Confused or intimidated by the boarding school / university admissions process? Stuck on one or more of the following questions?


  • How will schools evaluate my GPA?
  • Which standardized tests should I take?
  • What activities should I be doing?
  • Which school is right for me?
  • Which schools can I get into?
  • Which school can I afford?
  • What are schools looking for?
  • Who should I ask for a recommendation?
  • What should I talk about in my essay?

We understand. It’s not the most straightforward process, AND the goalposts seem to keep moving year after year after year. We can support you every step of the way.


Application Counseling

  • Whether you are applying for boarding schools or university, we can provide end-to-end support for your application.
  • Our support ranges from strategizing about which schools to apply for, to understanding your application’s strengths and weaknesses, and how to highlight and minimize them, respectively.

Essay Counseling

  • The application essay is the most important qualitative component of admissions applications.
  • Our team of published writers helps students identify the best version of themselves and craft essays to reflect this. We support you from ideation and brainstorming all the way to the final draft.

Interview Training

  • Boarding school and college interviews are your opportunity to put the most personal touch on your application.
  • Our interview prep curriculum, based on recruiting practices by boarding school and university admissions as well as elite multi-national companies, methodically prepares you to answer any question you might encounter.


College Application Essays: The application essay is the most important qualitative component of admissions applications, with equal weighting with test scores and academic performance. ​We help students identify the best version of themselves and craft essays based on it.

Boarding School Essays: We also help students with their boarding school application essays. These are not as intense as college essay counseling and don’t take as much time. ​We’ll be focused more on helping students generate ideas for answering the questions creatively.

Parent Statements: Should parents need any editorial or developmental help with the parent statement essays, we’re here to help. ​We can help you find a compelling angle, incorporate telling anecdotes, edit, and proofread.

Student, International School

I got in and mom's crying and dad wants to cancel his meetings to have a celebratory lunch and we're all so happy! I literally cannot figure out the words to express how grateful I am for all of your help. I still can't figure it out so I'll go with a big, all-caps THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I honestly wouldn't have an essay (or any supplements) without you and I can't thank you enough for all of your support.

Student, International School

When I first started working on my common app essay, I quickly realized how difficult writing about myself was. I went in to TA with a pretty bad first draft. Tyler, thankfully, took me in under his wing and sat down with me, and slowly helped me transform my essay into the blooming onion (the best appetizer at Outback Steakhouse) of essays! Tyler showed me how to be passionate through my writing so colleges learned all they could about me without reading my entire life story!

Student, International School

Thinking introspectively can be extremely difficult, because we rarely take the time to do so. Neil and Tokyo Academics not only helped me to look at my own qualities and life, but helped me to gain confidence in my own identity. I truly believe this confidence in self is what was essential to my acceptance to my top choice university.


Be it for schools in Japan or elsewhere, boarding school and college applications can be perplexing. With years of experience and a proven track record of getting students to where they want to be, TA is on hand to help you conquer this difficult process.

Building a College List: Which of the thousands of schools out there is right for you? How would you even know? Let us help you by providing the lastest information and insights garnered from long experience at the world’s leading institutions.

Developing and articulating an ‘x’ factor: What about you stands out? Why would a college or school want you? TA will help you determine which of your skills and activities carries the greatest value in applications, and will work with you to maximize their impact.

Writing a Resume: How long should your resume be? How do you highlight what you’ve done? What do you want to highlight? 

Class Planning: What do colleges expect me to take? What classes will best position me in the application process? What should I be learning and taking away from each class? We can help you understand the overall strategy for class planning and how it fits into the applications process.

Test prep timeline: When should I be taking the SAT/ACT or the SSAT/ISEE? The SAT Subject Tests? The TOEFL? How am I supposed to plan for prepping and taking all of these tests? Tokyo Academics can help you restore order to your life and figure out the game plan. 

Parent, International School

[My son] got a great offer to study at Yale. [My husband] and I are so happy for him! Great achievement. All (or, at least, a great part) thanks to the good work he's done at Tokyo Academics. I will be eternally grateful.

Parent, International School

This was an emotional morning, for sure, and [my child's acceptance to university] was particularly meaningful. Thank you for all your efforts on our behalf! I think she is only now touching on her true potential and all the possibilities and it is very exciting to watch. Your tutelage, mentorship and friendship has made all the difference and we hope this is a relationship that lasts well beyond [high school]!

Student, International School

Thank you so much [Tokyo Academics]! I couldn't have gotten into UPenn without you!

Student, International School

I have been accepted to Columbia University! I am incredibly happy, and am sincerely appreciative of your efforts to help me achieve this goal.

Student, International School

We heard great news today. I moved off the waitlist and have been accepted at the University of Chicago! Thank you so much for your help!

Student, Seisen

Thank you so much for all your help during the college admission process . . . you were extremely helpful when I had 2 days to finish my applications and I was about to give up. I will always be grateful for how much you actually care for us and push us to become better versions of ourselves and try our best.


Do you know how to answer the following questions?

-What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses? What would your friends say about you?

-Why are you interested in our school? How does our school fit into your goals?

-What is the achievement of which you are most proud? Could you tell me about a time when you had to overcome a conflict with someone?

The Boarding School and College Admissions Interview is a hurdle for which most students have never had relevant practice and experience. The best preparation for these interviews is not to guess at what questions might be coming, but to understand yourself and your motivations as well as possible.

Tokyo Academics can support your student in:

-Understanding the point of the interview, and what admissions officers are looking for.

-Interrogating themselves to understand and articulate the ideas and experiences admissions interviewers will be probing for.

-Developing tools and practicing to ensure concise and effective delivery of content.

Student International School

I just wanted to inform you that I got into Exeter ... your support was incredible and I am so, so grateful for your hands-on support and always keeping me motivated at the right time.

Parent, International School

[My son] got a great offer to study at Yale. [My husband] and I are so happy for him! Great achievement. All (or, at least, a great part) thanks to the good work he's done at Tokyo Academics. I will be eternally grateful.



Princeton University

SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Writing, Humanities

English, Japanese


University of California – Berkeley

SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Mathematics, Physics



Harvard University

SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Mathematics, Physics, Humanities

English, Japanese


University of Washington

SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, English, Mathematics



Columbia University

SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE, Critical Thinking, Mathematics, English

English, Japanese


Group Classes Schedule

Classes marked OPEN are open for registration throughout the semester and students are welcome to join at any time. Classes marked CLOSED are no longer open for registration.