For those students seeking the complete package
Our Platinum Summer College Application Crash Course gives students the chance to complete the bulk of their college applications with expert guidance in a fun, inspiring setting over the course of 5 days during the summer before senior year. With small class sizes, parental communication, and follow-up consultations in the fall, students come away ready to jump into their senior year without the typical stresses that college applications bring. In a comfortable setting with several other like-minded students, the Platinum Crash Course allows us to tailor our approach to meet each individual student’s needs. We will make sure that all of the application bases are covered and July and August students will even be able to click “Submit” by the end of the course.*
Hear from Parents About the Course
How It Works
We will send materials to you three weeks before the start of class, so that your child can start brainstorming topics and jotting down activities to put on the resume, but we will do the bulk of the writing during the class periods.
For the two courses that finish in the month of July, we will have a short day Friday and schedule a Saturday follow-up to complete the applications. Since the Common App is released on August 1st, we will work with students on filling out the applications online and finalizing their apps so they will be ready to click submit. You can select which Saturday is best for your schedule when you register for the course.
At the end of the course, students will have completed all but the supplements for the Common Application. We can’t do those in class because everyone has different supplement topics, and most of them are not released until well after the Common Application and ApplyTexas application are ready for submission. However, since those supplements are extremely important, we can follow up with our Platinum Course participants via private meetings during the fall semester to check on their progress.
What Happens During Class
We will start with small-group discussions, reviewing student experiences and getting to know participants’ strengths and weaknesses. Each day, we will tackle a different part of the application puzzle, beginning with student resumes and ending with the applications themselves. During the course, we will teach students about the different components of the application and coach them on how to go about obtaining the required supporting documents (recommendations, transcripts, scores, etc.), so that they leave prepared to approach their counselors and teachers early.
In the evenings, our instructors will edit student resumes and exchange ideas about student essays. While Platinum Course students may have some assignments to complete on their own, they will be helping to free up countless hours in the fall!
We will begin each day with breakfast and a discussion about the day’s work. Then, we will work until 12:00, brainstorming and formulating outlines, when we will take an hour lunch break and allow their brains to decompress. Then, from 1:00 to 4:00, we will work on drafts, which our instructors will edit in the evenings.
Details and Dates
Number of instructional hours – 30
Student:teacher ratio – 5:2
Components completed –
3 long essays, plus one short
A fully developed and polished resume
Thank you note for a recommender
Completed online application, ready for submission**
Breakfast and Lunch will be included each day.
Dates and Times for Summer 2018
Classes will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm each day.
July 9th – July 13th:
July 16th – July 20th:
July 23rd – July 27th:
July 30th – August 3rd:
August 6th – August 10th:
August 13th – August 17th:
The courses will be held at the All-in-One Academics Offices in River Oaks Shopping Center on West Gray.
*It is required that the student attends every class in its entirety as well as completes those instructed tasks – this is the only way we can guarantee the work will be completed.
**In the past, our Platinum Crash Courses have been run in August, after the next year’s applications have been released. Due to popular demand, especially from the families of athletes, we have added courses to be held in July so as not to interfere with athletic schedules in August. July students will still complete all of the same components as those in August but we will not be able to fill out the actual application online as they will not have been released. We will still follow up in the fall to work through them, though!