“Speedy” Make-up Session (Combined Sessions 1 & 2)
Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ Billy Clower Dance Studio ♦ 2:00-5:00pm 

    For families who weren’t able to attend Session 1 and/or 2; Session 3 resumes in August    
    75 MacMillan Ave, Ventura
Click here to register!

If you did not attend Session 1 or 2, we kindly request a donation of $325 for the full series (the combined 1 & 2 makeup plus the remaining 6 sessions), or $55 for the make-up session and $45 at each remaining session. Donations can be made using the PayPal button below, or with cash/check at the sessions. If you’d like to pay for the full series online or at the June 30 session, you will receive a gift certificate for one hour of private consultation with Cecilia (an $80 value!), which can be used any time during the college application process.


Class of 2020: College Applications Bootcamp

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Class of 2020: College Applications Bootcamp  

What is Bootcamp?
Eight intensive, 3-hour sessions taught by Cecilia E. Johnston, certified College Admissions Counselor, former VUSD Parent, and local high school volunteer – serving Ventura & Santa Barbara County families for over ten years! Cecilia earned a College Admissions Counseling Certificate through UCLA Extension and is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling), the regional affiliate of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling).
These sessions cover all aspects of the college application process, including organization, college choice strategies, college and scholarship applications, essays, college admissions offers and financial aid. The sessions occur twice in the Spring of your Junior year (makeup session available over the summer) and approximately once a month starting August of your Senior year. The sessions are timed to coincide with various deadlines related to college testing, applications, financial aid, scholarships, etc.
Who is it for?
High School students graduating in 2020 and their Parents. (Students from all Ventura County/Santa Barbara area schools and homeschoolers are welcome.)
When and where is it?
Choose the Series that works best with your schedule (regardless of which high school you attend). If you miss a class, you may attend one of the other 2 public sessions happening that month, as the sessions all follow the same schedule.
How much does it cost?
We kindly suggest a donation of $45 per family per session (or $360 per family for the full 8-session series / $400 for the private group series). Pay what you can when you can, no family will be turned away for inability to pay. (Note: Your donations help us cover the cost of facility rental, materials and handouts, and copious research time.) Donations may be made at the sessions with cash or check or through Venmo, they are not required in advance. If you prefer to pay with debit/credit card, please use the PayPal links below or on our website. Check out the Special Offer below!


Pay for the full Bootcamp Series by June 30th, 2019 ($325 if you’re starting June 30th) and receive a complimentary gift certificate for one hour of private consultation with Cecilia (an $80 value!) to assist you with building your college list, review your individual plans, provide essay guidance, hold your hand while you complete your FAFSA, or whatever will help your family get through the college application process!

To redeem this offer, you may pay at the June session with cash or check, securely online with a credit card via PayPal through our website or the Pay Now links below, through Venmo to: mommaesq07, or by mailing a check payable to “Cecilia Johnston” to 9395 Santa Margarita Road, Ventura, CA 93004.

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Class of 2020 College Applications Bootcamp Schedule:
Sundays @ Billy Clower Dance Studio, 2:00-5:00pm 
Sessions 3-8: Aug 25, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 17, Jan 12, Mar 8

Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillan Ave, Ventura
Click here to register!


Mondays @ Foothill Technology High School, 6:00-9:00pm
Sessions 3-8: Aug 26, Sep 9, Oct 7, Nov 18, Jan 13, Mar 16
Click here to register!
The Monday Series is filled to capacity, however there is space in the Sunday/Thursday Series



**Thursdays** @ Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 5575 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, 6:00-9:00pm
Sessions 3-8: Aug 29, Sep 26, Oct 10, Nov 7, Jan 9, Mar 12
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Private Group Series (by host invitation only): Sundays, 2:00-5:00pm
Sessions 3-8: Aug 19 (Mon 6-9pm), Sep 22, Oct 20, Nov 10, Jan 19, Mar 29
Click here to register!


Sophomore/Junior College Applications Jumpstart

Our most popular one-day workshop!  We will spend 3 hours focusing on the steps families of rising High School Sophomores (Class of 2022) and rising Juniors (Class of 2021) 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
How to build your college resume
How important is Community Service?
Internships vs. Jobs vs. Life Experience
Choosing the right classes
College Choice
Public vs. Private 2 yr. vs 4 yr.
What if my GPA/Test Scores aren’t that good?
Financial Aid Basics Organization

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00pm
​​Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillan, Ventura
$50 Suggested Donation per family
Click here to register!

Also available as a private workshop for groups of 5 or more families, see “Scholarware Parties” below.
 Pay Now

First Look: Freshman Year & Beyond

Tools and strategies for incoming 9th graders to manage the transition to high school and get on the right track toward college. Will discuss high school social-emotional issues,  A-G requirements and academic rigor, preparing for financial aid and college costs, testing timelines, and strategies to prepare you for the college applications process. 2.5-hour workshop for parents and students.
With Guest Speaker Natasha Hillis, guidance counselor at Buena High School

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 2:00 – 4:30pm
​​Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillan, Ventura
​Click here to register!
Complimentary workshop; no donation requested

Find Your Fit! How to find the colleges that are right for YOU!

Determine what factors make a college a good fit for YOU! Includes specific strategies and suggestions for students with GPAs ranging from average to high. In this informative workshop we will talk about how to find those schools that are a great fit AND that give financial aid to a range of students.
Available as a Private session, either group or individual.
Contact us for pricing, includes handouts

“Scholarware” Parties!

Gather a group of your friends and host a workshop in the relaxed environment of your own home or community facility. We will tailor the workshop to the needs of your group. Your friends will be thrilled!
Rates are $50 per family for 3 hours.

Workshops/Fundraisers available for community/youth/parent organizations
A workshop can be tailored for your community, youth or parent organizations. Email us to discuss options.

Private Consultations
If you prefer more individualized, concentrated, one-on-one assistance that can be scheduled at your convenience, Cecilia is available to work privately with your family. Rates are $80 per hour for consultations held in our Ventura office.

To schedule a consultation, simply click “Book Now” to view the online appointment calendar and select an appointment time that works with your schedule. Please email Cecilia with any questions at ceciliajohnston@ceciliajohnston.com.

If you prefer to meet in your own home, additional travel fees may be charged, please contact us directly to book this type of appointment, at ceciliajohnston@ceciliajohnston.com.

Essay Review
Students participating in Bootcamp receive individualized essay guidance, support, and review throughout Bootcamp. If students would like essay review outside of Bootcamp, we are available to assist you. Please inquire about rates.

**Prior to requesting essay assistance, we highly recommend reviewing the fantastic FREE guidance and tips at www.essayhell.com – you will find all the tools you need to write an incredible essay!**

To request essay assistance or review, please email Cecilia at ceciliajohnston@ceciliajohnston.com.