Academics, College Counseling & Educational SUCCESS Services

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our Informational Workshops & Seminars:

I highly recommend the services at Access Success. We have taken three classes so far and I am so amazed by the wealth of information that Francesca has to share. There are classes available to guide you through every step of the college search and application process. Our son just completed the college boot camp course and I am beyond pleased with the results. - Gabrielle B. (Summer 2019)

Francesca is a wealth of knowledge regarding anything related to college admissions. I have attended several of her workshops and have always come away having learned valuable information. She has gone through the process with her own children, and keeps up with changes in order to be able to provide up to date and accurate information. She is always willing to answer questions and quickly responds to emails. I wholeheartedly recommend her services. - Nicole S. (Fall 2018)


What parents & students say about ...

using ALL of our services:

Well, I am pleased to say that our son successfully submitted his college applications yesterday. We are so excited to have that behind us and now the excitement begins to see where he will be accepted and ultimately choose to go. Thank you so much for your support along the way. Your knowledge was invaluable.  It is a good feeling knowing he had your guidance through the process. Our initial meeting, SAT prep and Boot Camp were all so very helpful. - Stephanie C. (Fall 2020)

A must do for any high school family planning for college! Francesca’s insights and expertise are invaluable. During our initial consultation, she explained the “college process” from the perspective of both the student and parent. While college planning can seem overwhelming at times, Francesca guided us along the way in an engaging, responsive, and comprehensive manner. Plus, the diversity of parent and student workshops were invaluable. We would recommend Access Success to any family looking for an advantage when it comes to college planning and prep. - Chip & Brenda W. (Spring 2020)

Francesca really knows this business! During our first conversation, Francesca offered excellent ideas on how to focus on which colleges our son should consider as well as personalized pointers on getting in. We attended seminars explaining the application, admittance, and financing processes, each of which served us well. We were happy to have Francesca's help and have just made an appointment for a strategy session for our second son. Great! - Michael C. (Summer 2019)

Our family cannot say enough great things about Francesca and Access Success. Not only did the classes provide valuable information, but individual sessions have been incredibly helpful. She has been an amazing resource for all things college-related and has been beyond supportive and responsive. Our two very different kids both appreciate how she has found that balance with being able to relate to them while still being straightforward and not "sugar-coating" things. We highly recommend using her services for any and all stages of the college admissions process! - Dawna L. (Winter 2019)

​​Summer College Admissions Boot Camp:

I have to tell you that my son absolutely loved your boot camp.  I
have been struggling a bit with him getting interested and proactive with anything college related .... He said [he] feels so much better now and his interest and commitment has really turned a corner. 
I am so grateful to you. We had senior portraits today and I was raving about it to some other moms and will be sharing your website address with them. - Nancy V. (Summer 2020)

Thank you so much....  We are so happy that our son was able to participate in this boot camp program. He has made his plans to send you the information that is still needing to be reviewed.... Thank you again for providing such a helpful workshop and we are beyond thrilled with the results! - Gabrielle B. (Summer 2019)

First and foremost I would like to thank you for your time and expertise in working with teenagers in this very daunting college application process. My son absolutely loves you and was so excited when he came home on Monday that he told me he was looking forward to going back Tuesday. I was completely blown away with this response considering that Monday morning he was hemming and hawing about going. So again, thank you so very much. He read me everything he worked on and it was all awesome.​ Thank you again for all that my son got accomplished during this boot camp session. It was truly one of the best things I  ever spent money on. And just to see him so excited about it was so worth it. It has been a bit of a challenge to get him to do any work at all with the college process so this is just so amazing. - Diane C. (Summer 2019)

our Initial College Consultations:

Thank you very much for all the information you gave us to think about yesterday. We feel like we have a plan of action on what to do next now which is super helpful. - Lynette R. (Summer 2019)

I wanted to reach out and thank you so much for the time you spent with us yesterday. It was jam-packed with such helpful information. I know my husband and I walked out of your office at ease. It was also extremely helpful for our daughter also. I felt you gave her the guidance to keep doing what she’s doing and she will hopefully be able to reach her goals. - Adele S. (Winter 2019)

​​​​Francesca is very knowledgeable and thorough! She’s given us lots of valuable information on the college process, timing, high school course selection, standardized testing, financial aid, applications, tours...the list goes on! Invest in your student with a meeting with Francesca! - Gina L. (Winter 2017)

​​​​The whole college process is fraught with people waiting to prey on your fears/insecurities and sell you information that benefits -- not you as a student/family, but their bottom line. And so, we looked at counseling services with hesitation. Yet, having heard so many positive things regarding Francesca from so many friends...we gave it a shot, and are SO glad we did. She clearly loves young people, and giving them their best shot. She doesn't pretend to have a magic formula, or gimmick, just lots (and lots and lots) of good, solid, tips and advice. No replacement for "doing your homework" -- just the direction needed to ensure that -- if your kiddo puts in the work (and mom and dad, too) -- it will be worth it. We went in very well-informed and still had TONS to learn. We'll be back! - Christi K. (Winter 2017)


​​our help with Writing Application Essays & Supplements:

I am writing to you to thank you for the incredibly helpful advice and thoughtful revisions you have offered me through my college essay and Common App processes. Without this assistance, I doubt that either my Common App or my essay would be in the shape they are today. Because of your careful review, I am confident in my chance of being admitted to the schools I have applied to. Again, many thanks.... Natalie L. (Fall 2020) 

Thank you for being such a big help to our son on completing his common application. You truly are a gifted teacher/motivator! I am especially appreciative that you made so much effort to accommodate us at the last minute.  - Marie C. (Fall 2020)

I was pleasantly surprised by the essay that resulted from today's session. Not at all what I expected, but well done. Thank you! - Cait F. (Fall 2018)

the How to Negotiate Financial Aid Seminar:

Just a quick update.... I believe that [my daughter] told you that she is going to Trinity.  She ended up applying Early Decision.  She ended up with a $100,000 merit scholarship ($25,000 each year).  After numerous appeals, she received $7,000 in grants which are renewable each year.  I may give it one more try for some additional money.  [My other daughter] got into Marist and received a $40,000 merit scholarship ($10,000 each year).  After our first appeal to Marist, they awarded $10,000  in grants which are also renewable each year.  As we get closer to May 1st, I plan to try to get more aid from them.... Your seminar on negotiating financial aid was a big help, and I think that we were successful in getting what we received based on what I learned in your class. I've recommended you to a few co-workers.  - Len L. (Winter 2021)

Just wanted to give you an update. We were very successful [in our financial aid negotiation]!  We emailed the same letter to both Brown and Duke. Brown got back to us in four days with an increase of $2,200.... Duke asked for documentation of our outstanding bills and expenses [related to the care we provide to our extended family]. We emailed those to them and within hours they got back to us and they gave our son another $8,420 in grant money....  Needless to say, we are very happy! Thank you so much for all of your help! - Karen K. (Winter 2019)

our homeschool high school classes & tutoring services:

Francesca teaches with incredible energy and humor.  I couldn’t ask for a better teacher! - Lily S. (Winter 2019)

As a homeschool parent of a high school aged daughter, having Francesca in my corner has been nothing short of a blessing. Francesca’s combination of creativity and high skill level in teaching, along with her compassion and flexibility for her students is a rarity found in today’s world. - Laurie S. (Winter 2019)

Taking a class with Francesca really made me have much more confidence in myself and my writing. She makes you reach out of your comfort zone and do things you would have never thought possible. Francesca made me believe in myself even if I didn't. It is a privilege to take a class with her. Being in her classes over the years has really made me grow into a different person. She is caring and always makes sure to look after each and every student. She is a wonderful teacher, as well as mentor. I am honored to have been taught by her. - Maddy S. (Winter 2019)

​Francesca has been an invaluable resource, both as a teacher and an advisor. My kids have loved her classes. Although we are still in the beginning stages of the college admissions process, her knowledge and experience have been very helpful. - Kim E. (Fall 2018)