These graduates have been accepted into their dream college programs. That’s no accident.

It took hard work, study, a drive to succeed, & most importantly — a plan.

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    Fifth grade is not too soon for you to think about your talents and interests. Knowing your destination helps you navigate your course.

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    Ninth grade schedules are determined in February, not August. A solid set of middle school courses will prepare you for high school success.

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    Because you planned ahead, twelfth grade won't become a frenzy of decision-making, second-guessing, and regrets of missed opportunities. Here's how.

Meet Kay

Kay in her office I am Kay J. Kane, welcome to my website. Middlebridge Educational Planning and Consulting was born seven years ago while I was working at Westwood High School one of Newsweek Magazine’s: Top 100 High Schools (2007 to present). During the eight years I spent as a grade level counselor in this competitive and exemplary learning environment, I began to appreciate my position as a facilitator for transitions.

I have just retired from public education after 31 years of service. After receiving a B.S. from the University of Texas College of Education, I began teaching science in Austin, TX. Over seven years I taught middle school Earth and Life sciences and Biology I and II at the high school level while formulating a plan to become a school counselor. I earned my Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University in 1992.

If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra

I launched this new chapter of my career as a Texas Education Agency grant counselor; a pilot effort that revolutionized the role of school counselors in Texas. From fifth graders to graduating seniors, my experience with a wide variety of families is embodied in the quote from Winston Churchill shown to the right on this page.

Kay, informal I frequently tell students, “Every roadblock you face is placed on purpose when it comes to college admission.” This sounds sad but it is also meant as a challenge to the college bound. I am committed to bringing the idea of an educational plan to parents of students entering middle school, supporting a bridge for transition much sooner than most people care to think about. Working on the post-secondary end of this journey clarified my rationale for why fifth grade is the year to optimize a flexible plan for future education.

I cannot tell you how many parents have said to me, as we look at their ninth grader’s plan for college, “I wish I had known about this (GPA, Rank in Class, AP, SAT etc.) long ago, we would have changed some things during middle school.” My contention is guided planning for the middle school years with an end product of college admission gives families a more manageable time span in which to make decisions i.e.; course selection, financial planning, community service commitments, extra-curricular activity.

More information plus more time yields less anxiety. Put my years of experience school counseling, college planning, curriculum planning and interfacing with current college students, to work for you. Contact me today to get started.

Recommended Books

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    1. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
    2. The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
    3. Jacques Steinberg
    4. This is a book written by an education writer for the New York Times. He had the privilege of shadowing a college admission representative for one year. This is a book filled with insight and surprise that every parent and student should read prior to beginning the college application process.
    1. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
    2. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
    3. Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D.
    4. A colleague of mine presented this book for a "book study" among educators. The result for me was a better understanding of important people in my personal life and a tool to share with parents with introverted children/young adults. Everyone can learn from this read.

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