Karen Schiavo |   (925) 890-7100  |   karen@schiavo.com

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Karen was a wonderful counselor for my son.  She was insightful, patient and a great cheerleader for him.  Having her as his counselor made the whole college application process less stressful and ultimately very successful for him.  I would highly recommend Karen! Parent – Monte Vista High School


We interviewed other advisors, but when we met Karen we knew we’d found the level of guidance we were looking for. Her expertise in the college admissions process is amazing, but her focus was always on keeping the level of stress as low as possible for our son. Karen’s process is straightforward, easy to follow, and very detailed. Our son is headed to UW in the fall and we couldn’t be happier.  Parent – San Ramon Valley High School


Our daughter was suffering with self-esteem issues because she didn’t have top grades in this very competitive area. Karen’s encouragement made a world of difference in her outlook on life. In fact, she didn’t even want to see our daughter’s transcript on our first meeting. Karen said she wanted to first make our daughter feel good about herself. In the end, our daughter had many good college options and is super excited about her choice. We couldn’t more highly recommend Karen. Parent – Dougherty Valley High School


Karen was fun to work with. She helped me strategize to get the attention of college reps and challenged me to do my very best writing. I applied to nine very competitive colleges so I was worried about the outcome. When I started getting acceptance letters, I understood why Karen was so diligent about keeping me focused on the details. They made all the difference. Student - San Ramon Valley High School


Working with Karen brought so much peace of mind to our family. She shares her knowledge so freely and with so much enthusiasm it's a joy to be with her. My son ended up in a college that fits him perfectly and we think he has a very bright future. We look forward to seeing more of Karen when our daughter gets to 11th grade! Parent - De LaSalle High School


Karen’s professionalism is evident. She has a good grasp of the information needed to guide students appropriately, she easily establishes rapport with students, and she communicates effectively with parents. Her calm demeanor puts people at ease – a useful quality during what can be an anxious time. Karen utilizes a wide variety of resources and works well with her colleagues. She is familiar with the “numbers” and has visited many campuses. This first-hand knowledge helps her advise students confidently. Karen is a strong advocate for students and is willing to go above and beyond to help them. Although she is humble about her abilities, Karen is highly skilled. I look forward to working with her again in the future.  Counselor - Livermore Valley College Prep


Karen is awesome - she's one of the reasons I got into my #1 college choice. She is always positive and encouraging and I really appreciate her advice. Karen helped make my appeal very professional, detailed, and most important - successful. Student -  Livermore, CA


Having Karen work with us has been a godsend (and I've told her this many times!). As any parent knows who has sent their child to college, the process is overwhelming. Karen is highly organized and kept us on track for important deadlines. She is always available to answer questions and educated us on the entire admissions process. We appreciated her attention to all the details, the forms she provides, and her lovely personality has been a joy to work with! Parent -  Livermore, CA


Karen has a wonderful personality that works well with young adults. My son found her to be knowledgeable, professional and caring. I highly recommend Karen to assist in college preparation as well as the interview process.  Parent - Alamo, CA



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