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...DWC has found internships for students in such industries as politics, fashion, medicine, science and computer science... They have a fabulous record for getting kids into their top choices... This is not a "one size fits all" kind of counseling service... They give the kind of attention that school counselors simply are too strapped to provide these days.

R.B. Palo Alto, California
...Most importantly, I am deeply appreciative of the personal growth he [my son] has made working with the Kahns and their entire team... I never would have anticipated the insight and self- awareness our son has gained, as well as his level of confidence and skill at expressing himself...I really appreciate the way Frona and Ted bring together their background in psychology, business and education...

Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein MD
Director, The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center
Spiritual Care Service, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
DWC inspired me to pay attention to what I was interested in - my passions, goals, and dreams... They encouraged me to look at colleges I had not thought of before, and because of this, today I am at a college that meets my academic ability and encompasses my passions and interests.

Miriam von Guggenberg
Menlo-Atherton High School, Menlo Park, CA
Junior, Brandeis University

Frona and her team are a godsend. I would have been completely lost without them. I am a technologist. What do I know about liberal arts colleges?

Philip von Guggenberg, Ph.D., Director of Business Development, SRI International
Parent of a Freshman @ University of California, Berkeley and a Junior @ Brandeis University
DWC changed my outlook... I was not driven in one direction or another, but rather encouraged to take myself places that I wanted to be. I am indebted to DWC for allowing me to discover myself through the process and define it, rather than letting it define me. I am glad that DWC guided me through this path to help me gain the most from the experience.

VM Monte Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
Freshman, University of California, Berkeley

The DWC team managed our son’s college admission process in an extremely professional and strategic way. As full-time working parents, this was a huge relief, and stress-reducer...We also learned a tremendous amount about our son, his interests, strengths and possible career paths.

Joanne Weiss,
Partner & COO, New Schools Venture Fund
Parent of a Freshman @ University of California, Berkeley
Without DWC, I don't know if I could have achieved both of my dreams: spending my senior year of high school in Israel and getting into Columbia University (Barnard College). The DWC team provided invaluable coaching, essay help, and emotional support… while I was in Israel.

Sarah Sleeter
Kehillah High School, Palo Alto, CA
Freshman, Columbia University - Barnard College
I am convinced that Frona Kahn helped my son learn to believe in himself through her own belief in his potential and talents and abilities.

DWC Parent
DWC guided me through the process, but in the end, they always let me and my family decide what to do. DWC to me was a compass, to help me navigate through the confusion and uncertainty that is the college application. Although college counseling may not be for everyone, personally, I am grateful that ?I had DWC to help me through the application process.

Ibuki Kamei
Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
Working with Frona and Ted (DWC) put me on the path to finding the college of my dreams. They helped me discover my uniqueness as a college applicant, and decide what I wanted for my college and career experience. My life would not be the same without them.

Kimia Ghaderi
Rice University, 2012
Violin Performance Shepard School of Music

The DesignWorlds team has over 100 years of combined experience as oustanding educators in early childhood education, K-12, higher education and creative informal & lifelong learning in museums, homes and 21st century global knowledge work environments.

As members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Associate Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), as well as ASCD, California Association for the Gifted, AAAS, World Future Society, and the NMC: New Media Consortium, we are dedicated to maximizing your student's potential for college success—and beyond.

Frona Kahn
President, DesignWorlds for College
Co-Founder - The Learning Company
UC Berkeley

E-mail: frona@designworlds.com

Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D.
President and CEO, DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc. and Chief Learning Officer & Career Coach, DesignWorlds for College, Founding Creative & Executive Director, Bay Area Science Museum/Education Collaboratory and The Mindseum, NMC Fellow, New Media Consortium, CSTS Fellow, Center for Science, Technology & Society, Santa Clara University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Media X @ Stanford University (2007 - 2010).
UC Berkeley

E-mail: ted@designworlds.com

Liz Tadman
Project Manager

Alan Markow
Essay Coach and Interview Strategist


Shannah Markow Whithaus
Essay Coach

Eva Tuschman, M.A.
Essay Coach


Susanne Commisso, M.S., M.A.
Computer Scientist; Science, Computer Science & Gifted Education Advisor (Middle Grades)
University of Colorado at Boulder and Notre Dame de Namur University
E-mail: susanne@designworlds.com

Erin Lilly-Davison

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