Our approach is getting to know students and highlight their 
unique strengths, talents, achievements and needs.






Applying to college is an
exciting time in a student’s life 
for self-discovery.


We work as a team, set goals 
and turn dreams into a reality.

The college counseling process is an exciting time in a student’s life for self-discovery. This is a time for a student to decide what will be of importance for a successful college experience. By focusing on the student’s interests and goals, a customized plan of action is implemented to create a college list, establish life skills, highlight their applications and manage important deadlines.


Students will learn about a variety of options for colleges including research universities, liberal arts schools and schools with specialized programs. The goal is to identify and gain admission to the best fit school where the student will receive  an optimal education and thrive academically, socially and personally.

Our approach is to get to know students an highlight their unique strengths, talents, achievements and needs. We accomplish this by imparting the latest knowledge, tools and insights to help the family make appropriate and well informed decisions, as well as to alleviate some of the stress associated with this process.


We are skilled at working with students to recognize
their strengths and emphasize their positive traits with a focus on helping them identify and apply to the best matched schools.


Freshmen Counseling

• Discuss client and parent expectations including goals, desires,     
   interests and strengths


• Review and evaluate student’s transcript; curriculum planning


• Advise in the selection of high school course work


• Review and assess extracurricular and community service activities


• Discuss recommendations for summer / enrichment activities


• PSAT, Subject Tests, SAT, ACT and AP test planning


• Develop a personalized plan of action

Sophomore Counseling

Inclusive of  Freshmen Counseling Services


• Creation of a Student Resume


• Develop a testing timeline


• Review academic requirements for high school and college


• Standardized test planning


• Discuss a preliminary college list


• Recommend activities for community service, volunteering  
   and summer programs

Junior/Senior Counseling

• Discuss the overview of the college admissions process


• Transcript review and evaluation; curriculum planning


• Discuss student’s needs, goals, desires and interests in identifying   
   best fit schools


• Research and development of initial and final college list which   
   includes reach, target and safety schools


• Create a student resume


• Provide information on test prep resources


• Establish a testing timeline


• Discuss college visits and interview preparation

• Advice on teacher recommendations, ordering transcripts, test
   scores and summer programs


• Guidance in completing applications and essays that best presents  
   the student


• Brainstorm and review essays


• Test Optional Schools


• Discuss strategic guidance in application process (Early Decision,  
   Early Action, SCEA, EDII, RD)


• Advice on scholarships


• Making the college decision and transitioning


Services are offered on a comprehensive package program and also on an hourly basis.

What They’re Saying

Resources to help you out


  • College Board  collegeboard.com


  • Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.org)


  • College Navigator




  • Fiske Guide To Colleges by Edward Fiske


  • Colleges That Change Lives:  40 Schools That Will Change     
     the Way You Think About Colleges, by Lauren Pope


  • The Insider’s Guide to The Colleges by Yale Daily News Staff



  • Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late       
     Blooming and Just Plain Different by Donald Asher


  • College Handbook by College Board




  • YOUniversity TV  (www.youniversitytv.com)


  • eCampusTours


  • Campus Tours


  • SAT (www.collegeboard.com)


  • ACT (www.act.org)


  • FairTest (www.fairtest.org)



  • The Common Application (www.commonapplication.org)


  • Universal College Application  (www.universalcollegeapp.com)




  • Glossary:FinAid




  • CSS Profile


  • College Board, Compare Aid Awards




  • FastWeb


  • Zinch


  • Peterson’s

About Kathy Ratajczak

It is Kathy’s passion for education that has led to her career as a college counselor.  After earning her Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University, Kathy taught for more than ten years in the Las Virgenes School District and privately.  In 2007, Kathy began volunteering in the Calabasas High School Counseling Office and became intrigued with the college admissions process.  It was during this time that Kathy began assisting her son and friends with high school students navigate the college application process.  From 2011 to 2014, Kathy was a partner at Admission Essentials, LLC before launching her own company.  Since 2012, Kathy has worked at a private high school in the San Fernando Valley as an instructor with their Summer Essay Boot Camp.  Kathy’s ability to connect with students coupled with her vast knowledge of college choices and mastering the college admissions process has helped ease anxiety in today’s competitive college admissions environment.


Kathy earned her certification in college counseling through UCLA.  She is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC).


Prior to her professional pursuits in education, Kathy worked for more than a decade in the entertainment industry primarily at Warner Bros.

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