Find your best high school and college fits with ModernBrain. We'll help you discover the best path for your passions.
What's our philosophy?
ModernBrain is committed to bringing out the best in our learners. We've succeeded in helping hundreds of students become award-winning public speakers for years. We're able to do this by embracing our core values (expertise, excellence, empathy, and equity).
However, a lot of students don't know how to take their public speaking successes and apply them to high school or college admissions. That's where we come in. We're your student's one-stop shop for developing the work habits to excel in competitive performance-based extracurriculars, taking home accolades in those activities, and using those victories to get into their right fit schools.
Whether your student is a middle schooler considering a selective high school, a high schooler striving towards the best colleges for them, or a community college student looking to transfer, we'll help them develop their resume and plan out the best path for their passions.
What services do we offer?
First, we offer high school admissions counseling. We know students sometimes struggle to get into selective private high schools. We specialize in helping improve applications by:
- Suggesting and training students in select extracurriculars
- Offering guidance on course selection
- Developing strong interviewing skills
- Preparing audition materials for specific programs (we do not currently offer ISEE or SSAT prep)
Second, we offer college counseling. We help students:
- Understand the basics of applications
- Provide self-assessments to determine the right college fit
- Develop a narrative through extracurricular activities and essays
- Decide on college prep classes and selective summer camps
- Create a college list and create educated opinions on schools
- Make good decisions regarding testing (though we don't currently offer comprehensive test prep, especially in light of the growing test-optional movement)
- Stand out with demonstrated interest
- Succeed in interviews (including the use of accredited third-party services like InitialView and Vericant)
- Assess financial aid options
Many college counseling companies will recommend external companies for extracurricular tutoring. We're confident in our ability to serve as an all-in-one service where we can determine the best activities to bolster your application and provide the top coaches to help you become your best self as an oral and written communicator.
While we're dedicated towards helping our highly ambitious students get admitted into their top-20 schools, we know not every student thrives in those sort of environments. That's why we'll help families develop realistic goals that help meet everyone where they are. We want you to find your right college fit.
Third, we offer transfer counseling. Some students may currently be dissatisfied with their community college or four-year experience and want to find a better match. We'll provide advice on developing transfer college lists, writing compelling personal statements, and doing the requisite activities to make a standout application.
What are our results?
We soft-launched this program in 2021. Within a year, our students were admitted to the Ivy League (Brown), nationally top-ranked universities (Duke, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown, and Tufts), top liberal arts colleges (Wesleyan, Vassar, Grinnell, Washington and Lee, Colby, and Hamilton), and honors programs at public colleges (UNC-Chapel Hill).
Our college counseling director's previous mentees have been consistently admitted to other top universities (including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Rice, the University of Notre Dame, Emory, the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and NYU) and liberal arts colleges (including Reed, Pomona, Bowdoin, Claremont McKenna, Middlebury, Davidson, Colorado College, Bryn Mawr, Pitzer, Skidmore, Whitman, Occidental, Dickinson, Rhodes, and Bard).
Our curriculum is inspired by best principles and practices from three programs: Harvard's Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership, UCLA's College Counseling Certificate, and Vanderbilt's Doctor of Education. All three institutions are ranked in the top five nationally for graduate education, according to US News and World Report (for 2022-2023).
How can I sign up?
First, schedule a free 15-minute consultation with us so we can assess your needs and recommend the right package for you. Click HERE to schedule that Zoom meeting. Please make sure both are the student and the guardian are available at the selected time.
Second, decide on your package. We're transparent about our offers. You can schedule private sessions on an hourly basis, sign up for sessions one year at a time, or buy them in bulk (for the best value). Read about our terms and conditions by clicking HERE.
Third, once you decide on your package, contact us. You'll receive a contract and invoice. As soon as the contract is signed and invoice is paid, we'll start scheduling your sessions.Click here to sign up for your free 15-minute counseling consultation.