Ms Ellen Chao


Ellen Chao began her professional career in finance as an analyst in investment banking after graduating with distinction from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She became a Stern Scholar at NYU, where she received her MBA in Finance and International Relations.  

Ellen received her Certificate in Independent Educational Consultant from UC Irvine's extension program and completed the "Advising the College-Bound Student-Athlete" certificate and Wow Writing Workshop "College Essay Experience." She attends conferences and visits numerous colleges to stay abreast of admissions trends. 

Ellen is a parent of three children--a daughter who is a senior Biomedical Engineering student at WashU in St. Louis, a son who graduated from Duke University and currently and investment banking financial analyst, and her oldest who graduated from Univ. of Pennsylvania, received a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins, and is a candidate for a Masters in Neuroscience from Columbia Univ. 

As a single parent and mother of two recruited athletes, her knowledge of the athletic recruiting and financial aid processes is helpful to her families. She enjoys working with motivated students from public and private high schools in Southern California. 

South Bay Educational Consultants can help guide your student through the complicated process. Since 2015, we have been helping clients navigate the college admissions process and discover their best college fit, while empowering them with self-appraisal, advocacy and organizational skills—all of which result in a more successful transition to college. 

We provide students the tools they need as they transition to young adulthood. Combining enthusiasm, strategy, and support, we guide students to engage in meaningful activities and help them identify leadership opportunities. We empower them with expert strategies that complement their individual personalities, learning styles and goals. 

We offer various high-touch services that are personalized to meet the needs and budgets of our clients. Our services range from hourly Strategy & Planning Sessions to comprehensive Concierge-Level Packages. From informative one-time sessions to trusted, long-term relationships, our team provides helpful advice on navigating the college admission process. 

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Description of Services : Guide high school students through course selection, extracurriculars, summer plans and the college admissions process.

Description of Experience : Working as an independent counselor with students from 9th grade through senior year at public and private schools.



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