Early College Planning

It’s never too early to commit to building a meaningful future

Student-centered college success means optimizing authentic growth opportunities

With all the frenetic energy, news in the press, and stressed chatter out there surrounding college, parents come to us understandably concerned that their child may already be behind, may miss an important opportunity to ultimately, later, make the best case to a college admission committee, or may require some kind of “leg up” to get into a “good college.” So it makes perfect sense that we are seeing more and more parents of younger high schoolers reaching out looking for college guidance earlier than ever before.

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Thankfully, there’s some good news for parents concerned about their younger child’s future college prospects and we revel in spreading the optimism! So here it is: What’s good for a young person’s healthy development optimizes the student’s unique intrinsic growth potential … and that is what’s best for a successful college process and outcome.

Our Early College Guidance constitutes a prelude to — the critical building blocks for — the more intensive, college-focused, student-centered work our college planning process takes on in the 11th and 12th grades.

At the core of McMillan Education’s college planning process has always been a deep understanding of adolescent development. Our work with our younger adolescents focuses on using that deep knowledge as a group of highly seasoned educators to promote the student’s best opportunities for meaningful and notable growth across developmental domains. We guide students to intentionally develop their academic and intellectual gifts, their self-knowledge, and the values, passions and interests that will, ultimately, inform the candidate they present to admission committees and the person they present to the world. When students are at their best and making the most of every opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them in meaningful and authentic ways, they naturally create their brightest possible future choices. Being a part of that journey is our great privilege and reward.

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Our Early College Planning Specialties

Athletic Recruiting

As experienced college counselors who are also former collegiate student-athletes, high school and college coaches, McMillan Education offers you this dual expertise in specialized athletic recruiting and college counseling.

Learning Differences

Students with moderate to more significant learning challenges, neurodivergent students, and those who have suffered from TBI or concussions experience the benefits of working with experts in these areas while engaging in our personalized college search process.

The Arts

We help students who embrace a more traditional college experience with a heavy focus on the arts and students committed to an undergraduate degree anc future career dedicated to the arts find the college where they can pursue their passion.

Matriculation List

We’re so proud that our students attend a wide variety of colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, embodying our commitment to our developmental and student-centered process:

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Our College Planning Experts

Don and Sarah McMillan have assembled a team of educators-admissions experts whose collective experience is unparalleled in the field of educational counseling.

Don McMillan, M.A., M.F.A.


Amy Christie, M.A.

Educational Counselor

Kim Chorosiewski, Ed.D., CSCS, CMAA

Chair, Innovation & Athletic Recruiting

Peter Olrich, MBA

Chair, College Planning Practice and Chief Outreach Officer

Bill Southwick, C.A.G.S.

Educational Counselor

Jacquie Magiera, MSW, LCSW

Educational Counselor

Jamie Paul

Educational Counselor

Kelly McAdams, MSW, LICSW

Educational Counselor

Krista Despotovic-Jacobson, M.A.

Educational Counselor

Nanny Noyes, M.Ed.

Educational Counselor

Rachel Leja, M.S.

Educational Counselor

Samantha McMillan New, OTR/L MOT

Educational Counselor

Susanna Beckwith, MALS

Educational Counselor

Tony Lambert, M.A.

Educational Counselor

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Your Child’s Future Begins Here. Establishing the value of learning and curiosity is the first step to helping your child succeed, both in education and in life.