College Prep, Inc. was founded in 1991 because the conventional tutoring programs available at the time – in temporary facilities with crowded classrooms with students of mixed abilities – appeared to do nothing to help students and parents understand the complex maze of the college admissions process, much less go through it. College Prep began with the intention of serving as a more personal and effective counseling, resource, and tutoring center. Early on, we worked to help our students navigate the educational system, familiarize themselves with the college admissions process, and realize their potential.
From the beginning, the community response to the services we offered – school course selection, test and application strategies, and one-to-one counseling sessions – was tremendous. Parents appreciated our detailed explanations and guidance in a path that seemed at once vital and complex. Informed, they could now better and more confidently guide their children toward their goals. In our standardized test courses, students appreciated the difference as soon as they stepped into our classrooms: we offered smaller classes grouped according to ability for a more effective studying environment. In this setting, students thrived: they had more determination since they now knew how to prepare for the college or university of their choice. They had their goals, and the means to achieve their goals.
College Prep, Inc. attracted students from all high schools in the area Annandale, Bishop O’Connell, Chantilly, Fairfax, Lake Braddock, Langley, McLean, Madeira, Robinson, South County, South Lakes, Thomas Jefferson, Westfield and Woodson. During our busy summer sessions, students came from as far away as Ohio, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and also Korea, Germany, China, Mexico and Bolivia. From our first location in Fairfax, we moved to Chantilly.
Looking back, we can hardly believe that more than twenty five years have gone by. The first students we taught are now our professional equals, graduated from prestigious colleges and universities, attending graduate schools, working as professionals, or also getting married and starting their families. We expect that many more students in the future will follow in their footsteps.