Educational Talent Search Services

Academic Advising

  • Information about post secondary school admissions and selection
  • Visits to local colleges and universities
  • Assistance with SAT registration and preparation
  • Academic assessments and tutorial referrals
  • Study skill and time management workshops
  • College essay, personal statement, and creative writing support

Career Guidance

  • Career exploration workshops
  • Career shadowing opportunities
  • Resume writing support
  • Mentoring with Penn undergraduates

Financial Aid Counseling

  • Workshops to assist with personal financial management
  • Support with applying for financial aid for post secondary education (FAFSA & PHEAA)
  • Assistance with applying and searching for scholarships and grants
  • Budgeting and financial planning support

Grade-Specific Activities

GRADE 6
FOCUS: Ensuring a smooth transition into middle school.
Classes and individual sessions on developing school identity and friendships, self-esteem and self-concept, skills for appreciating differences and college awareness.
GRADE 7
FOCUS: Setting goals, time management & study skills development.
Classes and individual sessions on resume writing, vocabulary development, and career and college awareness.
GRADE 8
FOCUS: Developing a high school plan towards being college ready by graduation.
Classes and individual sessions on transition from middle to high school, academic survival skills, decision making and leadership skills, college
awareness, and visits to area colleges.
GRADE 9
FOCUS: Developing basic academic & test-taking skills.
Individual and group sessions on academic assessment, academic enrichment information, tutorial referrals, shadow day, time management and study skills, as well as college tours.
GRADE 10
FOCUS: Career exploration
Individual and group sessions on academic assessment, & tutorial referrals, academic enrichment, career exploration, and college visits.
GRADE 11
FOCUS: Exploring postsecondary options and the admissions process.
Individual and group sessions on researching colleges and scholarships, academic assessment and enrichment/tutorial program referrals, college and college fair visitations.
GRADE 12
FOCUS: College & financial aid application process and preparation.
Individual and group sessions on SAT registration, scholarship searches, college applications, admissions process, FAFSA workshops, college essay writing, senior project monitoring, academic assessment and tutorial referrals, assistance completing financial aid forms.