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.
I want to let you in on a secret:
Our education system is completely outdated.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.
This is exactly what colleges want:
Students filled with ideas and energy, future leaders who make a difference in the world.
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.
THE DREAM SCHOOL PROJECT
- 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:
Week 1: What’s Your Creative Spark?
The foundation of the program, this week is all about helping students understand and develop their own unique, creative spark. Students will learn to identify their particular expressions of creativity so they can develop a highly original approach to their academics, extracurricular activities, and personal relationships. Students will learn the basics of design thinking, a powerful, human-centered approach to problem solving, and will come out of this week inspired to bring this same powerful approach to their own projects — and lives.
Week 2: Stand Out
This week is all about identifying the student’s unique and interesting qualities. I ask them: What lights you up? How do you want to be seen? How do others actually see you? And how can you bridge the gap? By the end of this week, they have a clear sense of their fundamental talents and interests and are ready to go out and make a difference with these talents and passions.
Week 3: Do Something Cool
This is where it gets really fun! This week students brainstorm, plan and begin to implement their unique project ideas. We test ideas to find which one is the most worth pursuing. By the end of this week, students have a clear sense of how to put jumpstart their ideas into action.
Week 4: Partner Up
To build their project to the highest level possible, students benefit from partnering with a mentor. This week, students learn to identify and approach the perfect mentor to build their projects to a remarkable level. With the help of an experienced, invested mentor, students will substantially advance their projects — and radically boost their chances of acceptance at the college of their dreams.
Week 5: Chart a Path into Your Dream School
This week, students create a powerful, stress-free plan for getting into their top choice school. I show students exactly how I take my private students through the college search in a way that’s simple, straightforward and easy. I also teach them how to begin forming powerful connections with professors and other faculty and staff now so they can distinguish themselves from the outset.
Week 6: Get It done
Focusing on efficiency and execution empowers students to actually create their big ideas by cutting down on distractions and improving their decision-making process. This week’s information empowers students to make their big ideas happen by cutting down on distractions and improving their decision making process — in a way that actually appeals to teens.
Part II: Implementation
- 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.
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Why I created The Dream School Project…
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.
NOTE TO STUDENTS FROM ELIZABETH
Maybe you’re a straight-A student, maybe not. Maybe you can score a 1600 on the SAT, maybe not. Maybe you’re a varsity sports athlete or student council president or science team captain. Or maybe you’re not on the front lines — you’re quieter, not the type to rush into the limelight. It doesn’t matter. What matters is this:
THE WORLD DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR VISION, YOUR SKILLS & YOUR PASSION.
THE DREAM SCHOOL PROJECT
If you want to see your child less stressed, more lit up, and more empowered, and you also want to see them significantly boost their chances of acceptance at their top choice school, then The Dream School Project is designed specifically for you.
JOIN THE DREAM SCHOOL PROJECT!
Space is limited.
The Dream School Project begins on September 2016 through the middle of June 2017.
Registration opens next month.
ENROLL YOUR CHILD NOW!
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.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
I want you to be completely comfortable with your purchase, so I offer a 30 day guarantee. If, for whatever reason, you’re not happy with the program, I will gladly refund your money within 30 days of purchase. My only requirement is that students show their work for the first 3 weeks of the program.
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.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best age for students to begin The Dream School Project?
The earliest I recommend that students join the program is in 8th grade. Joining at this important time of transition between middle and high school will provide students a clear guide to navigating high school and the new territory of college prep. However, I encourage students at any point in their high school career to join. It is never too late to learn the essential skills that The Dream School Project offers. That said, if you have a child who is a rising senior, you’ll want to determine whether the focus needs to be directed more to the college application process than to building a unique project. It’s certainly possible to do both, but you want to be sure your child is not feeling overwhelmed.
I’m concerned my child is too busy to make time for The Dream School Project.
Busyness is definitely a common concern for many high school students. They’re trying to juggle a lot. And in fact, that is one of the strengths of The Dream School Project: teaching students how to balance their schedules. Many students find that they actually increase their chances of acceptance at their top choice school when they simplify their schedules and focus on what’s most important: showcasing their unique projects. And the best way to do that is to carve out plenty of time to create and build a project into something remarkable.I will help your child figure out exactly which activities to focus on and how to eliminate the problem of overscheduling.
How can I be sure my child will do the work?
The best way to ensure that students get the most out of the program is to encourage them to attend the live calls, when it will be easier to ask questions and connect with the entire group. Or, of that is not possible, staying active in the Facebook group will keep your child connected to our community and to the important ideas we’re discussing. Additionally, encouraging a close friend to enroll in the program is an excellent way for your child to partner with someone and stay motivated. Finally, your encouragement and belief in your child’s unique gifts are a significant part of your child’s success in the program. I encourage you to stay connected to the program materials by reading my emails and asking your child open-ended questions that encourage self-reflection and curiosity.
How do I know that following your program will improve my child’s chance of acceptance at a top school?
This is an important question. I can tell you from 15 years in this industry that I have seen many students get waitlisted or rejected because they followed the traditional formula of perfection and busyness. But all of my students accepted into their top choice schools developed a remarkable way of distinguishing themselves from every other high achieving student. How? By undertaking a unique project that showcased their individual skills and interests. When you combine this kind of inspired, lit up experience with a remarkable set of essays that conveys a student’s spark, you have a winning combination that will radically boost your child’s chances of acceptance. I’ve seen this work over and over again with my students.
What if my child can’t make the live calls or the Facebook hours? Will s/he still get anything out of the program?
While it’s definitely a bonus to be able to attend the calls and the Facebook hours live, it’s not a requirement. As long as students make time to watch the replay as soon as possible after the live call, they will be able to keep up with the material. If they have any questions about the material, students are always welcome to post in the private Facebook group, and I will always respond quickly.
What can I expect at the end of the program?
By the end of the program, your child will have a substantial project that will showcase his/her unique skills and interests and radically boosts his/her chances of acceptance at a top tier school. In addition, every student will come away from this program knowing how to reduce stress, how to hone their unique skills and interests, how to connect with a mentor, and how to minimize procrastination and distraction. These are life skills that students can continue to put into practice as they bring their projects to life.
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