Virtual College Preparatory Program- 2021

Virtual College Preparatory Program – 2021

  • Students who desire developing increased knowledge about how to successfully engage in online courses, which includes useful skills, strategies, and improved confidence.
  • Students seeking effective ways to self-advocate and collaborate with key departments on campus, such as, professors/instructors, advising, tutoring, as well as peers via distance learning platforms.
  • Students who do not live in close proximity to Boulder, CO, which includes students in the greater U.S. and other countries.
  • Teens or young adults 16+ (juniors or seniors in high school)
  • Young adults who are preparing to attend college for the first time.
  •  Prior unsuccessful attempts attending college.
  •  Students who have executive function difficulties, like ADHD
  •  Students who struggle with social skills or have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Communication Disorder
  • Specific learning differences.
  • Students with mental health factors that impact motivation, such as anxiety and depression.

Each student will be individually assessed by our Clinical Director of Academic Services and an action plan will be developed based on their identified goals, and areas of strengths and challenges. Individual assessments with clients and parents will occur by videoconferencing.

College Level Instruction

  • Students will engage in a live-stream, digital learning classroom using university-level curriculum led by a professor with experience as an educator at the college-level. In addition to lectures, students will participate in:
    • Recitation/Laboratory virtual instruction that will take a hands-on approach to the material presented in lectures.

One-to-One Virtual EF Coaching

  • These sessions are held on videoconferencing software and will include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating summer session goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART), with a focus on improving executive function skills, like organization, planning, time-management, initiation and following-through.
  • Learning to create a weekly schedule that integrates important due dates/projects into a calendar as well as studying, exercise/physical outlets, social/group commitments, entertainment, etc.
  • Developing a favorable life management routine that includes a good sleep routine, diet, limiting or abstaining from using substances, as well as practicing responsible digital media use.
  • Examining ways to improve ability to cope with criticism and increase motivation and ‘grit’; Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset.
  • Each week an executive function process will be the focus in individual coaching meetings and the classroom:
    • Week One – Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
    • Week Two – Organization/Time Management
    • Week Three – Goal Setting
    • Week Four – Prioritization
    • Week Five – Focus
    • Week Six – Self-Regulation
    • Week Seven – Cognitive Flexibility
    • Week Eight – Memory

Virtual Office Hours

  • The professor will offer office hours weekly to students seeking one-to-one collaboration with the professor. This is also an opportunity to work on self-advocacy abilities and develop confidence when talking to a professor.

Virtual Writing Lab

  • Students will have the opportunity to meet virtually with the writing tutor weekly to work on preparing for and successfully completing relevant papers and writing assignments.
  • Students will be supported by their coach to sign up to meet with the writing tutor on a regular basis. Coaches can also assist their students to utilize the writing centers or tutors near them.
  • The writing tutor will utilize videoconferencing and screen share software to assist students with writing assignments and techniques.

Writing Lab hours will be announced during the first week of classes.

Our coaches will provide three videoconference meetings with student’s parent(s) to discuss short and long-term goal attainment, progress in the CCS summer course, and other items identified by students and parents.

Program Review & Recommendation Meeting

  • This meeting occurs after the course is completed through videoconferencing software.
    • To include the student, parent(s), executive function coach and professor.
    • The student and parents will be provided with a summary of the student’s performance in the class and program as a whole.
    • Recommendations for next steps will occur, which includes the areas of; Academics/engagement in further college courses, supporting executive function development, resources to engage in for success, and more

Parent Informational Sessions
Parents are strongly recommended to attend three live-streamed, interactive, one-hour informational sessions facilitated by Dr. Nicole Hipp, Clinical Director of Academic Services at CCS.

  • Introduction to Executive Function (EF) Skills and Mindset
    • Review key executive function processes
    • Discuss brain science, motivation and academic success.
    • Review “Mindset” & approaches to facilitate a Growth Mindset.
  • How to Support Your Student’s Executive Functioning; What to Do and Not Do:
    • Accountability vs Enabling
    • Become aware of your EF strengths and struggles and how this influences your parenting style.
    • Digital Media Use & Academic Success
  • What Comes Next? ***Please note, this seminar will be offered according to age group and current academic goals and need.
    • Empowering Your Student to Succeed in Higher Education.
      • Tips & strategies to implement while your child is completing high school.
      • Tips & Strategies to implement to support your student to confidently embrace their college experience.
    • Living at home while attending college versus living independently
      • Attending courses on campus
      • Engaging in virtual classrooms/online learning
    • What is your role in their success?
  • Tailored curriculum specifically designed to prepare students for Psychology 101 or to take the Credit-by-examination program test (CLEP).
  • Please consult your university or college to determine if they accept CLEP credit.
  • The chance to engage in online college-level coursework.
  • Prepares students for virtual and distance learning coursework at the college level. 
  • Our expert team will assess for college preparedness in academic, social, emotional and functional domains and make recommendations to support success.
  • Prepares students that are college-bound with skills for academic success as well as support to explore resources at their university of choice.

Dr. Nicole Hipp, PsyD
Director of Academic Services

Dr. Nicole Hipp is a licensed psychologist and the director of academic services as well as the college preparatory program at CCS. Dr. Hipp initially began participating in the summer program as an executive function coach and eventually became the professor of the program during the summer of 2018. Dr. Hipp has background as a college professor in psychology, as well as extensive and current experience assessing learning differences and cognitive challenges in high school and college students.

Daniel Hipp, Ph.D. 
Professor of CCS Summer Program

Professor Daniel Hipp is a developmental cognitive psychologist by trade, receiving his Ph.D. in cognitive and brain sciences from Binghamton University in 2015. Dr. Hipp has taught psychology courses from the introductory to upper division levels at top universities including University of Denver and Binghamton University. His teaching style emphasizes integrating disciplines to achieve a fuller scientific understanding as well as meeting individual student needs. He has also worked as a research scientist in medical, educational, developmental and clinical fields. Dr. Hipp is a proud parent, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, avid snowboarder and lifelong learner.

Beth Arnold

Beth Arnold has been employed by Boulder Valley Schools for forty years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado. She has taught or tutored young people of all levels, from pre-kindergarten through college. Beth’s hope is to help students hone strategies and skills they will need to be successful with life-long learning.

Meet our Coaching Team

As COVID-19 impacts our clients daily lives, we are providing virtual academic coaching & mental health support. We are currently accepting new clients.