Foundational Consulting:
9-11th Grade

Being the oldest in your family as well as first generation, it was tough to maneuver through application essays and interviews without guidance. For both my undergrad and grad school applications, Amy designated time to getting to know me, my achievements, and my interests. With Cortex’s assistance, I was able to gain admission to both my top pick undergrad college as well as my number one optometry school.
— Navi D. / Fremont, CA

Getting admitted to college is only the beginning: too many students lose their way once they reach college. Only Cortex helps build the foundation for long-term success.

With 9-11th grade students, we create a solid foundation for success in high school, college applications, college, and beyond with our unique Foundational Consulting program. The Foundational Consulting program focuses on helping students build outstanding study/productivity habits, unique extracurricular experiences, and self-confidence.

Foundational Consulting


  • Your personal Cortex College Consultant

  • Monthly face-to-face meetings via Skype, or in-person at the Cortex office

  • Ongoing support via email, including support from the Cortex Research Team

  • Guidance throughout Cortex Project and Yearlong Goals

  • Lifetime mentorship

Areas of Focus:

  • Ensuring academic achievement

    • Strategic high school course selection

    • Development of strong study habits

  • Planning for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and AP exams

  • Developing unique and compelling extracurricular activities

  • Fostering personal development, including time management, organization, and leadership skills

Seamless transition to College Admissions Consulting during summer before 12th grade