An exciting, Industry specialized, experiential learning, problem-solving, and project-based Student Leadership Program for ambitious High Schoolers to “differentiate” themselves in the Top School/ Ivy League admission process.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – ACTIVITY DETAILS
( DURATION: MINIMUM 6 MONTHS TO 1 YEAR )
i. Assess Ambition, Perspective, Passion, Leadership & Tenacity: 12 hrs.
ii. Teach: System Dynamics, Design-Thinking, Problem Solving, Finance & Law: 10 hrs.
iii. Community: Understanding communities, problems, challenges, and needs: 10 hrs
i. Project Development: Build project, alignment, end-goal, and boundaries: 20 hrs.
ii. Execution: Step-by-Step, Phase-by-phase, and Iteration: 200 hrs.
iii. Industry Mentorship: Continuous feedback and alignment: 30 hrs
i. Community Impact: Solve problems: 20 hrs.
ii. Accolade: Gather accolade, integrate activity, and feedback: 20 hrs.
iii. Recommendations: Packaging everything together: 30 hrs
STUDENT & PARENTS – PLEASE NOTE
MUST-READ: TOP SCHOOL/ IVY LEAGUE ADMISSION PROCESS
Top Schools and Ivy Leagues have an entirely different selection process for students. Everyone has great SAT/ACT and decent grades etc., at the final selection table. The trick is, how are you differentiating yourself?
This is where the best students have the biggest problem! Unfortunately, these brilliant students realize that too late in the game. One needs to start ideally 2-3 years before you submit for “early decision”.
Why? The Top Schools / Ivy Leagues judge you based on your “life experience, impact on the world, and outcomes.”
If you only have grades and SAT/ACT, you will need the Altus Education Student Leadership Program to differentiate and substantiate your argument. We just do this piece, and we are exceptional at it.
We strongly suggest you read Allen Cheng’s article on this Prepscholar blog. This is by far the best article ever written on the admission process, which actually inspired the Altus Education program. Link below.
THE STUDENT-PROGRAM FIT
Over the last 3(three years), we have found the three kinds of students who fit the program.
Student 1: They have high SAT(1550+)/ACT(33+) and grades; strong AP classes. Looking to differentiate themselves and pivot into the top 10 schools, from Top 25-50 but dream of the Top 10/ Ivy Leagues. They are like exceptional ambitious Marathon runners!
Student 2: SAT(1400+)/ACT(31+), strong AP classes. They want to build up a strategy for the Top 50-25 or the best State-run school. They are brilliant, not bookish, and know where they want to go but need a coach, and never had that.
Student 3: Low GPA/SAT/ACT, but are absolutely brilliant students. They are rebels and don’t like the education system. They are ambitious, go-getters, they are smart, thoughtful, and know-how to “sprint” and don’t like running marathons until shown the reason and can think on their feet!
What is consistent among the ones that succeed :
– They are determined and ambitious; they are dreamers. They hate mediocrity.
– They were never coached, unfortunately, about the Ivy League/Top School selection process.
– They are conscious, good-hearted, coachable, and very hard-working people. They honestly want to do something big in life and just need the opportunity and inspiration.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – WHAT DO YOU GET AT THE END OF THIS PROGRAM?
The project is something you develop here. It can range from simple research about a subject that you deeply care about that can positively impact the world, or it can be a highly technical development like building a robot or a high-end software.
This project outlines your mission, purpose, dreams, passion, etc. and why this project can make you unique and standout during the selection/admission process. This is where you learn and gain “life experience”. Put your emotion and heart into it, instead of your mind.
The question to ask is – what makes you unique in your class, school, district, state, etc. Can you substantiate it? That’s exactly what this project does.
It does look intimidating at the start, but Altus : Student Leadership Program helps you every step of the way!
The project is a serious activity. Everything “tangible” revolves with it and around it. Make no mistake, this is your real resume. This is what the Top Schools/ Ivy Leagues look at you as your identity.
Then comes your “life experience.” The building of a project is one part of the equation. The other part is the learning, impact and outcome.
Who did the project help? Did it solve a problem? Who benefited? Did you fail, and how did you succeed? What was your learning? Was it genuine? Who can validate the impact?
Make no mistake – admissions officers can clearly understand “fake” projects. If you don’t do this project from the depth of your heart and passion you will be eliminated.
Altus: Student Leadership Program coaches you to achieve these. We will inspire you to achieve it.
Recommendations matter a lot! In fact, admission officers check recommendations very thoroughly. On top of it, recommendations cannot be one-liners or even a scribbled one-pager.
Why? The answer is “Authenticity”!
At Altus, you will be interacting with Ivy League alumni and Industry people all the time. You will be able to build your reputation, your project value, and the impact you create will speak loudly.
This process will not only make you confident. The industry connections will help you while you are in school, for internships, and jobs when you graduate.
Let your work and your own heart/passion speak; you will see the change inside you to be a leader of the future! Think big and long term.
At Altus, we coach you and pave the roads for you to succeed and lead!
THE “WHY” BEHIND BUILDING ALTUS EDUCATION
2020. The world just changed right in front of our eyes. The old rules, structures, and systems are all changing rapidly and in flux. The stock market is at it’s highest when millions have claimed unemployment. When millions of small businesses were wiped out, the rich became a couple of billions richer. Now add the change in societal structures, Industry, Technology, mindset shifts, and uncertainty.
We all are in a state of paradox! A New World with a new set of rules is being written.
Today’s “High Schoolers” will have to prepare for unprecedented change and adaptability to navigate through the “traditional old” to the “emerging new”. They will require an entirely different set of skills, education, life experience, values, and leadership to “rise higher” from the traditional.
Altus – Latin for “to rise higher, to elevate, to differentiate”
Altus Education is a revolutionary top college preparation education program for student leaders who want to rise above the paradox. Not only is a Top School education a must, but Entrepreneurial skills, Industry-focused skills, professional connections, hands-on projects, and problem-solving experience that creates impact along with financial literacy and law is a mandate for the new world.
If you are a dreamer, mover, shaker, and have a strong discipline to make your dreams a reality – the unique Altus Education model will get you there. This program is best for those students, who think big and want to make a big difference in the world.
“WHY” ALTUS EDUCATION IS ALIGNED WITH HOW TOP SCHOOLS THINK
Top schools like MIT succeed because they focus on the right culture. The picture above shows exactly how they define “culture,” which ultimately defines how they select students, teach them, build and shape them. The more successful the student, the more successful it is MIT. Period!
A student can clearly observe the paradox between the High School Education System and MIT’s culture. A good GPA is a pre-requisite but will never get you there to these Top Schools / Ivy Leagues. They look for genuine people with life experience, credentials, and courage.
Most ambitious and meritorious students typically have all the qualities to get into the Top Schools. What they lack is a structured and methodical way to build and align their life experience with what Top Schools want.
Take a look at the MIT culture snap above. Take a moment and check – which criteria apply to who you are and what you have achieved so far? Can you also substantiate the impact/outcomes with evidence and action? Do you have the recommendations to back it up?
Altus is about building the next phase of conscious education for high school students. Traditional education systems and structures cannot and will never provide because of boundaries, rules, and limits imposed on student imagination.
Altus is unconventional. We connect and align – who students are, what dreams they have, their college of choice, and what they aspire to be in the industry of the future into a “Hands-on” project-based learning model to expand their imagination, solve problems, create real impact through their creativity in this world, get the recommendations and build professional networks needed to get into the top schools and careers, be entrepreneurial and be financially free. We focus on a bigger continuum – Life!
“WHY” STUDENTS NEED TO BELIEVE IN A NEW MODEL?
Do you have a strong determination to succeed? Are you disciplined? Are you a dreamer? Are you willing to work hard for it? Are you willing to be impactful? Are you coachable? Are you willing to follow your heart? Are you willing to be a leader, and who is financially free? Do you want to change the world, build a better tomorrow? It starts with YOU and your WHY!
The BIG question is – are you willing to rise “higher”? It starts there! It’s about your heart, mind, and guts. Be different! Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were different and unconventional! They had a strong WHY and BELIEVED in it.
If there is one reason, yes, just one reason why student leaders need to believe in us is – we fit into the student instead of the student fitting into us.
That’s what makes us unique, and that’s exactly why our coaching process is so unconventional and eventually drives results. Even if you cannot pivot into the college of your dreams, you will win the bigger game of life. You will be part of our alumni program, and we will coach you to succeed in life even when you are employed. This is a program for life!