The Early Insights Program

“Before students start considering college options, they need to identify how they think, learn, study, and interact with others. Self-awareness is the backbone of finding the right colleges.”

- Dr. Steven R. Antonoff, PhD


Gain Insights Through:

  • Career and Major Exploration Assessments and Activities
  • Learning, Personality, and Intelligences Assessments offered through AchieveWorks
  • Interactive and Collaborative Activities
  • Time Management Tools
  • Four-Year Course Planning
  • Worksheets

++And so much more.

The Early Insights program provides students and families with peace and a supportive environment for students to discover their interests, skills, and strengths in a way that will better prepare them for their 11-12th grade years while helping them become happier teenagers who can better align their activities and clubs with their interests.

By enrolling in the Early Insights program, your child will gain:

  • Increased learning and study tools for use inside and outside of the classroom
  • Increased ability to create short- and long-term goals
  • Better time-management skills
  • Stronger organizational skills
  • Greater self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Knowledge about his or her own learning styles
  • Greater understanding of AP, PSAT, and SAT Subject Test timelines
  • Guidance researching summer programs and internships as well as application support
Academically, your child will be better prepared to enter the 11th and 12th grade having had more guidance on high school course selection and summer programming that aligns with his or her interests and goals.

How it Works

I offer a 10-hour Early Insights package that students can use over the course of 9th and/or 10th grade. Through a combination of meetings, messages, and feedback, I work with students on creating academic course plans, exploring career options and majors, understanding learning environments and preferences, researching summer programming, building study and time-management skills, and creating a test-preparation plan. The hours can also be used for scholarship and summer program research and essay editing.

If you are interested in working with me the first step is filling out a consulting interest form.

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.


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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.


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


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


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!


Frequently Asked Questions



I 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.

-9th Grader, Potomac, Maryland