Select TV Interviews 2015-2019
Saved more than we spent! We met Pamela Donnelly at a group presentation sponsored by Valley Prep Tutoring during our son’s freshman year of high school. We were so impressed with her program, support options, (and her!) that we enrolled right away. Such a worthwhile investment in our son’s future–college isn’t cheap, but with the right support what we invested on the front end has come back to us many times over in merit-based financial aid. Pamela helped him select classes throughout his 4 years, offered guidance on strategic extracurricular activities, and provided options for the summers, too. We took advantage of her team’s excellent in-home tutoring with many of his AP and Honors courses. Once struggling when he started high school, our son ended up on the Honor Roll with a 4.2 GPA, with 4s and 5s on his AP exams! During his junior year we did SAT prep with Valley Prep, also–they do it all, which made this easy for my husband and me. It helped that the office checked in with us every two weeks without fail. He took the SAT in December of that year and gained 300 points thanks to the tutoring. And then that Spring we started the college application process. Well, good thing we had Pamela in our corner. She guided us through the process, showing us where to access academic scholarship opportunities and how to narrow down the field of schools to a handful of excellent options. She helped with all of his essays so that his applications were a cohesive presentation around his intended area of study–not just random answers to the prompts. What could have been a brutal Summer and Fall for us was an absolute breeze thanks to Pamela. Our son FINISHED all of his applications by the end of August and we waited to submit on October 1st. Even his guidance counselor wasn’t prepared at that point, and we attend a pricey private school. Bottom line: Because of Pamela Donnelly and Valley Prep Tutoring, our son is going to a terrific college with significant financial incentives. We are so grateful for her assistance throughout these four years and would not be where we are today without her. Pamela is a smart, kind, funny, detail-oriented professional who KNOWS HER STUFF She and her staff are the real deal, and we cannot thank her enough.
I met Pamela at her College Quest presentation when my oldest daughter was just finishing eighth grade. College search wasn’t really on our minds yet; however, we wanted to help our daughter manage her high school experience so that she would be well positioned for whatever colleges she wanted to apply to later. Pamela’s initial presentation had so many worthwhile bits of information that helped us plan high school course selection, as well as how to weave the narrative of her extracurricular activities in a meaningful way.
I reconnected with Pamela midway through my daughter’s high school career, though we had moved out of state, and I wasn’t sure how the process of partnering with her would work remotely. Pamela assured me that she and her tutoring staff had experience working with students over Zoom. This was pre-pandemic – before we were all Zoom experts. I have to say the process worked very smoothly. As our daughter was was starting to take the SAT and think about types of schools, majors, etc., we enlisted Pamela to help navigate the entire process. From SAT prep tutoring to college search to support with application essay editing, Pamela and her team at Valley Prep Tutoring were a huge support.
The college application process can be both daunting and stressful for teens and their families. Pamela’s breadth of experience and guidance helped us focus on what was most important, and enabled my daughter to present herself on her applications in the most effective way. Through Valley Prep Tutoring she went into the application process with a 1430 on het SAT. She received multiple college acceptances along with scholarship offers. Ultimately she was admitted to her first choice school, Cornell.
Our sophomore is about to start working with Pamela. We trust Pamela’s ability to help each student navigate their individual path, find the best fit schools and strategically address areas for improvement. We are looking forward to partnering with Pamela and Valley Prep Tutoring again on this process!
After the first meeting with Pamela my daughter and I learned so much in a short time. The college application process felt less ambiguous and we had become more confident in our ability to navigate it. My daughter was satisfied and proud of her essays. She was also able to more clearly define what she wants in a college and compare the options, taking into account some of the criteria Pamela taught. When it comes time to consider the path she will take for graduate school, she is now aware of the strategizing involved in making her goals be achieved. Pamela’s kind disposition also built up confidence in my daughter that we are forever grateful for. She helped her find her voice and have confidence not only behind her words but in herself. We are anxiously awaiting college decisions. We are excited to say that thanks to Pamela we have already heard back from one college and my daughter has been awarded 105k in merit over 4 years! Thank you Pamela for your help and guidance!!!
5 weeks ago Valley Prep provided invaluable services to my senior in creating a college list and providing tutoring for the college essay. I appreciate the professionalism and focus of Pamela and her tutors. Anasheh was wonderful with tutoring and remained available through the application process for questions from my child. She’s 2 out of 4 acceptances so far. We couldn’t be more pleased with the Valley Prep experience. Anasheh is now tutoring my sophomore. She is wonderful and is guiding him through deeper thinking and written communication.
5 weeks ago We worked with Pam for our sons and were extremely pleased with her help. She was very helpful in guiding our boys through the college selection process. She thoroughly reviewed the essays the boys wrote, challenged them to think deeper and provided useful tips to help bring out their true voices. Pam’s help was invaluable in getting our boys to their first choice colleges.
6 weeks ago Pamela and her team have been wonderful helping my daughter through the preparation of the college application process. Especially with the rapidly changing environment due to Covid, having Pamela to guide us through it has been amazing. From guidance and advice for how to apply and where to apply to reviewing essays, recommendations and communication strategies, Valley Prep’s expertise and connections are extremely valuable. Highly recommend, especially when your child wants to get into competitive schools or programs.