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Academic Advising & College Counseling Services

Do You Have A High School -To – College Game Plan?

Academic Advising & College Counseling Expert Kathy BresslerYou will if you take advantage of our academic advising service. Too many students are not reaching their college admissions potential because they do not make the best decisions about courses, extracurricular activities, and/or standardized tests. Our academic advising service will help you and your children make the choices that will open more college doors.

  1. Meet privately with Kathy Bressler, our college counselor. She has helped hundreds of local students navigate the college admissions process.
  2. Get a personalized, appropriate academic plan with an emphasis on courses colleges are looking for.
  3. Discuss extracurricular activities and get great ideas on what else your student can do to set him/her apart from other college applicants.
  4. Learn more about the SAT and ACT and create a testing plan that would be best for your student.

Parents and students attend together and leave the session(s) with a wealth of information and a strong plan for the rest of high school.

Meetings and Fees:

Call one of our centers or fill out a request here to schedule an online meeting.

Meetings with freshmen do not involve discussion of the SAT and ACT and take about an hour and a half. One hour follow up sessions as sophomores will include information about standardized tests and updated guidance based on your freshman year results.

First-time meetings with sophomores include discussion of testing options and most often takes two hours.

Fee: $175/hour


To have someone contact you with NO obligation, click the “request services” button here:


No credit card required


Professional Background

Kathy Bressler received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.  She also completed UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.

Kathy is the co-owner of Lafayette Academy and has been a college counselor for 12 years.  She belongs to two different consortiums of college counselors in the Bay Area that meet monthly and has traveled to approximately 40 states visiting hundreds of colleges.  Kathy attends many yearly conferences and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • HECA (Higher Education Consultants Organization)

Personal Information & Experiences

While Kathy raised her academic advising, she was on the Burton Valley PTA Board of Directors, Las Trampas Swim Team Director, and Chair of the Youth Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. As a parent and later college counselor, Kathy guided her four daughters through significantly different academic experiences.  

Her oldest daughter, Mallory, graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in Education. Mallory managed after-school programs in Boston and NYC and is now running a coaching business for non-profit organizations and the What the Fundraising podcast. Kathy’s next daughter, Dana, graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a Business Economics major with an emphasis in accounting.  Dana worked at several companies,and is now a Product Manager at Airbnb. Her youngest daughters are twins, Hillary and Rebecca. Hillary double majored in Sociology and Political Science at UC Davis and has a booming dog training business in Lamorinda.  Becca was a Cognitive Science major at UC Berkeley and is a producer at Radiolab in NYC.

Obviously, her academic advising has also been personal, so she understands how most parents feel throughout the process.

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