College Application & Essay Service program is dedicated to 12th graders who are in search of some guidance for college preparations. We provide services on college choice advising, application completion, admission essays coaching.. and much more!
Free Evaluation for High School Seniors!
Advance Academy now offers free initial evaluations to college bound seniors! Take advantage of this service to meet with our director and counselor. Please call to make an appointment and bring in the following items to the meeting: transcript, resume, brag sheet, list of activities, and SAT/ACT test scores.
- Initial consultation and evaluation with Director
- Collect/Evaluate transcripts and student profile
- Test score evaluation
- college decisions assistance: major and school
- Admission essay assistance and evaluation/revision
- Application review with calendar of deadlines
- Submission of application and decision
- Interview preparations and mock interview
Darrin McGraw - Stanford University, BA in English. UCLA, MA and Ph.D. in English
An avid writer, Darrin has published a book, Animal Future. He was the Associate Director for Writing at Sixth College in UCSD for eight years, before moving on to be the Associate Director at the Center for Humanities in UCSD. He has taught English classes at UCLA, and enjoys writing in his free time. Darrin has helped many students with their journey to college.
Lauren Bermudez - UC Santa Barbara, BA in English, minor in Linguistics
Lauren graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages). As a counselor, she has helped innumerable students with their essays. In her free time, she likes to write poetry and read novels.
Shawn Potter - Brandeis University, BA in Music, Pre-Medical Sciences, East Asian Studies
Originally hailing from Boston, MA, Shawn traveled around the world, teaching and learning. Settling in Japan for 13 years, he taught English at university level and studied traditional Japanese martial arts. A musician by training, he also formed bands and taught dance in Tokyo. Now a resident of Southern California, he is the Manager for Advance Academy and our resident expert in Private Colleges and Universities.
Waheed Gardezi - Harvard University, BA in Middle Eastern Culture
Waheed began his career in the educational services industry in Cupertino, California, where he designed a college admissions planning system for American and Chinese high school students seeking admissions to top US universities. He is a 2009 graduate of Harvard College and a veteran admissions office interviewer for the Harvard College Office of Admissions. At Harvard, Waheed was a Boren Scholar and Campus Liaison for former US Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics. He is fluent in Persian and Spanish and enjoys skiing and practicing yoga on his free time.