Pathways To College Achievement offers comprehensive and hourly services to help students prepare for, apply to, and graduate from college. Additional topics could include transferring, graduate school, studying abroad, gap year programs, internships, and employment opportunities.

8th through 12th Grade

  • Academic and social preparation for high school coursework and activities
  • Academic rigor balanced with stress level, activities, and objectives
  • Experiences, interests, priorities, activities, and goals
  • Academic planning and Running Start options
  • Relationships with teachers and high school counselor
  • Summer enrichment activities

11th, 12th, Transfer, and Re-entry

  • Campbell Interest and Skill Inventory
  • Criteria-based college list
  • Campus-visit planning
  • Mock-interview
  • Art portfolio explanation
  • Athletic recruitment process
  • Application timeline and structure
  • Academic resume and cover letter for recommendations
  • Application essays and short answers
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships

College Selection to Graduation

  • College selection
  • Deposit, orientation, registration, welcome week
  • Housing and roommate
  • College Catalog
  • First-year course planning
  • AP/CHS/CC credit allocation
  • College level time management and study skills
  • Four-year plan with coursework, study abroad, research, and internships

Comprehensive Service Package
& Hourly Options

Comprehensive Service Package starts anytime from 8th through 12th grade and includes optional support through college graduation. Hourly meetings are available as space permits. 

  • 8th through 10th Grade
    The benefit of starting early is to help younger students and families understand academic and extracurricular options though high school and college to make informed choices. An intentional process taps into grit and determination to overcome obstacles along with way.
  • Junior Year
    From helping identify possible career paths to developing a criteria for college research, juniors are taught how to explore majors and universities in order to find clarity and prepare for campus visits. Once preferred colleges are identified, students are more motivated to complete resumes and cover letters for teacher recommendations and draft college essays.
  • Senior Year
    Three rounds of editing take place with final revisions during thorough review of the applications. Submissions are typically completed before winter break to leave time to apply for scholarships. Spring is a time to weigh value for dollar and return to a couple of campuses to make a final decision.
  • College
    After a prior career specializing in college freshmen success, my process does not need to end with the college selection. Transition steps promote every opportunity to connect with peers, prepare for advising appointments, and access resources and support services for seamless matriculation. After checking in during the first month or two, subsequent meetings address available opportunities on and off campus to identify the next path after graduation.

    Introductory Conversation

    A complementary 30-60-minute consultation is optional. Topics include:

    • Listen and respond to initial questions
    • Explain admission, financial aid, and scholarship patterns and trends
    • Introduce a typical college preparation and application timeline
    • Explain the application process and criteria including course selection, grades, class rank, test scores, essays, visits, interviews, and special talents and circumstances
    • Explain College Planner Pro software for research, schedule management, and record keeping

    We have worked with Sean over the past six years with both of our children. Our experience has been amazing. His guidance through the application process and even into college on what classes to take, what to have waived, what can be postponed or taken in the summer, and study abroad options have been invaluable. His fees, in our opinion, are not high enough for the level of service that he provides longitudinally. He has been worth every dollar without question in the actual service provided but also the peace of mind that he has brought for our family as we navigate this important step in life. 

    —K.H.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The customized process includes academic success, course selection, extracurricular activities, volunteering, summer enrichment, college research and list development, making the most of campus visits, interview preparation, application and essay completion, scholarship search and prioritization, college and housing selection, college catalog comprehension, first-year course planning, a four-year plan discussion, and freshmen orientation and welcome week preparation.

    Starting early fosters relationship building and trust, academic planning, study skills development, and an opportunity for more intentional decision making.

    Eighth grade students begin academic planning for high school starting in January, with an initial 60-90-minute meeting.

    Freshmen and sophomores have 60-90-minute meetings twice a year: once in the fall, and the second in late winter—before high school class registration.

    Juniors typically meet a couple of times between September and December, then monthly from January through June. Meetings are one to two hours in length.

    Seniors meet monthly from August until applications are submitted, then two to three times through June. Meetings are one to two hours in length.

    College meetings take place twice in the first year and then annually through graduation. Meetings are one to two hours in length.

    Parents/guardians determine their level of involvement in the process in and out of meetings.

    Parents/guardians are invited to email/text questions or schedule additional meetings through college graduation. Please allow for a 24-48 hour response time.

    Through 2021, I have toured 250+ colleges and universities.

    Students have pursued 77 majors thus far. 

    Academic and financial parameters serve as guiding principles to filter physical and cultural college criteria. Five schools are recommended for the first round of student research. Resources are provided for students to develop five pros and cons, write a reflective paragraph, and score each college out of 100, representing their level of interest. With each set of suggested colleges, criteria are clarified and more focused through shared family direction and campus visits.

    The essay conversation starts with a broad overview of the personal narrative intent and focuses on the benefits of reflection and storytelling. Based on both what I know about the student and the essay prompts, an intentional interview helps students identify topics to consider. An instructional handout helps improve self-editing. Three rounds of discussion and revision are usually enough to be ready for submission.

    While there is inherent stress in applying to college, spreading the action items over months helps make the checklist more manageable. Meeting and homework reminders are provided to help students stay on track. Adjustments are made throughout the process to adapt to individual needs.

    To date, students have attended 87 colleges in 24 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. See the list here >

    90% continue meeting through college graduation.

    Along with continued discussions about studying abroad, research, internships, graduate school, and employment prospects, students become part of a village who help current high school students learn more about the college they are attending. From answering questions during a high school meeting to connecting during campus visits, college students enjoy sharing what they have learned and what they appreciate about their university.

    Pathways To College Achievement
    1511 19th Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    360-389-6536
    sean@pathwaysca.com

    As an Independent Educational Consultant, my principal mission is to help students plan their high school curriculum, progress through the college application process, and navigate their college journey through graduation. - Sean P. Hawes