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College Planning Seminar for High School Students

Life Skills

College Research Project & Optional Presentation (Ages 11-13)

In this live, semester course, scholars will learn about college admissions and what it takes to get admitted. They will also conduct and present research on one of their top-choice colleges.
Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
12 total reviews for this teacher
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$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

1) Scholars will know and understand the fundamentals of college admissions. 
2) Scholars will be able to communicate what it takes to get admitted to their schools of choice. 
3) Scholars will know how to use web-based resources to conduct college research. 
4) Scholars will be able to use Google Slides or PowerPoint to prepare a presentation. 
As an independent college counselor and education consultant for federal and state-granted-funded programs, I have developed award-winning college and career readiness programs that have been scaled and replicated in several schools and districts. In these capacities, as well as my formed district and building roles, I have helped thousands of students of varied socioeconomic and academic programs succeed in getting accepted into the colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions of their choice. Ninety-five percent (95%) of Pinnacle Prep scholars get into one or more of their top three choices. I consider my own two children’s success my greatest college counseling accomplishments because both graduated valedictorian (two years apart), were accepted to Stanford, MIT, five-six Ivy League universities, and several Top 20 colleges, and earned $2.5 million in merit scholarships together. You can learn more about my college counseling work at and on social media @ThePinnacle Prep on Instagram and at
After each class, scholars will:
1. Use online resources to complete any unfinished research task on their top school of choice. 
2. Use the Google Slides or PowerPoint template to finalize the draft of the assigned presentation section.
3. Participate in the class discussion and ask and/or answer questions via the Outschool Learner Space or Google Classroom.
Prior to each class, I will post relevant resources and Google Slides or PowerPoint slides from the Pinnacle Prep College Research Project & Presentation template. Resources and slide templates will be posted to the Outschool Learner Space or in a Google Classroom. Scholars can use the teacher-provided Google Slides or PowerPoint templates, their own slides templates, or the Zoom chatbox.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
All scholars will receive informal feedback during class but will not receive formal grades or feedback. Homeschoolers may request formal evaluation marks and a culminating grade for this course. These scholars will receive completion and participation points for weekly assignments and a culminating rubric evaluation for the presentation. All points will be recorded and shared with these scholars.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Pre-Approved Tools
Scholars will use Google Slides or PowerPoint to prepare and deliver their presentation. Scholars will use Outschool Learner Space or Google Classroom to read and respond to discussion posts and access course resources.

Third-Party Tools
Scholars will use U.S. News, College Score Card, and the Common Data Set and websites fof their selected colleges/universities to conduct research on their top-choice schools.
Scholars will use U.S. News, College Score Card, and/or the Common Data Set and their selected college or university websites to conduct research on their top-choice schools.


Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Get Lit and #Aim2GetAdmitted to your top-choice college with an award-winning educator, mom of two valedictorians/Stanford & MIT students/Ivy League admits, literacy specialist, college writing instructor, and college counselor. My goal is to help all children develop college and career ready literacy skills and to succeed in their #Aim2GetAdmitted to their schools of choice.
12 total reviews
32 completed classes

About Me

My name is Demeka, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Outschool community! I love working with children from across the globe and of all different ages. I mainly teach classes that are research-focused (e.g., how to conduct scientific or... 
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