High School Sophomores

Sophomores, not the naive freshman excited about simply being in high school, but not yet the mature juniors in the latter half of high school more concerned about impending adulthood, may struggle to define their sense of self, yet are also managing multiple rigorous academic courses, while refining their extracurricular commitments to reflect burgeoning self-awareness of their aptitude.  

We’ve devised a diverse array of advising retainers to assist sophomore families during such a distinctive moment in teenagehood to achieve continuity in their educational and college admissions planning.





Two strategically timed meetings, one in the fall semester and one in spring semester, for families to navigate the changing college admissions process, while continuing to seek the greatest educational value for their children’s prosperity. 

In the fall meeting, CMC advisors will counsel families about choosing extracurricular activities, potentially taking the October PSAT, given the widespread test-optional/test-blind admissions policies, and how to manage multiple rigorous honors and Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses to maintain academic achievement

In the spring meeting, CMC experts will advise families about junior year course selection, as well as forecasts for senior year courses, preparing for summer activities, and decoding Fall PSAT scores, especially in the context of test-optional/test-blind admissions policies.

As a bonus, CMC’s advisors will be available to both students and parents by phone, text, and email throughout the school year to advise about college admissions. Additionally, families will receive FYI, CMC’s proprietary email alerts with timely tips and news about education and college admissions.



One strategically timed, 90 minute advising meeting, typically in the Spring semester, when CMC advisors will counsel families about junior class schedules, forecasts for senior year courses, summer and other extracurricular activities, as well as answer questions about how test-optional/test-blind admissions policies apply to their specific student’s college plans.



CMC’s advisors will be available to both parents and students by phone, text, and email throughout the school year to answer questions about high school and college admissions.  Plus, families will receive FYI, CMC’s own email alerts 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.