High School Juniors

The high school junior year is pivotal—life beyond childhood is imminent, yet many Juniors aren’t quite yet certain about their educational options beyond high school. Parents, needing credible and timely information, often transitioning their roles to parent soon-to-be adult children, seek objective, experienced advisors to moderate conversations as well as provide strategic counsel regarding educational options.  

Given our two decades of experience collaborating with hundreds of families in navigating the increasingly complicated educational and college admissions processes, only more labyrinthine with the near holistic COVID-related disruption of school systems, we’ve devised unique retainer offerings for the diverse needs of junior families.





During three strategically timed meetings throughout the school year, CMC’s experts help families craft a unique college admissions and educational strategy tailored for each Junior in preparation for the complex college application and college essay writing processes.

In the fall meeting, typically between August and October, CMC’s advisors offer guidance to manage the rigors of AP and Honors coursework alongside extracurricular commitments, pre-plan for summer opportunities (as some applications are due in December and January), as well as determine an SAT or ACT testing strategy especially in the time of test optional policies being increasingly implemented by colleges nationwide. 

In the winter meeting, typically between January and March, CMC’s experts help families devise a process for navigating the complexities of selecting colleges, offer advice about senior year class schedules, as well as advise about summer activities.

In the spring meeting, typically between April and June, CMC’s advisors will help families prepare for the college application process in the fall of senior year, which includes how to begin drafting the complex college essays.

As a bonus, CMC’s advisors will be available by phone, text, email and video conference throughout the school year to answer questions about high school and college admissions.  Plus, families will receive FYI, CMC’s proprietary, quarterly newsletter with tips and news about educational trends and the college admissions process.



During two meetings, CMC’s consultants strategically advise families regarding critical college admissions issues. Additionally, CMC's advisors will assist clients in devising a plan for the college essay writing and application processes

In the first meeting between late January and March, CMC’s consultants advise about summer activities, senior year course scheduling, as well as how to prepare for the SAT’s and ACT’s (if needed), or augment extracurricular activities if a student opts out of testing. Additionally, CMC’s advisors outline a strategy for navigating the complexities of selecting colleges.

In a second meeting between April and June, CMC advisors can help families begin preparing for college applications, as well as outlining a process for drafting insightful college essays, in addition to continuing the complex investigation into college selections.



A 90 minute strategic planning session, where CMC’s advisors counsel families about the college admissions process, which can include tips to prepare for the SAT and ACT if the student opts to add test scores to their application, advising about senior year classes, as well as outlining a process to navigate the complex college selection process.



CMC’s advisors will be available by phone, text, and/or email throughout the school year to answer questions about high school and college admissions. Plus, families will receive FYI, CMC’s proprietary, quarterly newsletter with tips and news about educational trends and the college admissions process.

*The FYI Educational News + Client Counsel can be purchased in conjunction with the Strategic College Admissions & Educational Advising or as a stand-alone retainer.





We offer an advising support retainer for students to learn how to manage the work of school.

To achieve in school, students need to complete numerous, and sometimes extensive assignments, often simultaneously as well as comprehend complex subject matter, all while maintaining extracurricular commitments. Yet, parents and students often misinterpret lower-than-expected grades as only a lack of comprehension, often hiring tutors for remediation, yet may not address any lack of management skill

To compound any difficulties, high school teachers rarely explicitly teach students how to learn, instead expect that teens will learn to or already know how to manage their workload. 

Additionally, teens, typically asserting their own agency, may not readily seek or implement their parents’ advice, and conversely, parents want their teens to be self-sufficient so may be reluctant to intervene. 

When families retain Creative Marbles’ objective, expert guides: 

√ Parents and students gain on-demand access to advisors, as well as timely, forward-looking guidance, tailored to each family’s specific educational needs.

√ Parents and students learn how to transform partnerships with teacher(s) to best support their students’ academic efforts. 

√ Students learn how to manage an increasingly digitalized educational process, as well as on-going homework assignments to improve their management skills.

√ Students gain a sounding board to better direct their learning process to gain greater confidence in one’s inherent ability.

A diverse advisory team, including Harvard trained experts with a decade of high school teaching experience, now directly counseling families regarding a variety of educationally related topics. 

If you’d like more details about how we can help students manage the work of managing school and their own learning process, contact Jill at Creative Marbles Consultancy, jill@creativemarbles.com or (916) 769-6092.




To write, to express, is essential for beings to thrive, not just survive. Although in school they teach many ideas and skills, writing is seldom one of them. Many students write to survive academically, seeking to emulate the teacher's voice in order to meet the standards necessary to achieve the desperately sought after grade

Many students, although they learn to play the academic grade game, often lose their unique writing voice in the process and by default, the ability to seek truth and understanding. Some students unable to write in their authentic voice begin to suffer academically, becoming even more misunderstood as a result. 

We have been teaching writing and playing the role of editors for over twenty years and can help any aged student improve their written communication not only for academic assignments, creative writing, college or graduate school applications, but also so they can (re)discover their genuine sense of self, the internal compass that guides us all.    

We teach students the magic of the writing process which they can adapt to any type of writing they choose or are assigned, and through guided practice, learn how to format their writing in order to effectively convey their ideas. 

Additionally, parents gain detailed and expert educational insight about their student’s written communication, as well as recommendations to support their student in regaining confidence in their writing ability. 

To write is a gift that should not be wasted, set aside because tedium inherent in academia has consumed the student’s willingness to express their most intimate thoughts, feelings and desires, secrets of the soul essential to be exposed so as to guide their choices, enrich their understanding of the world, in the quest for peace of mind they were born to find.




We teach students to practice effectively so they can gain confidence in their test-taking abilities, thus improve their accuracy and overall scores.

As tutors, we’ll assess a student’s performance, then design a unique test practice plan, as well as devise a testing-day strategy to maximize their efforts during the multi-hour long test experience. Typically, we begin the preparation process 6-8 weeks before a scheduled SAT or ACT. 

Additionally, as college admissions consultants and educators, we’ll advise both students and their parents about the value of an SAT or ACT score as part of the student’s overall college admissions strategy, especially given the current widespread test-optional admissions process.

A diverse advisory team, including a Harvard trained expert with a decade of high school teaching experience, now directly counseling families regarding a variety of educationally related topics. 

Request a Virtual Appointment with CMC’s experts and gain immediate answers for your pressing educational questions.

For more information or to purchase one of these options for your family, please contact us at info@creativemarbles.com or call (916) 769-6092.

CMC’s advisors are also available to speak about trends in college admissions with parent and community organizations, companies or a private gathering.