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World-class college counseling & success coaching for all students

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The Acceptance Academy is a proven program that helps 9th-11th grade students discover and get accepted into great colleges!

 

Through live, online workshops and an application boot camp, students learn how to succeed in high school, develop passions, and craft stand-out, college applications by being authentic. 

In other words, the Acceptance Academy coaches high school students on how to become the best version of themselves.

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Who's the Academy for?

Families of 9th-11th graders who want to realize the dream of going to a great college. 

Earn better grades in less time by learning how to work with teachers & how to study.

Develop relationships with admissions counselors and go "beyond the application."

Discover authentic interests and develop unique activities. 

Get walked through all the college applications step-by-step. 

Learn how to get a job, start an organization, and develop creative summer projects. 

Write standout college admissions essays that are required by almost all colleges.

And much, much more that will help students show colleges who they truly are as individuals.

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The Acceptance Academy Program was amazing. I never knew about the opportunities I had, and the program really encouraged me to go for it. I am the first in my family to go to college, so no one thought I would ever get into Harvard! 

—Nicholas Hutchison, Student at Harvard University

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The Acceptance Academy has transformed our college guidance program. Danny and the program streamline this complex process and make it approachable , manageable and the program saves time and ads support to any program or school system.

—Kirk Spahn, Founder and President at ICL Academy Online Private School

Who's It For?
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Master High School and the Admission Process

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The Acceptance Academy consists of 2 parts: 
Live monthly workshops for students, live monthly Q&A sessions for parents, and an application boot camp.

1.

Every month, 9th-11th graders join live workshops where they are coached on topics specific to the time of year by America's Top College Counselor, Danny Ruderman. 

2.

In Aug before 12th grade, students attend a 3-day live boot camp with Danny where they actually create stand-out applications.

Here's How the Acceptance Academy Works

Acceptance Academy consists of two progressive and interconnected parts with one clear purpose: to help your child get accepted into the best college for them by removing the stress, panic, and uncertainty typically associated with the journey. 

Part One: Live, Monthly Online Classes for Students

(Grades 9-11)

Every month throughout the year on either Saturday or Sunday at 11 am PST, your student will join Danny for a LIVE online class covering one of the crucial steps in their quest to succeed in high school and get into their top college choices.
 

Each topic is timed to correspond to a specific period of the year.  

And yes, we record all classes so your child (and you) can watch them any time and as many times as you’d like. 

 

9th Graders
 

August

How to pick the best class schedule for you to have the most options

September
How to rock 9th
 grade + How to talk to and work with your teachers

October
How to get and stay organized

November
How to read textbooks quickly and best retain the information

 

December
How to study
for tests

 

January

How to take notes in a whole new way

February
How to get a handle on anxiety + how to balance school life with extracurriculars

March
How to discover interests and figure out your big why

April
How to come up with opportunities and think BIG + how to visualize

May

How to choose summer activities

June
How to start and run a business


July

How to develop a Growth Mindset + how to purposely do what is hard and be held accountable + how to figure out future careers based on personal strengths

 

10th Graders
 

August

How to rock 10th grade + How to talk to and work with your teachers

 

September
How to get and stay organized

 

October
How to take notes in a whole new way

 

November
How to read textbooks quickly and best retain the information

 

December
How to study
for tests

 

January
How to get a handle on anxiety + how to balance school life with extracurriculars

 

February
How to develop a Growth Mindset + how to purposely do what is hard and be held accountable + how to fi
gure out future careers based on personal strengths

 

March
How to discover interests and figure out your big why

April
How to come up with opportunities and think BIG + how to visualize

May
How to find summer op
portunities + how to get a real job

 

June
How to start and run a business

July
How to make an ACT/SAT study plan

 

11th Graders
 

August

How to rock 11th grade + How to talk to and work with your teachers & counselor

September

How to ensure great letters of rec.

October
How to start finding colleges

November
How to discover colleges that 
match

December
How to sign up for visits / 
How to reach out to professors and admissions officers/mailing lists

January
How to maximize college visits and what to do afterwards

February
How to get recruited in a sport /
 How to create an art/drama/dance portfolio that stands out to admissions offices

March
How to create a nonprofit / How to conduct independent research

April

How to find and get productive internships / How to get a job

May
How to start and run a business

June
How to do "Why Do You Want to Attend Our College?" 
Research


July
How to make a standout activities list + prepare for August Boot Camp

Part Two: Application Boot Camp

(August Before Grade 12)

How incredible is it going to feel to know your child’s applications and required essays will be complete BEFORE they start their senior year? 

As a parent, you know how important it is to get an early start on any process as critical as this one. 

That’s why Danny hosts a 3-day application “Boot Camp” for rising seniors within the Acceptance Academy.

During the week, he helps them create standout applications and write unique admissions essays.

Students get to walk into their senior year without the pressure of looming application deadlines.

Here’s an overview of the 2024 Boot Camp:

Mon, Wed, & Friday - Aug 5, 7, & 9 from 9 am-2 pm


MONDAY

Module 1: 
Introduction & Completing
The Common Application with Danny
+ 30-60 min to complete on own


Module 2: 
Brainstorming the Personal Statement
(the main essay) with Danny
+ 30-60 min to complete on own

Module 3: 
Writing the Personal Statement
(the main essay) with Danny
+ 1-2 hours to complete on own


WEDNESDAY

Module 4: 
Finishing the Activities List  
for different applications with Danny
+ 30-60 min to complete on own

Module 5: 
Completing In-Depth Research
Into the Colleges 
with Danny
+ 1-2 hours to complete on own


Module 6: 
Writing the "Why Do You Want to Go to Our College Essay?" with Danny
+ 1-2 hours to complete on own


FRIDAY

Module 7: 
Writing the Other Common Supplemental Essays with Danny
*Varies based on a student's colleges


Module 8: 
Creating Communications to Contact the Admissions Representatives with Danny
+ 30-60 min to complete on own

Module 9: 
Editing and Putting It All Together
+ Steps to Submit with Danny
*Varies based on a student's colleges

Details

Bonuses

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Monthly Parent Q&A Calls
and Access to the Inner Circle Community

Get all your questions answered as your child goes through high school by joining Danny on his live monthly Q&A calls on the 1st Sunday of each month at 11 am PST AND by asking him questions in his exclusive community made up of parents just like you!

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Personal Texts and Reminders
for Parents & Students

Danny will send out regular parent and student reminders and support via text and email throughout the year when they need it the most. Families will always know what to do when and get inspired along the way!

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Secrets to Getting Money
to Pay for College

Designed for parents, Danny will show you exactly how to find and apply for school-based merit scholarships, as well as outside scholarships. He will also cover how to apply for financial aid and discuss strategies for best filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE financial aid applications. 

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SPECIAL Bonus (good until 5/18/24)
Ultimate Insider Guide to 35 Dream Colleges

One of the most important things students can do to stand out and match themselves to colleges is to do in-depth research into their schools. Unfortunately, finding accurate info can be maddening. This is why Danny has created a resource where students can access campus tours, statistics, dorm videos, student reviews, lists of majors, courses, student organizations, and essay questions all in one place!

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Just a Few of the Colleges Attended by Academy Students:

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ABOUT

About the Creator of the Acceptance Academy

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Danny Ruderman is nationally recognized as one of America’s premier college counselors. After being the first in his family to attend college and only the third student to be accepted into Stanford University from his public high school, Danny's mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admission process. He is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System (St. Martin’s Press) and Top 100 Answers to Your College Admission Questions. He has also created college counseling programs used by nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.

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Watch the video!

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Now YOUR child can get the SAME advice, guidance, and support once available only to high-profile families.

Danny totally had my back and helped me express who I really was–no easy task in such a high-growth phase of life. I am forever grateful for Danny’s guidance. 

—EVAN SPIEGEL, Stanford grad and CEO of Snapchat

A Few Nice Words:

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"Danny's Academy was really constructive. It's impressive to have the hours fly by so quickly! Danny was really funny, which made the writing come a lot easier."


- Colin Browne, Student at the University of Pennsylvania


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"Danny's Academy was a lifesaver. Danny made this whole process so much less stressful. I was applying to a very specific program at NYU, and he had a real understanding of what I would need to accomplish. Danny was honest with me about my goals and upfront about what was expected. The workshop itself was great because when I had doubts about what I was doing, Danny was always available with words of encouragement."

- Willa Polstein, Student at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

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"I can't tell you how much Danny helped me with my essays. I honestly had no idea how to start, and they really helped me come up with ideas and refine my writing. I got so much done and all before I went back to school."

- Jackson Shire, Student at Dartmouth University

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"The Academy was amazingly helpful. I loved how practical it was. We learned so much about the essays, interviews, and how to write emails to admission reps! Overall, I feel so much more confident about going into senior year."


- Neecki Zand, Student at the University of California Berkeley

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"This has been as helpful as anything could be. Being forced to do work, I worked. It also helped that Danny was there the entire time for questions throughout. The group size was perfect."


- Dylan Norris, Student at the University of Michigan


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"Working with Danny was definitely one of the best decisions my family and I made, and I am so grateful for his advice.  Throughout the whole college process, when everyone was stressing about getting apps in, I never felt any because I turned everything in waaaay before the deadline.  Danny really made the my dreams, and the “impossible” my reality. I would’ve never gotten into my dream school without Danny’s help and guidance. If you have an opportunity to work with him, take it."

- Sofia Ziman, Student at NYU's Tisch School Photography & Imaging Program  

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"I definitely owe Danny a big thank you. He really taught me how to think critically and separate myself from the crowd. There is a big emphasis these days on being able to 'network,' but through the lens of Danny Ruderman, I learned that simply means being genuine with the right people.

- Jacob Wasserman, Student at Tulane University

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"Without Danny I wouldn’t have gotten into my dream school. Simple as that! He helped me find a program that revolves around my passion and will allow me to gain real world experience before I graduate college. Danny was incredibly helpful not only to my application and essays but also my mental health and stress throughout the process. He’s also very honest and will lay out a guided plan to get you where you want to go to school— the only thing you need to do is work for it. He will be a grounding and helpful part of your college process. Of course, ultimately you will get yourself into your dream school, but Danny will give you the tools to do exactly that and more. 

- Anna Sophia Lotman, Student at the University of Pennsylvania

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Let's get your child into a top college!

We Offer 2 Options to Enroll and a
30-day risk-free guarantee!

8th/9th Grade Families
One-time fee for the Entire Program of $1395 (or 3 payments of $529)

(enroll by 5/29 to get the Ultimate Insider Guide to 35 Colleges Bonus!)

10th Grade Families
One-time fee for the Entire Program of $1195 (or 3 payments of $459)

(enroll by 5/29 to get the Ultimate Insider Guide to 35 Colleges Bonus!)

11th Grade Families
One-time fee for the Entire Program of $995 (or 3 payments of $389)

(enroll by 5/29 to get the Ultimate Insider Guide to 35 Colleges Bonus!)

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