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Why do so many capable high schoolers fail to earn coveted college acceptances and scholarships? Why are a lot of competent teenagers not prepared for the transition to college level work? The answer is simple: most students (and their families!) do not realize that they must carefully plan from the beginning of ninth grade in order to attain an impressive profile for their college applications, and have no idea what colleges are searching for in a candidate until it is too late. This detailed, practical, and uniquely structured book provides an effective & proven roadmap for fostering college readiness with a comprehensive, step-by-step timeline to follow throughout each year of high school.
Geary Woolfolk has navigated his family through the college admissions & scholarship process several times with overwhelming success, and shares the “secrets” to his sons’ academic achievements through knowledgeable insight and with an amiable and collegial style. Based on in-depth research and his own experience with guiding his children and teenagers in his community, Geary reveals his approach to creating a highly competitive college profile from the perspective of a family who has been there before. In these pages, you will discover:
This well organized and thorough guide will provide students and parents with concrete strategies for identifying what colleges are looking for in an applicant, developing a resumé to meet these expectations, and vigilantly planning each year of high school to achieve key acceptances, earn valuable scholarships, and ensure college readiness.
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I have engaged in preparing students for their post-secondary options for over 35 years! The essence of the same has been achieved by empowering and engaging students, parents and the greater school community! Geary and Dedra Woolfolk have placed our mission statement into action items through the guidance, information and applications witnessed in this great book! These authors have provided a thorough approach for students, parents and school officials to support the same! It’s practical, comprehensive and results oriented! Moreover, they have personal exemplars of the outcomes that are testimony to their writing! Every student, parent, educator and school counselor must utilize this book as a part of their post-secondary guidance plan!
~Dr. Horton, High School Principal at Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Clayton County Schools
"Do not read this book, under any circumstances, unless you want to successfully matriculate through high school and then head to the college of your choice with a full scholarship. As an English teacher with over 15 years’ experience and the former coordinator of a 9th Grade Academy, this book would have been required reading for all my parents and students. Within the pages, the Woolfollk’s outline, in detail, every step you must take to achieve college readiness and the ultimate goal of college admission. The tips and strategies discussed aren’t just great ideas in theory. They are great ideas in practice. How do I know? I had the privilege of teaching two of their three sons, so I have seen these strategies in action. If you are serious about making and following a plan of action that will allow you to be the kind of applicant your dream school can’t turn down, then this book is for you!"
~ Chantrise Sims Holliman, EdD., Educator and CEO of Disturb the Universe, LLC
"'Before The Application' provides essential tips to prepare students and parents for the road to college. Mr. Woolfolk's precise steps coupled with the details of his family's successful journey was instrumental in navigating my daughter's journey. Because of his guidance, my daughter was able to secure acceptance into elite schools and generate significant SCHOLARSHIPS!" ~ Christi Seay (parent)
As a mother of three students, I discovered the numerous resource materials for college preparation in each of their journeys. Most of these resources referred to the scholastic exams only. Needless to say I found them lacking the information that I actually needed. I had no idea how to navigate my students through the maze of college prep, applications, exams, essays, etc. Geary Woolfolk (along with his wife Dr. Dedra Woolfolk) have given us bona fide answers to these daunting questions. The road map by grade is genius. It is an easy to follow text and is comforting and doable. This is an excellent resource for students and parents. If a student follows their suggestions they will become an "ideal college candidate." This resource can assist students who do not have an inkling of where to begin. Honestly, Geary's advice and guidance can change the trajectory for families in the future. ~ Verna Woods (parent)