Our suggested pathway:

  1. College Planning Service - to help with the preparations from late 8th grade/early 9th grade onward
  2. College Admissions Counselling -  Starting from 11th grade to help step-by-step through the college applications process

We offer private 1:1 College Planning Service:

The college planning session helps students to utilize the high-school years effectively and align their time and efforts with their passion and career aspirations.

The best time to have this plan created is end of 8th grade / early 9th grade. But, we are here to help even if you missed it in 9th grade.

Note: We offer advisory service for 7th graders to help get started. It is too early to create a full plan in 7th grade. (The fees is $200 for this advisory services)

Students who have used this plan have found the later college applications process to be less stressful and felt well prepared.

College Planning  Services:

Our Planning Process:

  1. Family meeting with parents and student
  2. Identifying student’s passion, strengths, and career aspirations
  3. Mapping to academic goals, personal and skills development

***FREE First 30 mins Consultation***

College Planning Services Fees = $1600

  • Creating Individualized College Plan-
    • We will provide individualized 4-years plan (for the school years and also the summer breaks) from academics to extracurricular activities,  covering all aspects needed for building a holistic student profile.
    • Please come prepared for a long first meeting, as it takes a minimum of 3 to 4 hours with the student and family
  • Up to six follow-up guidance/advisory calls or in-person meetings - which can be used anytime until the middle of Junior year. (i.e. until December of the Junior year-Grade 11).
    • Follow-up meetings helps student with mentoring for the implementation of their plan and also offers guidance for any changes that needs to be considered from academics to extra-curricular activities.

Payment Methods

College Planning Services $1600 fees can be paid vis Zelle, PayPal, or Personal Check

Zelle pay to greenkidsnow@hotmail.com (no additional fees)

PayPal use this LINK - total=$1648 a 3% PayPal processing fees must be added

Personal Check (no additional fees): make check payable to "Children's Innovation Center" - P.O. Box 1855, Newark, CA 94560


We offer private 1:1 College Admissions Counselling:

Our packages offers 1:1 college admissions assistance and will take your student step-by-step through the full admissions process, offering personalized guidance at every step, which includes:

  • Resume Writing
  • Offer guidance to students for obtaining Letters of Recommendations from teachers and counselor
  • Create a customized college list of recommended “best fit” colleges
  • Brainstorm essay topics selection
  • Provide ideation assistance for the essays
  • Essays improvement and optimization guidance offered by our expert English Teacher
  • Unlimited reviews and feedback for essays - editing multiple times via shared folder, till the essays are polished and ready to use
  • Guidance for financial-aid and scholarships
  • Admissions Interview prep
  • Application full review before submission

Sample Schedule of Student meetings: (Grade 11 to 12)

  • We recommend to start around February of Junior year, so all activities could be spread out.
  • February-March: Understanding and data gathering of student's academic and extracurricular activities and achievements
  • April-May: Prepare and ensure some important tasks are completed before the end of school year (Junior year).
  • June: Meet twice a month to brainstorm essay questions, ideation, and work rigorously on all the documents/templates provided for application preparation
  • July-January: meeting at least once a month, along with remote guidance, until all applications are submitted.
  • February: Interview preparation
  • March-April: meet once a month to finalize college selection

College Admissions Counselling - Payment Options

Zelle to "greenkidsnow@hotmail.com" - no additional fees

Personal Check (no additional fees): make check payable to "Children's Innovation Center" - P.O. Box 1855, Newark, CA 94560

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not want UC or CSU, then please select Package-3, as it can be customized with a total of 10 to 12 Private/Out-of-state universities.

College Admissions Counselling - Package One

UCs + CSUs


(Fees to be paid in full upfront-no exceptions)

College Admissions Counselling - Package Two

UCs + CSUs + up to 3 colleges either Common App or Coalition App


(Fees to be paid in full upfront-no exceptions)

College Admissions Counselling - Package Three

UCs + CSUs + up to 6 colleges either Common App or Coalition App


(Fees to be paid in full upfront-no exceptions)


Ms. Shanti Balaraman and Ms. Kamala Rajanala together have more than a decade of experience helping many students to get into their top choice colleges.

We guide students to identify their own unique, authentic talents, skills, passions, and interests, and encourage them to pursue their curiosity. Our careful, thoughtful and individualized mentoring helps each student  bring out  their inner self and share it with  the rest of the world, especially to College Admissions Officers.

We have the experience and the natural ability to look at each student as an individual, and we understand that no two students are alike, which is clearly reflected through our guidance that we offer to enable students to stand out. We do not believe in comparing students with others and trying to fit a student into someone else’s mold. So, you will not see any gimmicks or false claims from us.

Our approaches to college counseling have been more pertinent especially during this era of holistic selection process.

Please Note: Ms. Shanti Balaraman also teaches and mentors students in the Emerging Innovators Research Program. She is the current President of Stanford University Chapter of Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Honor Society.(2022-2024)

 Are you ready to start your journey? We'll be with you every step of the way.


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Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Academic Pathways Taken: Pre-med, Pre-law, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Economics, Nursing, and Biotechnology.

Many of our students have received merit scholarships - Full-ride, UC Regents, Dean's Scholarship, Partial as large as $120,000 to smallest $5,000!

  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • UC Davis
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • Purdue
  • Cal Poly SLO
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • Arizona State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Oregon State University

It is notable that we do not pre-screen and pick our students to work with. Students have come to us when other private counselors did not want to take them. We believe that every student can be shown the path to success and the results speak for themselves. It is the mutual belief and trust that creates the positive energy and motivation to pursue academic success.