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Sep 22, 2020

ALERT! FAFSA & CSS Profile Available 10/1

ome colleges require FAFSA and/or CSS Profile completion to get any aid including merit scholarships. Tips for getting the aid you deserve! 

Sep 10, 2020

LEAP Lens Data Drives Results

Watch our brief video for a look through the LEAP Lens. 

Aug 13, 2020

Catholic High School Admission Process

Thank you to our friends in the admissions office of Saint Ursula Academy for this excellent overview! We are very fortunate to live in a region like Cincinnati that offers a myriad of options to consider when it comes to your child’s secondary education! Families have choices between public, private, co-ed, and single gendered schools, just to name a few. With the many options offered, it’s no wonder families can feel overwhelmed and miss important dates and deadlines.

Aug 10, 2020

Should You Apply Early to College?

I typically spend most early summer mornings quietly on my back patio as the sun creeps over the horizon, and I’m always amazed how the birds find the worms, which I would never see, in the dewy morning grass.  It’s made me wonder if the early birds always get the worm.

Aug 3, 2020

Questions to Ask When Choosing Test Prep

Discerning the best-fit test prep program for your child can feel like just another daunting task in the college-bound journey. There is no one size that fits all. To help guide families through making an educated decision, LEAP has formulated crucial questions to ask along with how we answer those questions.

Aug 1, 2020

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish. These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating an optimal essay takes focus and time.

Jun 3, 2020

Is a College Essay Coach a Good Idea?

It depends. Ask yourself these questions to determine if your Personal Statement could use some expert guidance. 1. Can you find your voice, your story, on your own? Short of the few highly selective colleges who will offer an interview, the personal statement is the only opportunity a student has to insert his or her voice into the application.

May 29, 2020

Application Roadmap: How to Beat the Deadlines

Follow LEAP’s step-by-step plan for stress-free, no parent nagging, college application completion. -Get clarity on where to apply when you can’t visit colleges. -How to tackle the hardest part first…the essay. PLUS the *new* essay on COVID impact. -Learn which parts can (and should) be done prior to August 1st. -Determine which schools you can save money on application and ACT/SAT reporting fees.

May 15, 2020

PSAT & National Merit Qualification Basics

Stephanie Meyer Twilight author, M. Night Shyamalan movie director, Jeffrey Bezos CEO of Amazon.com, John Roberts Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Bill Gates former Microsoft Chairman, Ben Bernanke Chairman of the US Federal Reserve have one thing in common.  They were each National Merit Scholarship winners chosen from a pool of 15,000 National Merit Finalists.  How did they get there?

May 14, 2020

Common App Essay Prompts, Class of 2021 + COVID Prompt

With so much disruption in the lives of students, as predicted, The Common App has announced an optional question in the “Additional Information” section for students to share, in 250 words or less (that’s not a lot, by the way), the effects of COVID19 on them. See the full explanation here.

May 12, 2020

Increase Grammar & Writing Skills

One of my favorite birthday cards was from my sister, Lora. A picture of two possible sisters on the front. MY sister asking me, “Where’s your birthday party at?” I reply, “Don’t end a sentence with a preposition.” I won’t spoil the slightly inappropriate inside lines, but it had me laughing.

May 1, 2020

Where LEAP Students are Admitted

A journey with over 4,000 possible destinations deserves a seasoned guide. That’s what we do at LEAP! Here is where our students are admitted. The list is evidence that we work with a wide variety of students. We’re beyond proud of them!
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