Holistic Academic Coaching to Help Your Teen
Become Unstoppable in School and Life!
Middle School | High School | College
Academy for Independence is a private practice founded by Dr. Kimberly Schehrer. We are passionately dedicated to empowering students to thrive in school and beyond. We also support parents in their challenges with raising their teens to become accountable, confident, resilient and critical thinkers who can manage life in spite of adversity. We subscribe to a simple, three-step approach.
Step One: Cognitive Assessment
Every student takes an online, scientifically proven cognitive assessment. The assessment was developed by neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania. It is used by leading institutions around the world, including NASA.
The online assessment determines strengths, and areas to be improved upon, in complex reasoning skills, working memory, flexibility in thinking, and processing speed. In other words, an in-depth overview of how your teen learns best and where they may have gaps.
Wondering if the SAT or the ACT is the most advantageous for your teen to take? Their results from the assessment will determine the test that is most suitable for your them to maximize their score.
The cognitive assessment can be taken independent of any academic or life coaching program.
The results are shared with parents and a learning profile in addition to strategies will be discussed with parents and the student.
Step Two: Academic Coaching
Based upon the results of the assessment, a customized learning plan will be developed. The personalized plan will incorporate cutting-edge skills and strategies to maximize learning with less effort.
Graduates of our 1:1 academic coaching have developed greater self-awareness so that they can regulate emotions, reframe negative thoughts, identify and achieve their personal and academic goals based upon their values and interests, which increases motivation. They have also created more opportunities for success and improved their executive functions for college readiness. For college students, they have achieved the above in addition to gaining a competitive advantage while in college and many have continued with graduate school.
There is a minimum commitment of 3 months of weekly 50-minute 1:1 sessions and includes weekly email updates to parents, keeping the student’s confidentiality in mind, and unlimited parent support calls with Dr. Kimberly while the student is enrolled in the coaching program.
Step Three: Counseling and Additional Resources
Every student is unique. Many students feel comfortable discussing vulnerable topics as we work with them academically. We provide counseling and mindset training with a cognitive-behavioral approach as the situation warrants. We are your student’s professional ally.
Even though we support parents, teens are often more open to sharing sensitive information and listening to a professional more than they are open to listening to their parents. Having professional guidance for students and parents, frustration and conflict are often decreased and peace of mind is restored.
Please keep in mind that depending on the circumstances, some students need additional support with a tutor, therapy, medication, a psycho-educational assessment, accommodations or an advocate at school meetings.
If your student presents a situation beyond our scope, we have a list of recommended professionals and resources to steer you and your student in the right direction without overwhelm. We collaborate with some of the best professionals in their respective fields.
We are dedicated to tailoring our services and recommendations to you and your teen.
Real Results for Your Pre-Teen or Teen
According to the American Psychological Association,*Research has shown that when teens who have higher levels of self-esteem are less likely to suffer from depression,eating disorders, and risk-taking behaviors.. They are also less likely to be negatively influenced by peers to indulge in unhealthy behaviors, such as drinking, drugs, promiscuity, and cutting.
The American Psychological Association notes that resilient teens are more emotionally aware and express greater impulse control. They have a more open and flexible mindset and exhibit self-confidence. Resilient teens are less likely to succumb to mental and emotional disorders, such as depression and anxiety, illness due to stress, and poor academic performance.
Research indicates that teens with a sense of responsibility in their choices and actions are less likely to give up on attaining their dreams and goals, blame authority figures, and become entitled. Additionally, accountable teens tend to be dependable, honest with themselves and others, and more forgiving of mistakes.
Results Others are Getting!
I attribute a great part of his mood to you, Kimberly because he's dealing with his feelings and thoughts in a new way that conventional therapy never did for him. It's making sense for him now.