• COVID-19 Update: All coaching sessions are conducted remotely and the crisis has not impacted our operations.

our program

Our program coaches high school students through the process of launching a Spike and everything else necessary to get into a top US university.

Boost Your College Admissions Profile

Build Something Meaningful: a “Spike”

Develop a Sense of Purpose

Master Innovation & Leadership Abilities

The 1st program to combine

Admissions Consulting

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Spike Incubation

6 Stages of Spike Incubation

1. Self-Discovery

  • Identify the deep interests that can lead to a great Spike.
  • Build self-awareness related to your sense of purpose and your innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

2. Identification

  • Brainstorm, strategize and select a Spike idea.
  • Deepen your Spike-related expertise and skills.

3. Validation

  • Define your Spike idea at more depth: go from idea to model and strategy.
  • Network, interview and run tests to validate the key assumptions in the model and reduce the risk associated with the idea.

4. Launch

  • Execute on the go-to-market plan, launching a minimal yet viable version of the Spike into the world.

5. Traction

  • Pivot and/or continuously improve on your Spike idea to reach a critical mass of early adopters.

6. Scale

  • Grow the Spike in terms of impact and users/audience.
  • Amplify the Spike with recognition: prizes, awards and media coverage.

4 Stages of Admissions Consulting

1. Guidance Counseling

  • Define your college candidacy story: Figure out who you want to become in high school.
  • Create a plan to make this story come true and follow through.
  • Receive guidance on course selection, standardized tests, recommendation letters and more.
  • Get thorough support researching and applying to/networking into summer programs and internships.

2. College List

  • Leverage our research, knowledge and networks to learn about colleges.
  • Select a list of reach, match and safety colleges that are the best fit for you.

3. Applications

  • Map your college candidacy story to a wholistic application strategy.
  • Get comprehensive support with all sections of your applications, especially with your personal essay and supplemental essays.

4. Post-Applications

  • Receive guidance with post-application updates, final decision-making and preparing for college.

Program Details

Weekly Coaching:
90 Minutes
Unlimited Concierge:
30 Minute Sessions
Anytime Chat:
24/7 Support
Conducted Remotely
(Zoom & Google Drive)
3 months
Starter Package
Options to continue beyond 3 months

Eligibility

This is a selective program. Our requirements include:

Highly Motivated or High-achieving

English: Fluent or highly proficient

8-11th grade

Planning to apply to US colleges

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FAQ

  • Most of our students start in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, but we accept students as early as 7th grade. The earlier a student identifies and starts developing their Spike, the more likely it will lead to a great outcome. However, developing a Spike is challenging, and many younger students are not yet mature enough to take it on.

    In terms of timing, since our program is a fully personalized 1:1 coaching program, students can start any day they want.

  • Our Six-stage Spike incubation process is never complete after the initial 3-months of coaching but some students are in a position at that time to continue to pursue their Spikes on their own. The majority continue with the coaching on a month by month basis. During this month by month continuation period, each student can choose the coaching plan that’s best for her or his situation. We offer a wide array of options that include:

    • Full Coaching (every week, same as core program)
    • Part-Time Coaching (every other week)
    • Concierge Coaching (open office hours and 24/7 messaging)
    • Flex Coaching (a package of sessions students can use any time)
    • Application Coaching (application coaching during Senior Fall semester)
  • The price is based on the number of weeks that you receive coaching. Our program is fully customizable in terms of curriculum and number of weeks, so overall costs will vary from family to family. After your initial consultation, we will provide a detailed “initial coaching plan” and week by week coaching roadmap that will give you a much better sense for the expected number of weeks. Students start our program with a 3-month (12 week) Starter Package for US$6,000, and continue, if they so choose, on a month by month basis at the same average weekly rate ($500), adjusted according to the respective coaching pace of their choosing. Please set up a consultation session to learn more about our program and to get more detailed pricing information.

  • Most of our students are able to identify and launch their Spike within six (6) months. Getting traction can take another one (1) to three (3) months and scaling again another few months. Like any creative/entrepreneurial process, there is a lot of uncertainty, and it’s impossible to estimate timelines in advance. The speed depends on: (a) the type of Spike, (b) the student’s motivation and maturity level and (c) the student’s pre-existing level of expertise in the Spike’s topic area.

  • Our coaching is 100% remote via video conferencing. Our coaches are trained and experienced at making online video conferencing as effective as in-person meetings and the convenience saves a lot of time. Online coaching also enables students to work with us from all over the world and our operations have not been impacted by COVID-19. For students based in New York City, Hong Kong or Taipei, we also do in-person coaching sessions whenever possible, but it’s not required.

  • Yes, we work with a lot of students who just want us to help them with the typical college applications process. You won’t have enough time to build a Spike, but we will assist you 1:1 in everything else, i.e. “best-fit” college list, crafting your college candidacy story, crafting strong holistic applications, essay support, and more. Students who did not complete the Spike Coaching Program, can start application coaching anytime between January of their junior year and September of senior year.