Executive Functioning/Organizational Coaching:
Students can easily be overwhelmed juggling five to seven different classes, all with unique short- and long-term assignments, along with extracurricular activities, family events, and their own social interests. Our work is all about encouraging students to develop critical organization, time-management, planning, and prioritization skills to help them feel more confident and reduce their overall stress.
We begin our work through a 90-minute, one-on-one organizational workshop in which we review our foundational strategies around executive functioning (as highlighted in Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun’s first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week). During the workshop we review binders, digital folders, and written planners; distraction management; habits related to food, sleep, and stress management; as well as personal and academic goals. Our approach is positive and solutions oriented, and students often leave the workshop feeling excited and inspired to be more organized.
Students follow up the workshop with weekly, 55-minute sessions throughout the school year, during which we continue to help students develop habits around crucial organization, time-management, and personal productivity skills and systems that help them become and stay confident, resilient, and enthusiastic about school and life. During each session, we aim to help students reflect on their previous week and plan and strategize for their upcoming week.
Our focus is to go beyond just grades and scores to empower students to consider and develop their own personal values and reflect on their daily behavioral habits and choices. Above all, we want students to become encouraged, inspired, and confident members of their school and greater communities.
“Green Ivy has been the most valuable resource for our son throughout his high school experience… They truly care about my son’s success in high school and beyond.”
- Parent of Saratoga, CA high school student
“I just wanted to give you a shout out and thank you for working with my son and getting him to practice for the SAT. He got his score back this weekend. He got a 1550. 750 on the English and a perfect 800 on the math. He was ecstatic!!”
- Parent of Mountain View, California high school student
“At Green Ivy, we love the 'one-on-one' attention that’s missing in the classroom… I particularly like their professional approach and their outstanding communication, as they provide both parents and students with progress reports. All three of our children have been paired with highly qualified [staff members] that have positively impacted their self-confidence and success in the classroom.”
- Parent of several Los Altos Hills, CA students
“We’ve been working with Green Ivy for several months now and are very impressed with the kindness and talent of the tutors. They appear to use time efficiently, and are thoughtful in their suggestions. My daughter has a quiz in biology tomorrow and my husband said, ‘I don’t know how she’s going to do on the test, but she knows the material cold.’ Thanks!”
- Parent of Mountain View, CA high school students
"I would like to thank you both for your time helping me make my college applications stronger. I feel I couldn’t have done this without you and I am really grateful that I was able to get in. Thank you again for all the help you have given me."
- Palo Alto High School Senior, Class of 2021
Often in combination with our organizational coaching, we provide guided instruction during the school year and summer months for students needing extra support in the following subjects:
- English (including AP Literature and AP Language)
- Math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
- Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Spanish (all levels)
- History (Social Studies, World History, U.S. History, Government)
- IB-Level Classes
In addition to encouraging students to understand the necessary content, we help students recognize the most meaningful and productive ways for them to learn and engage with the material. We work closely with our students to develop methods that work best with their unique learning styles to help them build their understanding as well as their academic self-confidence.
Standardized Test Preparation:
We provide both middle and high school students with thorough and extensive preparation for the following standardized tests:
- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
- ACT (American College Test)
- HSPT (High School Placement Test)
- ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
- SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
We always begin our test preparation programs with a diagnostic exam. For high school students deciding between the SAT or ACT, we start by giving them a comprehensive SAT/ACT diagnostic test that offers insight into their personal strengths. The exam is approximately four hours long and results include a detailed, nine-page follow-up report that we use to design an individualized curriculum for each student’s one-on-one test prep sessions.
Our holistic approach helps students to develop critical test-taking skills, while building self-confidence and relieving them of typical test anxiety.
Our best practices are individualized and results oriented. On average, our students have improved their SAT scores by more than 300 points (out of 1600 total) and increased their ACT scores by up to 9 points (out of 36 total).
Many colleges and universities have adopted Test Optional/Test Blind policies over the past few years. "Test Optional" schools allow students to decide whether or not to submit standardized test scores. "Test Blind" schools, including UCs and CSUs, don't consider test scores when reviewing applications. Students should work with their counselor to determine the best option for them.
For the HSPT/ISEE/SSAT, we offer 10-, 12-, and 15-session intensive preparation programs that help familiarize students with the exams and allow them to build their skills in particular areas in a short amount of time.
Put simply, great writing changes lives.
At Green Ivy, we know effective writing skills open doors to diverse worlds of opportunity, creativity, and knowledge. For nearly two decades, we've designed engaging, interactive, informative and fun writing workshops for students of all ages and all levels of writing comfort.
We personalize our one-on-one writing workshops to the needs of each student. Before the first session, students fill out a basic questionnaire and submit two current writing samples to help us individualize our overall curriculum and hone in on areas of growth and opportunity.
Our writing workshops focus on topics including (and not limited to!) grammar, idea development and self-editing strategies, essay organization, expository writing, persuasive writing, and creative writing.
We offer our writing workshops throughout the year and during the summer in packages of 8, 12, or 15 sessions of 55 minutes or 80 minutes. We work with students both in-office and virtually, so our writing programs are accessible to students all over the world.
College Admissions and Academic Advising:
The average high school guidance counselor is responsible for 482 students! Many caring, qualified high school counselors simply aren’t able to provide the individualized, in-depth guidance and academic support that students (and their parents!) need.
At Green Ivy, our thoughtful, balanced, and personalized approach empowers students to develop competitive applications and personal statements that highlight their individual strengths.
Students often begin the college counseling process with us during their sophomore or junior year through a one-hour consultation in which we review coursework, transcripts, test scores, activities, and personal interests.
We offer three options for working with Green Ivy on the college application process:
Comprehensive College Advising Program: Our most popular option, the Comprehensive College Advising Program, includes at least 40 appointments throughout the sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. As part of the program, students will participate in our four-day Intensive College Application Bootcamp. The program is meant to provide extensive support, strategically assess students' academic strengths and interests, and design an appropriate college list. We also keep students on track to meet deadlines, provide weekly checklists and an overall timeline, edit essays as appropriate, offer support with supplemental questions, and offer tips and strategies to maximize productivity and decrease stress.
Basic College Advising Program: Students in the Basic College Advising Program receive an introductory consultation; participate in our four-day Intensive College Application Bootcamp; and use five individual follow-up appointments to work on personal statements, supplemental applications, counselor and teacher questionnaires, and overall management of the process. Additional follow-up sessions can be added according to each student's needs. This program is best suited for recruited athletes and students who already have a highly focused list of three to six schools.
Intensive College Application Bootcamp: In this thorough four-day bootcamp, we provide a structured curriculum to help students step back and reflect on their own personal story. We spend ample time identifying best approaches for the Common Application, Coalition Application, and UC/CSU Application, as appropriate. Students take time to draft an initial personal statement and receive feedback for future drafts. The bootcamp, which can be done as a standalone experience, is also included for all students completing the Comprehensive or Basic College Advising Programs.
The College Application Jump Start Workshop: The College Application Jump Start Workshop is designed for high school seniors who want help getting started on their college applications. The individualized workshop consists of four comprehensive sessions designed to instill confidence, spark inspiration, and inspire students to write standout college essays. Students meet with a counselor weekly or bi-weekly, and complete work in-between sessions. Our counselors provide students with high-quality instruction and guidance around refining college lists, creating an activity list, writing personal statements, drafting supplemental essays, and effectively planning out their application process. The workshop is tailored to suit each student’s needs and goals.
Sophomore/early junior year: Initial meeting with counselor.
January/February (junior year): Meeting to go over transcripts and PSAT scores, discuss standardized testing schedule and upcoming summer activities, and make suggestions for the senior year.
April/May/June (junior year): Student takes standardized tests as appropriate, reviews an initial list of colleges, makes several college visits, and fills out questionnaires for teacher and school counselor recommendations.
Summer between junior and senior years: Summer activities, final review of schools, and initial drafts of personal statement(s).
August/September/October (senior year): Create timeline based on final school list, decide on Early Application/Early Decision (EA/ED) process, finalize personal statements, work on supplemental questions for each school, give teachers and counselor additional background information, and take standardized tests (as appropriate).
November/December (senior year): Finalize applications, submit EA/ED applications as appropriate, submit all applications by first week of December.
January (senior year): Follow up with counselor for midyear reports.
April (senior year): Review acceptances, discuss options, and help make final decisions.
School Consulting and Faculty Professional Development:
Green Ivy Educational Consulting founder Ana Homayoun travels to schools and conferences around the world speaking about organization, social media, technology in schools, and student wellness.
We work with schools on school consulting, advisory curriculum design, and faculty professional development, and include several different options:
- Full School Year Consult: Our most comprehensive option gives schools thorough guidance and coaching around changing the classroom and school culture to promote organization, time management, wellness, and personal responsibility.
- Faculty/Staff In-Service Presentations: Our interactive in-service presentations give faculty members opportunities to collaborate and come up with solutions to help their students develop better organization and time-management skills. Faculty members leave the presentation with practical tools that they can easily implement in their classrooms and in their own lives.
Our strategies have saved teachers HUNDREDS of hours in chasing down missed assignments and addressing stressed-out parents whose children have poor grades because of organizational issues.
- Student Presentations (for grades 6 - 12 and university students): We present fun, interactive strategies that encourage students to be more organized, more involved and more confident members of their classroom and school communities. In short, through our engaging presentations, we highlight the importance of simple organization and time-management skills, as well as how to overcome social media distractions and maintain overall social and emotional wellness in a stressful world. When combined with a faculty/staff in-service presentation, teachers can use the student presentation as a jumping-off point to introduce strategies in the classroom.
- Family Engagement Presentations: Our family engagement presentations help parents and caregivers understand what is different for today’s preteens and teenagers, and what parents can do to help their children find success both in and out of the classroom. Presentations provide parents with simple, practical, and easy-to-implement strategies that can decrease household stress and improve family harmony. We cover current topics such as student development, organization and time-management strategies, social media awareness, and how to positively promote a child’s social and emotional development.