The College Counseling office provides two summer programs for rising seniors, the College Admissions Boot Camp and the College Essay Workshop.

College Essay Workshop

This ten-hour workshop (five two-hour meetings) helps rising seniors prepare essays for college applications. The instructors have years of experience helping students with such essays. For a motivated, focused student, the program provides sufficient instruction and encouragement to write at least one strong essay at week's end. Students are encouraged to arrive to the workshop with some work already done on their essays.

Students may choose one of the following sessions:

July 22 to 26, 7:45 to 9:45 a.m.
July 22 to 26, 10:00 a.m. to noon
July 22 to 26, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
July 29 to August 2, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Workshop Fee:  $200

College Essay Workshop Director: Jim Saltzman,

College Admissions Boot Camp
This ten-hour workshop (five two-hour meetings) offers a rising senior the opportunity to discuss, review, and gain a heads up on his college applications. Topics include searching for colleges to secure a smart college list, understanding the difference between SAT and ACT and how to read his scores, how to differentiate oneself in the admissions process, how to choose a major, what is demonstrated interest and how does it impact his college decision, and what colleges look for in the admissions process.

Students may choose one of the following sessions:

June 17 to 21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
July 8 to 12, 10:00 a.m to noon
July 29 to August 2, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Boot Camp Fee:  $200

Admissions Boot Camp Director: Jeff Fuller,


Summer Camp Important Information

  • College Counseling Summer Camps are optional, not required for any student.
  • Students may sign up for the Admissions Boot Camp, the Essay Workshop, or both.
  • Students may only register for one session of each camp.  
  • Space is limited, so students may only attend the session for which they have registered.
  • Camps will be held in Strake Jesuit classrooms. Students need to bring functioning school iPads.
  • Students and parents should make sure the camp dates and times do not conflict with the student's summer job or other responsibilities. We are not able to pro-rate fees for time missed.


Summer Camp Registration Form