Spark Prep is an internationally acclaimed college and graduate admissions consulting firm. We have offices in San Francisco, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore.
In the past six years, our programs have reached over 250 students in nine countries for degree programs ranging from boarding school, undergraduate to MD and MBA.
We work nationally and internationally with students of all backgrounds and have successfully helped dozens of students attain admission to the world’s most prestigious programs.
Spark Prep offers test preparation across the globe, providing students with superlative one-on-one and in-class instruction.
We offer preparation for the SAT, ACT, SAT II subject tests, AP tests, IELTS, and TOEFL. Our test prep curricula are centered in ground-breaking Ivy league educational neuroscience research, delivering both content and strategy in ways that will maximize student potential. With our holistic educational approach, standardized tests become more than college gatekeepers—they become vehicles for honing skills, deepening understanding, and elevating the mind.
Spark Prep aims to help students explore and grow their intellectual curiosity and academic interests.
We have tutors who are experts in almost every academic field: physics, biology, chemistry, even politics and philosophy. Our tutors work 1-1 with students to strengthen their basic understanding of academic subjects and expand on that foundation by developing the research skills necessary to build their own intellectual journey.
(...) Spark Prep team’s warmth and helpfulness transcends the geographical distance. Ostin and Sa were very close to me during the application process, and were there to support me whenever I felt stressed out. I was even invited to Spark Prep’s Christmas party before working with them. I always knew that I was very cared for and respected (...). park Prep students are obviously regarded more than just work concerns to Spark Prep team!
After a long journey (and a long passage), I still find myself unable to fully express my deep gratitude to him and to the Spark Prep team. I sincerely hope everyone at Spark Prep will "keep the fire" - keep the passion of guiding students and giving them care and love. Send everyone my best wishes!
(...) During the application process, Luke also emphasized this many times, and never - absolutely never - Luke mentioned the ranking of the school while listing the schools (Although it is true that Luke chooses the appropriate rank fields with my profile, not too low) In the process of writing essays and extracurricular activities list, I really appreciate Luke and Spark Prep because everyone respects the truth and doesn't force me to "polish" anything. If Spark Prep does not respect the truth and “wash” the records, I will (100%) not choose Spark Prep. Everyone who applies to school will also understand this situation, I do not need to say any more. What's the point of going to a good school but not respecting the truth Because everywhere they go, they don't have the equipment of honesty.
Working with Spark Prep, I wasn't "forced" to check any Ivy-potential checklist. I got to explore and develop my own academic interests - albeit film studies, gender studies, philosophy or sociology (...) I got the chance to acquire so much maturity throughout the process - learning to accept myself, my vulnerability, my sensitivity, my precious relationships, my introversion and so much more. Spark Prep is a place where I can heal, be gentle to my emotions and be the version of myself that I cannot be more proud of. The genuine care he has for his students cultivates our internal love and peace to get through the difficulties and spread it to others, resulting in a community of honest support. Whatever direction I want to pursue and build my own happiness, Spark Prep is there and supportive as always (...)
Spark Prep is a boutique educational consulting company established in 2016. Every year, we help dozens of students craft authentic applications to undergraduate and post-graduate programs all over the world, with a focus on school-applicant fit. Our students have been accepted to every Ivy and top 50 school across the US, as well as reputable institutions in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Spark Prep’s support is not limited to helping students gain acceptances. We also ensure they are able to attend school with adequate financial aid by providing families with professional help on financial aid applications. Acceptances outside of the US include:
- University of Toronto – Canada
- McGill University – Canada
- University College London – the UK
- Oxford University – the UK
- Erasmus University Rotterdam – the Netherlands
- National University Singapore – Singapore
- Yale-National University Singapore – Singapore
- University of Sydney – Australia
Our coaching Team
Cori is Spark Prep’s Co-CEO and Director of Academic Programming. Cori graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Performing Arts, Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction. Since 2008, Cori and her team have invested thousands of hours helping students reach their academic potential.
Luke is Spark Prep‘s Co-CEO and Director of Admissions Programming. He graduated with honors from Stanford University. In the past five years, he has helped hundreds of students achieve their admissions goals.
Kevin Chaves has been a Spark Prep admissions essay coach since 2016. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in Religious Studies, with a specialty in Continental Philosophy, phenomenology, and interpretation theory. While at Stanford, Kevin worked as a writing tutor at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, and has over 7 years of experience teaching and tutoring writing both for academics and admissions.
Joon has 8 years of admissions counseling and test prep tutoring for high school students. He holds an B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School, and a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Besides his counseling work, he also has over 26 years experience in Finance and Risk Management at large corporations in Los Angeles, Houston and New York.
Neil tutors all sections of the ACT, SAT, and all levels of math. Before working with Spark Prep he taught middle and high school students topics fundamental to careers in engineering and math.