Your path through high school into college really can be this exhilarating!
Do you know what it takes to get into the college — and LIFE — of your dreams?
Not straight A’s. Not perfect test scores. Not a resume longer than a CEO’s.
Bringing your unique gift to the world
Whether you want to get into a top tier university or you just want to live a life that’s lit up and filled with adventure, the path to your success begins with just one thing:
Digging deep to find out what you love and then figuring out how to touch the world with this thing that lights you up like a firefly.
But school isn’t teaching you how to find out what your unique gift is, is it?
How many of your teachers have asked you, “What do you love? What lights you up? What kind of difference do you want to make in the world?”
If you’re like most of the students I work with, you’d probably say, “None.”
Not because your teachers don’t care but because they’re stuck in a system that forces them to prize test scores above everything else.
Our education system is completely outdated.
Think about this: Do you know any colleges looking for students who only know how to sit at their desks and churn out perfect grades?
How many companies can you think of today who just want you to sit down and spit back what your boss tells you?
Is that how Malala became the youngest Nobel Laureate prize winner ever for the way she is transforming education for girls in Pakistan? Is that how Joshua Wong became named as one of the most influential teens for his bold activism in Hong Kong?
Of course not!
And just like them, you can tap into your own unique spark and creativity to discover what your gift is and how you can use it to make the world around you better — more humane, more compassionate, more innovative, more beautiful.
And that is exactly why I created The Dream School Project: to help you become the powerful agent for good in the world that you were born to be.
The Dream School Project is a year-long online group mentoring program for high school students designed to get them into their dream schools by ditching perfection in favor of passion.
The Project includes a series of live calls, brief, innovative assignments, Facebook office hours, and regular emails to parents to inspire deeper conversations.
We’ll discover your child’s passion — even if they don’t think they have a “passion” — and help them express the essence of who they are and what they’re able to bring to their community.
The result? Happier, more empowered kids who are much more likely to get a YES at their top choice school.
- 34 LIVE TRAINING CALLS to introduce the week’s material and give students an opportunity to ask questions and get on-the-spot, personal feedback. All calls will be recorded for convenient replay.
- BRIEF DAILY ASSIGNMENTS during the first six weeks of the program that inspire deeper self-reflection and innovative thinking.
- WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS during the remainder of the program that help students make measurable progress on their projects.
- FACEBOOK OFFICE HOURS for questions, conversations and networking with other students.
- WEEKLY EMAILS TO PARENTS designed to inspire connection and conversation with your child.
Part I: Strategy
During the first six weeks of year-long program, we’ll be establishing the foundation of our work together with the following modules:
- The Remainder of the Year
- During this critical phase, I help students to continue building on the foundation we laid in The Dream School Project.
- I show students how to bring the highest level of creativity, innovation, and impact to their communities through their projects and extracurricular involvement.
- In addition, we discuss in depth the student’s academic path: which classes to sign up for, how to prepare for and when to take the ACT and/or SAT, and how to identify when to reach out for additional academic support. (I can help students locate an excellent academic tutor.)
- I also help students find and connect with a mentor specific to their project.
- Once a month, I will bring in expert guests to introduce new ideas and new ways of developing creativity, innovation, passion, and purpose. The whole idea of this program is to fully prepare students for college — and for LIFE!
- By the end of sophomore year, students will have an extraordinary project well underway and a powerful strategy for distinguishing themselves from every other high achieving student.
- Sophomores will now be ready to join the next level program that will take them all the way through their senior year.
If you’re here, you’ve already given your kids the foundation they need: support, tutoring, investment in them. And they’re showing up with great grades and a remarkable record of achievement.
As we’ve all heard, it takes a village to raise a child. It’s my honor to join your village and partner with you in supporting your child’s success. I provide every tool you’ll need, and you provide your continued support and love. Working together, we’ll help your child get the most out of The Dream School Project.
By the end of this year together, each student will have a substantial project that showcases their unique interests — and impacts their communities in a meaningful way.
Now they will be positioned with the highest chance of acceptance at the school of their dreams.
Hello! I’m Elizabeth Dankoski, founder and CEO of The Dream School Project. My mission is to help my students figure out exactly what lights them up, what they value, and what kind of influence they want to bring to the world — and, in the process, to help them get into the school of their dreams.
I show my students exactly how to distinguish themselves and create the future they dream of.
I’ve helped hundreds of students create a powerful strategy that has gotten them into the nation’s top schools: Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, and many others. It would be an honor to help your child do the same.
Space is limited.
The Dream School Project begins on September 2016 through the middle of June 2017.
Registration opens next month.
1. Submit your application by clicking on the YES, I’M IN button below
2. Once we review your application, we’ll set up a time to speak.
Note: Space is limited
Due to my high level of involvement in this program, I limit the number of students in each session.
If you think The Dream School Project would benefit your child, please sign up early to secure your child’s spot.
Today I just found out I got accepted into Cornell’s College of Engineering! Thank you again for your help pulling my essays and the letter of continued interest together at the last moment. It would have been really tough to stay focused and push through quality applications in the last few weeks without your help. About two weeks ago, on Pi day, I’m still in shock about this one – I got into MIT! So I’m in the incredibly lucky position of having great choices to pick from, although MIT is highly likely to be my top choice now (as I had never really considered it likely before). Anyways, thank you again! Your help definitely helped me with CMU and Cornell essays tremendously, but the brainstorming and writing process also gave me material for my other RD applications
As the father of a high school junior, I wanted to encourage those considering Elizabeth’s programs. For our family the program has been a game changer, a life changer really. We knew our daughter’s ability to differentiate herself was important in the college admissions process. “Try this, do that” we told her pushing “another thing” on a teenageer. Good grief. Elizabeth, not her parents, offered a structure that our daughter, Bayne, bought into. No pushing now required. What’s really happening to Bayne is her ongoing development of confidence, creativity and sense of purpose. Her project, refined by Elizabeth, has become a community service outreach, a college essay, an excitement about a possible career, and a source of pride for Bayne. All these things have complemented our daughter’s life in a very important way. But we, her parents, learned a lot along the way too. Specifically, the section on mentors. Professionally we have added a mentor to help navigate a competitive ever changing marketplace. While geared at high schoolers Elizabeth’s lessons gave us a few ideas too on getting better. Our daughter has and it appears will continue to flourish in large part because of Elizabeth’s programs. Thanks for teaching her parents a thing or two also.”