Longworth Prep's mission is to make the maze to higher education less stressful for the whole family.

Starting high school can be scary. Now, searching for and applying to colleges can be overwhelming and intimidating. Parents want what's best for their children, but often don't know what steps to take to navigate the maze to higher education.  Even when you know the steps, sometimes family dynamics between teenagers and parents get in the way of working productively. 

My name is Sandy Longworth. I built Longworth Prep because I believe taking the next step in higher education doesn't have to be filled with anxiety and stress. My background in school counseling and family therapy helps me collaborate with students and their families to build a customized path through the maze so you can all enjoy the ride.


Find out more about how I can help you and your family get through the maze with less stress, fewer arguments and more fun. My services are available as part of a package or in hourly blocks that can be customized to meet your needs.

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about me

As founder of the company, I provide all the services Longworth Prep offers. My years as a certified school counselor, family therapist and parent mean that I know how to make the college application process easier for the whole family.

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Longworth Prep Testimonials

We found Sandy very late in our son Alex’s high school career, the summer before his senior year. It was becoming apparent that our high school counselor was not able to help Alex other than to suggest schools he had no interest in. Perhaps the counselors are spread too thin to provide the individual attention we hoped he would get. Alex wanted to apply to a top tier school, Stanford was his dream school. The essays were our primary concern and Alex was having trouble putting his life into 500 words. I found Sandy online, spoke with her and immediately felt at ease. Sandy was very busy but she made time to meet with my wife, Alex and me. My wife asked very pointed questions about her process and we left feeling very comfortable with her response. Alex met with her once a week for a few months and with her guidance wrote wonderful essays. Alex was admitted to the Stanford class of 2022 a few days ago. I cannot thank Sandy enough. I wish we would have found her Alex’s freshman year, or even while he was in middle school. Her experience and knowledge were invaluable.
— Ray Somera, St Charles, IL
Sandy is like a best friend! The appointments are so thorough. Deadlines, checklists, and other information is very easy to keep track of. I continually felt very on top of everything in the college application and decision process. It is so helpful to have someone in your corner while making big decisions. Working with Sandy is worth everything. It will change your life. Her guidance has helped me (as a student) and my family feel relaxed and confident as we work towards college. No matter what you are working towards, Sandy can get you there!
I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t worked with Sandy. Her expertise and communication is phenomenal! I am so happy with how the college application process went so smoothly. It is not stressful when you have someone guiding and encouraging you the whole way through. Working with Sandy has truly changed my future! I know I am attending the best university for me because of her knowledge on numerous schools. I’ve had some big dreams and they have come true because of Sandy’s fantastic support.
— Heather House, Ponte Vedra, FL
Sandy’s essay workshop truly exceeded my expectations. She helped me realize the personality and depth of character a college essay can add to an application that is lacking in individuality. I came into the workshop with absolutely no topic or direction in mind, but after the first session we had discovered a subject that was unique and left me excited to get to work. Sandy creates a space that is comfortable and open where students can share their stories and determine how to best showcase their values and skills. In addition, she is an expert when it comes to grammar, word choice, and overall editing. I encourage students of all skill levels to take this workshop, the assistance Sandy provides is indispensable in writing a powerful essay.

Thank you for helping me write an essay better than any I could have done on my own. I wish every senior could be so lucky.
— Haley W., Geneva, IL
Longworth Prep took the pressure (and emotions) off the parents. The objective third-party opinion is invaluable.
— Kara Bryan, parent, Elburn, IL
Sandy did an amazing job informing us as parents how to support our daughter on her journey to college. She made us aware of schools and scholarship opportunities we would not have know about if we hadn’t worked with her.
— Bethany Kural, parent, Chicago, IL
Sandy helped me decide what is and isn’t best for me for college.
— April R., high school junior, Muscatine, Iowa
Longworth Prep helped me with my essays and making sure I applied early. And I got accepted to my dream school!
— Maddie Bryan, high school senior, Elburn, IL
I thought that the service was great (good advice on how to write letters to colleges, what to look for in colleges, and how to write specifically towards a college’s interests). I would greatly recommend this to others.
— Paul, high school senior, Geneva, IL
We sought help in the college admission process late in the game and Sandy helped my daughter focus and get the job done.
— Jeanne R., parent, Milwaukee, WI
Our daughter felt very comfortable working with Sandy and we both felt prepared for each new step in the process. Additionally, all our questions were answered.
— Sherrie Jo Cole, parent, Milwaukee, WI