Supporting Your Child Through the College Application Process...and Beyond

Seeking expert advice on how to help your child through the coming year?

Join the over 130 Los Gatos High School, Saratoga High School and Pioneer High School parents who have benefited from the wisdom of Amy Gutierrez and Mark Clevenger.   Amy and Mark incorporate their decades of experience, guiding sophomore and junior parents through a interactive workshops, helping all to understand the process, timeline and steps involved in the college application process. In-depth topics include:

* How to communicate with your child about the college process
* Testing (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP)  
* The month-by-month timeline and to-do through graduation
* The nuts and bolts of applying to and being selected by colleges
* How to reduce anxiety during the college process

"This workshop convinced me that getting ready for college could be a positive experience for my child and our family...that it doesn't have to be time filled with stress and anxiety." by Lauri P., Los Gatos High School parent

"As our oldest daughter's  transition to college approaches, it is new territory for my husband and I.  Attending the workshop was tremendously valuable.  The way you organized the course allowed me to understand the stages in the process of helping our daughter identify and be accepted to her ideal college.  It also helped me distinguish what is my role as a parent versus my daughter's  role as the student.  I can breathe a little easier knowing where and when to focus my energy." by Susi S. 

Responses when asked, "What was your favorite aspect of the workshop?"

"I appreciated the knowledge base of both Mark and Amy -- able to answer all questions presented to them with careful consideration and expertise.  Lots of great information.  I feel much more prepared." Los Gatos parent February 2017

"The timeline was helpful, but looking fifteen years forward was like taking a breath of fresh air!  Tips were appreciated -- such as talking to random college students on tour and writing thank you notes." Pioneer parent February 2017

"The way you present information is so clear and organized.  You are very knowledgeable and are able to answer everyone's questions." Saratoga parent February 2017

"Information about early decision and early action.  Thank you...very helpful!  Highly recommend it!" Los Gatos parent February 2017

"Thank you so much for reminding us about taking care of our children's emotions and well being!  It should be obvious but can easily be missed in this extremely busy time." Los Gatos parent February 2017 

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About Amy: Amy served as Guidance Director at Los Gatos High School for a decade, guiding hundreds of students and families through the college application process.  She speaks regularly to parents, Home and School clubs and school boards, calmly and thoughtfully simplifying the process.  In addition, she has trained counselors throughout the Bay Area on how to support families using best practices.  She is the owner of Stonehaven Wellness Adventures and lives in Almaden Valley with her husband and three children.


About Mark: Mark Clevenger owns Clear Path College Counseling, LLC, in Almaden.  He was Director of College Counseling at Menlo School in Atherton for 15 years and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Santa Clara University for 13 years.  He is a graduate of Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and Bennington College.