College applications: demystified

Applying for college can be extremely daunting. Sarah breaks the process down into manageable steps to make it as stress-free as possible. Her goal is to demystify the whole process so that you feel informed and in control.

Sarah Leonard, certified College Admissions Counselor and President and Founder of Lake Washington Tutoring, works extensively through private individualized sessions and customized private and/or group test prep in order to help your student find their personal path to their college future.  No matter what your student needs, Sarah will provide you with the guidance, customization, and expertise needed to help your student apply to the colleges and universities that are the best fit for him or her.

My individualized and holistic process starts with getting to know students and families by understanding where they’ve come from, where they are now, and where they’d like to go. Since 1999, helping students and families chart a course for getting into college has been my passion. With the addition of College Admission Counseling to our services, I am able to coach students through the entire process. I am fully invested in each student’s journey - from start to finish. Breathe easy - together, we’ve got this.
— Sarah Leonard, Founder and President

Our Clients

If you are a…

  • Middle school student

  • High School student

  • College transfer student

  • College student applying for a major

…Sarah would love to work with you on your admissions process!

Our Process

No matter where you are on your journey, Sarah guides students to optimally position themselves as strong college applicants. Sarah’s process emphasizes self-discovery, understanding students’ key strengths and passions, and positioning their communication materials (applications, resume, essays) to optimally market themselves. Sarah provides customized and comprehensive advice to each student and works collaboratively with students and familes to optimize the student’s application process.

The earlier you start the college admissions process, the better. This way, Sarah can help advise your child on choosing academic courses and activities that will help your student thrive as a competitive applicant. We offer many packages starting at each grade level.


If you’re on a budget or just need help with one part of the admissions process, we have options for you.

  • Hourly

  • Package options

  • Bundled College Admissions and Test Prep packages

Still not sure? Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Sarah Leonard today! Sessions can be done virtually (non-Seattle clients) or in-person (Seattle clients).

I just want to say thank you so much for helping me with the college admissions process & keeping me on track. There are times where I feel stressed or pressured with so much to do. Hearing what you said made me relax and truly realize I’m not only doing great things for my future, but also impacting the lives of others along the way. Thank you so much for everything, especially in helping me build my own personal brand as an applicant.
— Cameron K., - Class of 2019