March 2019

Summer Spotlight - Yasmin Gulamhusein 
American School of Dubai - Class of 2020

Yasmin is passionate about science and sustainability. This summer she will participate in a two-week internship with Energy Action Partners in Boston to learn about the sustainable energy process and gain exposure to the corporate world. She will be supplementing this with a one-week intensive lab course at Brown University to prepare for her Internship and Senior Directed Project this fall. Her internship is at Neutral Fuels, an alternative energy company that converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. She will learn about the chemical conversion process, as well as participate in scientific research. The information gathered will culminate in a final research paper for the company and her school. Already an award-winning sustainability advocate and blogger, Yasmin also hopes to use her enhanced knowledge to eventually create an outreach project to introduce this new energy to her community.

Ivy Options Strengthens Its Admissions Advising and Test Prep Teams

With our continued growth, Ivy Options has added two new staff members to our incredible team:

Ghada Wilson is our Freshman-Sophomore Admissions Specialist. She will work with our youngest students on their college application journey.
An educator for over 15 years in the U.S. and at American International Schools in the Middles East, she is passionate about education and the pursuit of learning. She has an B.A. and M.A. in Education from Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and is fluent in English and Arabic.

An educator for seven years in the U.S. and UAE, Kevin O'Driscoll's specialties are AP Calculus and AP Statistics. In addition to teaching, he has successfully created curriculum and assessments for students preparing for university-level mathematics, with a focus on embedding AP and SAT problem solving skills. An American, Kevin has a B.S. in Mathematics from Fairfiled University and an M.A. in Education from Saint Peter's University (New Jersey).

A New Month, More University Acceptances

Acceptances continue to roll in for Ivy Options' seniors: American University, Barnard College, Claremont McKenna College, Emory University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Yale NUS, and others. For a full list of Ivy Options' student acceptances, see Class of 2019.

Checkout Ivy Options' New Website

The Ivy Options' website has a whole new look, with an easier interface and more information. Please explore our updated portal, which includes testimonials from recent student clients and their parents. 

New ACT Prep Class Starts in April

Don't forget to sign up for Ivy Options' newest ACT test preparation course, starting April 22, 2019. This six-week session is for students taking the ACT Exam on June 7, 2019, or later. ACT or SAT diagnostics are available most Saturdays at 9 a.m., but registration is required. Please contact

Summer University Tour Sign Ups Continue

We are still accepting students for Ivy Options' U.S. East Coast Tour from July 7-20, 2019. Led by our Director, Mary Ellen Simoni, this fun and informative tour will start in Los Angeles and end in San Francisco. Cost is now $3,500. See Tour 2019 for full details. 

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