person. I look forward to my calls with Sydney where we discuss a wide range of topics, including my four year high school plan, AP classes, possible career paths, summer courses and more. I always leave the calls with an action list and am very grateful to have her in my corner. I feel like nothing will fall through the cracks with Sydney and for that I am so thankful.

-10th Grader, Potomac, Maryland

Sydney was very polite, patient, and really knew what she was doing. Sydney, per her own attendance at two Ivy Leagues (Princeton –undergrad and Harvard, Law School), and also having been accepted to a number of other colleges, universities, public, private, traditional, liberal arts etc., had a great understanding of all types of collegiate settings! This was critical, because I was initially unsure of the type of college that would best cater to my needs. She helped me grasp the different college settings and she helped me understand how it matched with my future goals. You need an educational consultant, like Sydney, so that when you compile the list of schools that best fit you and/or your desired goals, she can help you differentiate the writing of your essays, proper completion of the applications, deadlines and key in on what you bring to make the schools value you as an asset….which is critical! Sydney helped me gain acceptances to George Washington, American, Morehouse, and others……as an African American male, desiring a small setting and Chinese/Econ double major with Spanish as my minor, I decided on Morehouse College. It has been the perfect setting for me! Thanks to Sydney and some hard work from me I received an academic scholarship! I highly recommend Sydney Montgomery, an experienced individual that is very current on the college processes and very focused on you as an individual!! Thank you Sydney!

-Morehouse College, Class of 2020

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