An exclusive opportunity to work with Danny

9th, 10th, & 11th Grade Families:


Would you like to save time, reduce stress, and increase your college opportunities? 

For the first time ever, Danny is offering an exclusive opportunity for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to work with him personally online as he walks them through how to succeed in high school and discover/pursue passions that will help them get accepted into top colleges. This is the exact same work he does with his 1-1 clients for a fraction of the cost!

"Honestly, I wish Danny could just move into my house! He is so relatable and funny. I appreciate that he approaches school and admissions from a balanced point of view. His strategies about how to be authentic and tell unique stories really resonated with my daughter and me." 

Tracy Saltzman, Supermom

“Danny encouraged me to not only write but also to submit my novel to a book agent, which eventually helped me get published during my senior year and then get into Stanford. I really appreciated his support and adviceI​"

—  Katherine Ewell, Author of the

     novel Dear Killer

"I barely know my high school counselor, so Danny made me feel a lot more confident. I am glad I got to work with Danny because he taught me so many things I never would have known if I had just tried to do it on my own. Now I feel much more prepared."

Shawn, Student

Have your child get coached through how to succeed (and enjoy) high school

And preserve your relationship at the same time!

Every week for 6 weeks, your child can be a part of a select group of students who will join Danny online as he helps them learn how to get better grades in less time, improve their academic self-confidence (and decrease anxiety), and get them to think BIG in order to discover and pursue their passions. 

With lots of stories, terrible jokes, and real world examples, Danny will both educate and inspire so students will leave each session feeling confident and excited about succeeding in high school and going on to college. Of course, since the sessions are live online, students can (and should) ask questions so Danny can individualize each session.

Students will get specific to-do items to complete after each session, which will ensure students will know what to focus on.

Below are the main topics Danny will cover over the course of the program:

Master Reading

& Notetaking

Become a Genius Test Taker

Write Essays the Easy Way

How are students supposed to know how to effectively read and take notes when they've never been taught? Danny will show students proven techniques that help them learn and retain information more quickly both in and out of the classroom (and ones they will actually use)!

How frustrating is it when a student really studies for a test and then doesn't do well? While in college, Danny discovered some amazing methods to reduce anxiety and study more effectively, and he loves nothing more than to teach them to students. 

How many English teachers really teach how to write effective essays? Unfortunately, Danny has seen very few, which is why one of his favorite things to do is teach students a simple system designed to help them more easily get ideas onto a page and write strong essays in half the time. 

Find activities

you love

Dream Big and Get

Big Results

Make a plan that really works

How do students stand out among other college applicants? How can students discover activities that truly interest them? Danny will walk participants through a series of steps designed to get them excited about the amazing possibilities and then go find opportunities they can pursue no matter how old they are!

How do people accomplish extraordinary things in life? First, they dream big and remove limitations from their thinking about what is possible in their lives. Whether it is writing a book, starting a business, or simply getting an awesome internship, Danny will show students how to think outside the box and how to think Big and pursue amazing opportunities. 

How are students supposed to pursue interesting outside interests with homework, sports, theater, etc. taking up so much time? Danny will teach students how to make a plan that allows them to do cool things while still keeping sane. Most importantly, Danny will show students how to hold themselves accountable and reach the goals they set. 

Just Some of the Colleges Danny's Students Attend:

Who Should Enroll?

If you want to help your child craft college applications that genuinely

reflect who they are, this program is for your family. 
Our ideal students fall into one of these categories:


Students who want to attend selective colleges

Whether your child wants to go to Stanford or the University of Michigan, the class will help your child create applications that stand out. Students will also do in-depth research with me so they can not only determine the best match for them, but they can also show the admissions officers just why they want to attend. In fact, I coach students in how to contact admissions officers to make sure they develop good relationships!


Athletes who are looking to get recruited

For students who look to be recruited, they should know that many coaches want athletes to submit their applications for early review. This means that athletes should start NOW, and it is very important that their applications are well done to make sure the admissions office agrees with the coach. I will specifically talk to athletes about how to show many sides of themselves beyond sports to give them the most opportunities.


Art, music, & drama students who want pursue their craft

Some artistically-minded students want to attend a conservatory program, while others just want to major in their craft, while even others also want outside academic programs beyond art. For all of these students they will typically need to write "artist statements" and either audition or create a portfolio. During the class, I talk directly to artists about how to make sure their applications support their talent. 

Who is Danny Ruderman?

Danny Ruderman is nationally recognized as one of America’s premier college counselors. After being the first from his family to attend college and only the 3rd 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.

“It's wonderful people like you, who keep the integrity and build the character of future generations..” 

—  Ivan B, Parent

"I just wanted to say thank you for what you did for me. Most of all, my gratitude is for helping me understand that I didn’t need to get into an Ivy League school to flourish and achieve my highest potential in life."

 Ethan W, Student

"Thank you for being the most awesome college counselor out there!"​

— Michele K, Parent

“Danny! You are a badass, can’t thank you enough for helping me get into my top choice!"

​—  Ryan K., Student

"It was your focus on integrity and helping kids find what they’re interested in that most attracted us to you...we agree with you that happiness and feeling a sense of purpose is driven by doing something you love." 

—  Nicole L, Parent

“Thank you for all that you do.

My daughter is really enjoying her experience working with you and we feel so lucky to have you in her corner."​

—  Lori W, Parent

When Does the Class Start?

4 Weeks Long / 2 Sessions Per Week = 8 Sessions

Students can choose and mix

Session 1 Each Week

Mon 4:30-5:30 pm PST or Sat 2:00-3:00 pm PST


Session 2 Each Week

Wed 4:30-5:30 pm PST or Sun 2:00-3:00 pm PST

Upcoming Class Dates

JULY 29 - AUGUST 19, 2019

AUGUST 26 - AUGUST 16, 2019



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