College Applications Bootcamps


What is Bootcamp?Now in its tenth year, Bootcamp consists of eight intensive 3-hour sessions taught by College Applications Educator, Cecilia E. Johnston. These sessions cover all aspects of the college application process, including organization, college choice strategies, college and scholarship applications, essay guidance and review, college admissions offers and financial aid. The sessions will occur in April and May of your Junior year and approximately once a month starting August of your Senior year. The sessions are timed to coincide with various application deadlines related to colleges, financial aid, scholarships, etc.

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10th & 11th graders: 

Get a Jumpstart on the college process!

Families with 10th and 11th graders, we hope you can join us on:
Sunday, February 3, 2019 for this in-depth workshop, which we offer only two to three times a year. Please read on for more info and how to register!
Sophomore/Junior College Applications Jumpstart
Our most popular one-day workshop!  We will spend 3 hours focusing on the steps high school Sophomores (Class of 2021), Juniors (Class of 2020), and their families can take NOW to jumpstart the College Applications process; to get on track and most importantly, to stay on track. Topics include:
  •     When to take the ACT/SAT (and which to take)
  •     How to build your college resume
  •     How important is Community Service?
  •     Internships vs. Jobs vs. Life Experience
  •     Choosing the right classes in high school
  •     College Choice strategies
  •     Public vs. Private
  •     2 yr. vs 4 yr.
  •     What if my GPA/Test Scores aren’t that good?
  •     Financial Aid Basics
  •     Organization
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2-5pm  
Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillan Ave, Ventura
(Parking available on the street)
Suggested Donation: $50, includes handouts (payable with cash/check at the workshop, or via PayPal through our website)
Please register here  by Feb. 1!  
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Families of Juniors: You may also wish to Pre-register now for Class of 2020: College Applications Bootcamp, which begins in April 2019 (dates to be announced soon!) This 8-session series of workshops walks you through the entire college application process beginning in April of junior year and finishing in March of senior year. For more information on this series, please visit my website. Pre-registering puts you on an interest list, to ensure you are notified when the dates are announced.
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Please don’t hesitate to email me at ceciliajohnston@ceciliajohnston.comwith questions about the college application process. It is my pleasure to serve the families of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as you navigate the complex college admissions process!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!
Cecilia E. Johnston
College Applications Educator


Class of 2019: College Applications Bootcamp

Open Series:

Wednesdays @ Rancho Campana High School ♦ 6:00-9:00pm
Session 7: Jan. 9th, 2019; Session 8: March 10th, 2019
4235 Mar Vista Dr, Camarillo

From a Rancho Campana parent:” Cecilia Johnston is an amazing solid and frank part of our children’s and our understanding of the college process.She provides in her courses the nuts and bolts of every step, however more importantly she has walked through this, is up on college requirements everywhere in the U.S. and goes out of her way to help you when you have a question. How do I know this??? She has done it for our family and she cares, she really cares:)”


Sundays @ Billy Clower Dance Studio ♦ 2:00-5:00 pm
Session 7: Jan. 13th, 2019;  Session 8: March 10th, 2019
75 MacMillan Ave, Ventura

Mondays @ Foothill Technology High School, Room G106 ♦ 6:00-9:00 pm
Session 7:  Jan. 14th, 2019;  Session 8:  Mar. 11th, 2019
100 Day Rd, Ventura