Camp College Prep

A four-session seminar designed to support high school Sophomores and Juniors pursuing college admission

Camp College Prep combines SAT/ACT preparation, one-on-one college counseling, college essay writing, and the creation of a personal timetable to help high school students better understand and better prepare for the highly competitive college admissions process.


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Dates & Location

Seminar Dates

Week 1: July 8 – 11
Session I: 8:30am – 12pm
Session II: 1pm – 4:30pm

Week 2: July 22 – 25
Session III: 8:30am – 12pm


Nazareth College, Pittsford, NY.
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By the end of Day Four, students will...


...write a college admissions essay


...attend 7 SAT/ACT preparation sessions


...create an activity resume


...develop a personal timeline for the admissions process

About Our Instructors

John Baynes

John Baynes taught English at Fairport High School and Our Lady of Mercy High School and has worked as a consultant preparing students for the PSAT/SAT/ACT for over 35 years. John was recognized as the Fairport Central Schools Phoebe Hearst Teacher of the Year and was named the University of Rochester Distinguished Teacher for Fairport Schools. John and his wife, Patricia have three children, each a National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist and a high school valedictorian.His younger daughter graduated from Harvard University, his older daughter graduated from Harvard Law School, and his son graduated from Yale University. John currently serves on the Monroe County Legislature.

John Serafine

John Serafine, Principal at McQuaid Jesuit High School, has over 35 years of college counseling experience. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, with experience as a college athlete and college basketball coach, John has an extensive network in the college admissions field and has presented numerous workshops nationwide on early college planning. John is a recipient of the Fairport Central Schools Crystal Apple Award and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. He also serves as the Chairman of the Rochester National College Fair. John has four children. His older daughter graduated from the University of New Hampshire, his older son graduated from St. John Fisher College, his younger daughter graduated from Siena College and his younger son graduated from Hobart College. John and his wife Julie reside in Pittsford.

“Camp College Prep set me on my way to thoroughly prepare for college admissions. Mr. Serafine and Mr. Baynes are high energy instructors who helped me develop a strategy to improve my SAT scores and write a powerful college essay.”

Findlay Dalton, Freshman, University of Georgia

Schedule of Activities

DAY ONE: Monday (afternoon session times in parentheses)

8:30 (1:00)Welcome, introductions, goal setting
8:50 (1:20)Mock admissions exercise:
"How college admissions decisions are made."
10:10 (2:40)The "College Admissions Game"
10:30 (3:00)An overview of standardized tests (SAT and ACT)
11:00 (3:30)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session I (Evidence-Based Reading)
11:40 (4:10)Writing a powerful college essay - Session I

DAY TWO: Tuesday

8:30 (1:00)Analysis and completion of common application:
"How to market yourself"
9:00 (1:30)Creating a comprehensive activity resume
9:30 (2:00)Getting the most out of a college visit
9:50 (2:20)Mock Interviews
10:30 (3:00)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session II (Math)
11:15 (3:45)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session III (Grammar Rules)
11:45 (4:15)Writing a powerful college essay - Session II

DAY THREE: Wednesday

8:30 (1:00)Using the Internet:
The electronic college/scholarship search process
9:15 (1:45)Presentation by Director of Admissions from Nazareth College:
"What do colleges look at; what do they want?"
10:00 (2:30)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session IV (Writing Skills)
10:45 (3:15)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session V (Math)
11:30 (4:00)Writing a powerful college essay - Session III

DAY FOUR: Thursday

8:30 (1:00)A college admissions vocabulary lesson
(early decision, early action, rolling admissions, etc.)
8:50 (1:20)An overview of the financial aid system
(scholarships, grants, loans, etc.)
9:15 (1:45)Factors to consider when choosing a college
9:30 (2:00)101 issues you might run into in college:
Question and Answer Session
10:15 (2:45)"How to do college"
Time management and study skills
10:45 (3:15)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session VI (Essay Writing/Grammar Skills)
11:15 (3:45)SAT/ACT Preparation - Session VII (Test Taking Tips/Strategies)
11:45 (4:15)Sharing college essays, evaluations

“Camp College Prep showed me how the college admissions process really works and helped me to present myself in a favorable manner to college admissions officers. The time spent on SAT preparation was invaluable.”

Oreo Welch, Junior, Dartmouth College

Curriculum and Fees

Camp FEE


Maximum of 25 students
per session

Registration is on a
first-come basis

A $175 Deposit will hold a spot until one week prior to the session when full payment will be due.

The following topics will be covered

Daily instruction on preparation for the SAT and ACT
How to write a powerful college essay
College admissions timetable
How college admissions decisions are made
Factors to consider when choosing a college
How to successfully “market” yourself to colleges
How to develop a successful college application
Getting the most out of a college visit
Using the internet: the electronic college search
How to create an effective activity resume
How to search for scholarships


    Contact Us

    Phone: (585) 330-0103