What is your path after high school?



Even though more than 2 million students enroll in college each year, only a small handful attend the Top 100 schools. There are literally thousands of colleges to choose from. Exploration is half the fun! Click on the "See More Photos" box below to see a sample of schools we've toured recently.


College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO

Columbia University
New York, NY


Why Hire A+

Perhaps you really are busy, or your high school counselor has a heavy caseload and can't provide personal attention, or you just need a different (calming!) perspective, some privacy or a sounding board.  You can never go back in time--let A+ help you anticipate.and organize the application process.  

A+ Services

A+ offers customized plans for any stage of a student's academic career including advice on high school work, standardized tests, college search, college applications and college essays. While A+ can't pay for college, we can help you find a reasonable path where your student's academic aspirations intersect with the family's financial considerations.

Who is A+

My name is Allison Henderson and I am an independent college counselor. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UC Davis and a Certificate in College Counseling from UC San Diego. Whether you are Athletic or Academic, fascinated by STEM or STEAM, interested in SLACs or State U, I can help you every step of the way.

How It Works

If you are in San Diego County, I will travel to you. Fret not, using Google Hangout or Skype, or even just a landline, I have worked with clients from Arizona to Zimbabwe (really!). You can hire A+ for one session or purchase a package (most efficient if purchased in 11th grade). Call for details. Read more on the getting started now page.

A+ Tips

There is an abundance of misinformation regarding the college experience. Those people exist who would lead you astray, don't believe their hype! A+ is dedicated to being as objective and accurate as possible. Read the A+ Blog for guidance and advice on the increasingly complex, multi-faceted college admissions experience. Jumpstart your search with our Top Tips page


What if you are unsure about your path after high school? There are still many options to consider: community college, specialty/vocational education, GAP year, online/MOOCs. Call A+ if you could use some help on how to best "hack your education" in this perplexing 21st century.

Read the A+ Blog for guidance>

A+ Blog


Useful News


Watch our video about “How to Choose a College” featuring five popular colleges in San Diego. This six minute video highlights just how different a college experience can be. 


"Colleges That Change Lives" event July 29, 10 am, Hilton in Mission Valley

Common App: Opens Aug 1st! Essay prompts available now

Coalition App: Locker open now! 

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