We Understand

The road to college is filled with twists and turns.
That’s not all bad. You just need to know how to drive.
At Road to Admission, we are great drivers!

Most students have many questions when it comes to college admissions:

  • How do I know what to consider when researching colleges?
  • Will I have to take out college loans or will I get a scholarship?
  • What is the difference between liberal arts and pre-professional?
  • Once I find a college that I like, how do I know what my chances are of admission?
  • Have I taken the right classes so far? What should I be taking next year?
  • Is it better to get an “A” in a college prep class or a “B” in an AP/IB class?
  • Is it better to do a variety of extracurricular activities or is it okay to do one activity for four years?
  • What standardized tests do I need to take? Which one is right for me? When do I start preparing?
  • When should I start visiting colleges? What should I be doing when I visit?
  • Is it a good idea to interview at colleges? How do I prepare for that?
  • How do I tackle my college essays? What is a good topic to write about?
  • How do I know if I’m filling out my applications correctly?

Unfortunately, most high school guidance counselors see an average of 500 students each. With a statistic like that, it is no wonder that students and parents feel lost in the college admissions process.

At Road to Admission, we take the time to get to know our students. We work hard to gain an understanding of our students’ goals and priorities throughout the college process. With our college knowledge, we can suggest schools that make sense to our students. We find schools that are a best fit for them academically, socially, and financially. Then we guide them down that winding road, hand-in-hand.

Peggy Koch has been involved with both education and entertainment her entire life. She has worked as a producer, production coordinator, and assistant director in film, television, and commercials both in New York and Los Angeles. She has also been a talent agent for theater, TV, and film in New York and LA as well as a literary assistant. After the birth of her two sons, Peggy began teaching and subsequently, became involved with the International Baccalaureate Program at her sons’ school, Agoura High School, by founding a parents association for the fledgling program and helping to raise significant funds over several years during a time of severe state budget cuts. She has also been a booster club board member for Agoura’s award-winning music program and has maintained a blog for Agoura’s College and Career Center.

Peggy holds a BA from University of Vermont and an MA in Education as well as a teaching credential from Pepperdine University. She holds a Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine and is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC), and is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Peggy resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Services We Offer

Road to Admission offers the following services to students and families:

  • Student personality inventories to gain insight into best college fit and possible majors, careers
  • In-depth interview with the student and family to assess needs and determine
  • college preferences for best college fit
  • Assessment of student transcript, course selection, test scores, extracurricular activities
  • Advice for high school course selection
  • Prepare comprehensive timeline for Junior and Senior year including college entrance testing and prep, college visits, acquiring letters of recommendation, essays, applications, and financial aid
  • Guidance with college research
  • Compilation of initial list of “best fit” colleges
  • Assist parents in developing their role in supporting the college planning process
  • Standardized test planning and referrals for preparation
  • Help with organizing college visits
  • Finalization of college list and discussion of early admission strategies
  • Preparation for college interviews
  • Guidance and editing of Common App essays, UC essays, and supplemental essays
  • Review and proofreading of final applications
  • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • Assistance with final decision-making after letters of acceptance have been received

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

― W.B. Yeats ―

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Music

Theater

Music


Road to Admission provides specialty services to music students to help them decipher the many programs and degrees offered at conservatories, public universities, private universities and colleges in order to create a concise list to meet each student’s needs. We organize students in terms of timelines, college entrance testing, college visits, essay preparation, audition repertoire, audition prescreens and tapings, and supplemental applications. We keep the students on task with deadlines and help to organize auditions and travel.

 

Services may include:

  • In-depth interview with the student and family to assess needs and determine college preferences for best fit
  • Assessment of student transcript, course selection, test scores, extracurricular activities
  • Prepare timeline including college entrance testing and prep, college visits, acquiring letters of recommendation, essays, applications, audition prescreens, final auditions, and financial aid
  • Guidance assessing college music programs according to faculty, degrees, and major concentrations
  • Compilation of initial list with a look at possible double major/double degree programs
  • Assisting parents in developing their role in supporting the college planning process
  • Standardized test planning and referrals for preparation
  • Help with organizing college visits and guidance with contacting appropriate music faculty to set up lessons to gauge student-teacher “fit”
  • Finalization of college/conservatory list
  • Preparation of spreadsheet with program information, prescreen requirements, application procedures, audition requirements/dates/locations, and deadlines
  • Assistance with setting up prescreens
  • Guidance with performance resume and repertoire
  • Guidance and editing of Common App essay, UC essays, and supplementary essays
  • Assistance with supplementary arts applications
  • Review and proofreading of final applications
  • Assistance with final decision-making after letters of acceptance have been received

Theater


Road to Admission provides specialty services to theater students to help them decipher the many programs and degrees offered at public universities, private universities, colleges, and conservatories in order to create a concise list to meet each student’s needs with consideration given to both audition-based and non audition-based programs. We organize students in terms of timelines, college entrance testing, college visits, essay preparation, audition repertoire, audition prescreens, and supplemental applications. We keep the students on task with deadlines and help to organize auditions and travel.

 

Services may include:

  • In-depth interview with the student and family to assess needs and determine college preferences for best fit
  • Assessment of student transcript, course selection, test scores, extracurricular activities
  • Prepare timeline including college entrance testing and prep, college visits, acquiring letters of recommendation, essays, applications, audition prescreens, final auditions and interviews, and financial aid
  • Guidance assessing college drama programs according to major, degrees, and studios, if applicable
  • Compilation of initial list giving consideration to type of degree (BA/BFA/BM) and audition vs. non-audition
  • Assisting parents in developing their role in supporting the college planning process
  • Standardized test planning and referrals for preparation
  • Referrals for audition preparation (monologues as well as songs if musical theater)
  • Guidance with performance resume and pictures
  • Help with organizing college visits
  • Finalization of college list and strategic planning of application timing: early decision, early action, and regular decision if applicable
  • Preparation of spreadsheet with program information, prescreen requirements, application procedures, audition requirements/dates/locations, and deadlines
  • Guidance and editing of all application essays
  • Review and proofreading of final applications
  • Assistance with final decision-making after letters of acceptance have been received

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