My Story

Test Prep Specialist

  • Jason has taught ACT/SAT in-person prep classes for over 25 years.
  • Over 20,000 students have participated in his in-person classes.
  • Over 95% of his students achieve higher scores after the class.
  • The average ACT improvement is just over four points.
  • Jason debuted his first online video class in 2011.
  • Jason was also a standardized test developer.

College Prep Strategist

  • Jason conducted his first College Bound Seminar in August 2012.
  • Thousands have attended his College Bound in-person events.
  • In 2013, Jason wrote a book, College Bound: A Common Sense Approach.
  • Due to COVID, Jason began leading College Bound remote live classes in 2020.
  • Jason helps students with their college application essays.
  • Jason creates resume portfolios for students.
  • Jason has presented at multiple high schools.
  • Jason conducts remote live meetings for individual families seeking assistance.

Former High School Teacher

  • Jason worked in the public schools from 1992 to 2008.
  • National Board Certified Teacher & IL Master Teaching Certificate
  • Jason had a reputation for helping students overcome math and test anxiety.
  • Jason spent four years working on teams that designed math curriculum timelines.
  • Jason and his wife have homeschooled their eight children.

Jason Franklin's Story

I dominated standardized tests throughout school. I was always the top of my class and was consistently in the top 1% in the country. School was easy for me and tests were a breeze.

WAIT! That’s not my story. Not even close. I struggled in school from the beginning. My primary grade teachers wanted to hold me back when I was young. However, my parents decided against it, so my mom decided to work with me... A LOT. Even with all her help, I had to work to get Cs in grade school, which we all know is the equivalent of an F.

Fast forward to high school. I decided I was going to be valedictorian. This seemed ridiculous given the fact I had never made the honor roll my entire life!

I earned straight As the first quarter of high school. I was excited and my parents were pleasantly surprised. As the years went on, I continued to pay attention to the smarter kids in school and asked how they studied and prepared. I continued to work hard and kept getting As, but I always felt that I really was not that smart. I was just working really hard AND working the right way.

I did end up being a straight A student and class valedictorian. However, our family situation required that I needed to pay for my own college. This forced me to learn how to find scholarships…any scholarships.

My major was mathematics, so I decided to take extra classes to earn my teacher certification which allowed me to qualify for teaching scholarships. That’s how I ended up becoming a teacher.

I really did not want to be a teacher. My dream was to be an Olympic track & field coach. Back then, high school coaches had to be teachers. While coaching, I had athletes that needed higher ACT scores in order to be eligible for athletic scholarships. The first athlete I worked with improved from a 15 to a 20. Soon smaller groups were organized by parents, but I just wanted to coach. Finally, one summer afternoon after working with about 20 athletes a mother approached me and encouraged me to consider teaching ACT prep classes on a full time basis. She told me the following:

“Not very many high school students will want to go on and play sports in college (the focus of my athletic training), but there are A LOT of high school students that want to go to college, and they need your help.”

God used her boldness to change my life. I taught in the public schools during the day and conducted ACT/SAT prep classes in the evenings and weekends. My prep program grew to the point that I had to retire from public school teaching – my last seven years were at Champaign Centennial High School. I cried when I submitted my resignation letter, but it was the right decision. I was spending too much time away from my family. Since my kids are homeschooled, I was not able to spend quality time teaching them during the day while still working with high school students in the evenings and weekend.

While teaching ACT prep classes, parents and students would ask questions about college: how to get scholarships, where to start, how to find good schools, questions to ask a college, etc. I began incorporating small segments into my ACT classes to help point students in the right direction.

Again, God used a mom to send me down another path. A mom called to ask questions about all of the college segments I was including in my ACT classes. Our phone conversation ended up lasting over 90 minutes. It ended by her saying the following:

“Jason, this is great that you share this with your students, but parents really need this information, too. You really need to organize something for parents.”

This provoked me to develop family seminars to share what I had learned. Those meetings led to a book. Questions before, during, and after the seminars turned my idea of developing the book into a reality as the initial 101 page draft grew to a 250-plus page book.

Parents often came to the seminars without their students and then commented on post-evaluation forms that they wished they had brought their students. This led to a seminar DVD, so families could watch a pre-recorded event together.

When COVID-19 hit our country and we were all dealing with lockdowns, I spent months creating a SAT prep online video class.  We also produced a College Bound Seminar Series - online version - that was professionally filmed and edited.

As the COVID-19 restrictions continued, we added remote live classes and seminars which have allowed students and parents to get the information they need.

We want to help as many families as possible by sharing what we have learned from thousands of students and families over the years. There are numerous things that parents and students can do to save tens of thousands of dollars in college costs. Unfortunately, too many families miss out because they don’t know what they need to do. If you are reading this, then you have no excuses. You now know where to get the information you need.

May our services be a blessing to you and your loved ones.