Testimonials

I am happy to connect you with former and current clients, including families listed below, for references.

Parent & Student Comments:
Partial List of Acceptance Schools

"Your help with everything has been extraordinary. Your ability to convey what matters in a way she can understand and also in a way that she found fun and reduced her anxiety was all a godsend. She feels more prepared and less stressed heading into high school (to the one she wanted thanks to you too!) as a result." 

-- Rachel P, parent in San Francisco

 

The help you have given our daughter with her high school application essays is invaluable. You not only helped her reflect on her experiences in new ways, you also helped her to find her voice…something that will stay with her throughout her educational years and beyond. In addition, as a parent, it was a huge gift to be able to step back from the essay writing process and allow you to develop the topics with our daughter in fresh and unique ways. The process is challenging, but your work with Coco made it worthwhile!"

-- Nicole L, parent in San Francisco 

 

You've been a guardian angel for our family and I am so appreciative in the way you've worked with Bryce and nurtured his potential. I know we're not supposed to put too much weight on these scores, but as an applicant from another city from a new school, this will be super helpful.

-- Vanessa A, parent in NYC

 

We have heard from SO many teachers and coaches about Bryce’s POTENTIAL but you are honestly one of the first people I have seen systematically teach him how to realize that potential. It is frustrating to hear about his potential all the time but then teachers act like it’s just up to him to press some button to turn it on. Because I was around while you two were working together, I got to witness your patience with him, your dedication and your adaptability. Many teachers have told Bryce he needs to slow down but you are the first person to actually instruct him how to slow down. I believe that what you have taught him will have profound repercussions across the board in his school work. We cannot thank you enough for this breakthrough experience.  

-- Vanessa A, parent in NYC

"When I was applying to colleges, I was confident in most facets of my application, but the area I had the most trouble with was the essays. Applying to multiple different schools, I had to write a number of essays, and Kazz coached me to take the concepts I had and turn them into essays I was proud of!"

-- Sam N, matriculated at 1st choice university: WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Worcester, MA

"In her lessons, Kazz provides concrete, memorable strategies for improving performance on the SSAT. Her depth of experience is evident in her advice, and she often illustrates her point with an engaging anecdote. My students have benefitted significantly from Kazz's instruction, not only in their scores, which have risen steadily over time, but more importantly in their confidence, stamina, and attitude. Kazz has brought the level of stress about the SSAT way, way down!"

--Stephen L, teacher in San Francisco ​

"Kazz gets it on every level. She is educated, informed, experienced, compassionate and extraordinarily intelligent. She navigates with grace as she is equipped with the ability to see and predict life three steps ahead of the moment we are in. And she does it with charm, wisdom, and humor."

--Annie M, parent in San Francisco

"Neven absolutely adores your teaching style: competence and delivery. He finds it funny, smooth, intelligent and again wildly entertaining, 'because she is just a happy and smart person.' Lucky kids. And having done it once with our older kid, this kind of teaching is very hard to find. It requires specific talent on top of the knowledge."

--Nina L, parent, and Neven L, student in San Francisco

"I learned more from you this summer than I did in two years of middle school Spanish. And I was in the advanced class!"

--Nora, student in San Francisco

"Kazz helped me study for the SSATs in a fun but super productive way. And she helped me find, apply to, and get into the perfect high school for me, one that I hadn't even thought of looking at before."

--Ginger T, student in San Francisco

PARTIAL LIST OF SCHOOLS where students that I've counseled  and/or tutored have been accepted:

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES:

American University

Bard College

Boston College

Boston University

Cal Poly SLO

Case Western

Columbia University

Columbia University/Science Po (Dual Degree)

Dickinson College

Georgetown University

George Washington University

Gettysburg College

Harvard University

Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins University

The King's College (full merit scholarship)

Lafayette College

Lewis & Clark College ($36,000 merit scholarship)

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke

New York University

Northeastern University

Occidental College

Princeton University

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Sarah Lawrence College

Science Po/Columbia University (Dual Degree)

Scripps College

Skidmore College

Stanford University

SUNY Binghamton

Syracuse University

Trinity University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Davis, SB, SC, SD +

University of Colorado, Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Miami ($100,000 merit scholarship)

University of Michigan

University of Oregon

University of Rhode Island

University of Richmond (Presidential Merit Scholarship)

University of Rochester (with $10k annual research stipend)

University of San Francisco

University of Vermont (Merit Scholarship)

University of Washington

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whitman College

William & Mary (competitive joint degree program)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

...and other elite/competitive private and public US schools

McGill University, Canada

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

University of Cambridge, UK

University of Edinburgh, UK

University of Leeds, UK

University of St. Andrews, UK

University of Sheffield, UK

...and other elite UK & European schools

For the pandemic/post-pandemic cohorts alone

-- by far the most competitive admissions cycles in history:

HS class 2021, College class 2025

Cal Poly SLO

Columbia University

Georgetown University

George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University

The King's College (full merit scholarship)

Northeastern University

Santa Clara University

Stanford University

Trinity University

University of California, Davis, SC

University of Richmond (Presidential Merit Scholarship)

University of San Francisco

Whitman College

William & Mary (competitive joint degree program)

University of Edinburgh, UK

University of St. Andrews, UK

University of Sheffield, UK

HS class 2022, College class 2026

American University

Bard College

Boston College

Boston University

Case Western

Columbia University/Science Po (Dual Degree)

Dickinson College

Gettysburg College

Ithaca College

Lafayette College

McGill University

Middlebury College

Northeastern University

Occidental College

Sarah Lawrence College

Science Po/Columbia University (Dual Degree)

Scripps College

Skidmore College

SUNY Binghamton

Syracuse University

Trinity College, Dublin Ireland

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami ($100k merit scholarship)

University of Richmond

University of Rochester ($10k/year research stipend)

University of Texas, Austin

University of Vermont (with merit scholarship)

University of Washington

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

University of St. Andrews, UK

HIGH SCHOOLS, BAY AREA:

The Bay School of San Francisco

Branson

College Prep HS

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Crystal Spring 

Drew School

International High School of San Francisco

Jewish Community High School

Lick-Wilmerding

Lowell (when it was still a test-in)

Marin Academy

The Marin School

Nueva

(Archbishop) Riordan 

Ruth Asawa High School of the Arts

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

Saint Ignatius

San Domenico

San Francisco Girls High School

San Francisco High School of the Arts

Stuart Hall

The Urban School

(SF) University High School

Waldorf...

HIGH SCHOOLS, OUTSIDE OF BAY AREA:

Berkeley Carroll (Brooklyn)

Cary Academy (Raleigh, NC)

Durham Academy (Durham, NC)

Ecole Massillon (Paris, France)

Friends Seminary (NYC)

The Lawrenceville School (boarding school in Lawrenceville, NJ)

Newton Country Day School (Newton, MA)

Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, MA)

Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn)

Portland Waldorf (Portland, OR)

The Thacher School (boarding school in Ojai, CA)

United National International School (NYC)...

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS:

Collège Rognoni, school for the arts (Paris, France)

Ecole Sainte Catherine (Paris, France)

French American International School (SF)

Jeannine Manuel Bilingual School (Paris, France)

Lycee Francais of San Francisco (SF)

Millennium School (SF)

San Francisco Friends School (SF)

San Francisco Day School (SF)...