Welcome to
Class 101

Your partner for college planning, admissions, test preparation, and scholarships.

College planning made simple

At Class 101 – Dayton, we help students and families navigate the college planning process. Located in Springboro, we serve students in grades 8 through 12 from throughout the Miami Valley. Our mission is to empower students, serve families, and inspire greatness. We know that applying to college can be overwhelming, which is why we strive to make this process enjoyable for families. We navigate the complex, multi-year process by working one-on-one with students as early as their freshman year of high school. But it’s not just about getting into college. At the core of everything we do is a passion for helping young people find their future.

Back to School with Class 101

FAFSA Webinar

To help you start the FAFSA process, join Class 101’s nationwide Zoom webinar on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. EDT. Register in advance for this webinar here. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with access to the webinar event. See you on Sept. 16!

Fall Test Prep Courses

Good test scores and good grades put students in a position to receive more merit-based scholarships. Our SAT/PSAT prep and ACT test prep classes are limited to our college planning students, but there’s time to sign up. Reach out to schedule a college planning consultation to learn more about Class 101!

Build your college list & resume


Too often students wait until late in their junior year to talk about majors or make a list of colleges. There’s a lot to do, but it does not have to feel overwhelming. Class 101 students get to work early, defining their interests with our DISC and career exploration activities, building a large list of schools based on their goals, and developing a resume that reflects their individual activities and strengths.

Senior Profile for Class 101 Dayton








Acceptance Rate


Per Student Earned
Financial Aid

$13.9 Million

In Total Merit

Meet Our Team

Contact Us Today!



Karen Lane DeRosa

Tony DeRosa



36 South Richards Run, Springboro, OH 45066

Our Programs


Prepping for college on your own? That’s the old school way.

Let Class 101 take the guesswork out of college planning! Download your college planning checklist today.

Our Students Say It Best

Class 101 has been beyond helpful in making the college application and transition process organized and as stress-free as possible! They have introduced me to so many scholarship opportunities of which I have taken full advantage, and have been a guide and resource even beyond college acceptances!


Class of 2021

The great people at Class 101 have given me the opportunity to have one-to-one college planning and ACT prep, helping me prepare for my future. The work they do to help me prepare for what’s truly ahead of me is incredible and is truly personalized to me and to what I am interested in, which makes the whole college planning experience fun and interesting.


Class of 2022

Starting at Class 101 was the best decision I have ever made. I started as a senior and was very lost on my college search. Class 101 helped me get into every college I applied to and kept me on the right track the entire time.


Class of 2021

Class 101 has truly prepared me for the next chapter in my life. Whether I was studying for the ACT, applying for scholarships, or finalizing my college decision, I felt like I was putting myself at a greater advantage to attack my future.


Class of 2021

With the help of Class 101, I was able to raise my ACT score six points.  I followed their advice and visited 10 colleges and found the perfect college for me!  They spent many hours helping with essays and scholarships, and I’m so grateful!  Thank you Class 101 for being such a huge supporter!


Class of 2021

Joining Class 101 was the best decision my parents and I made. Class 101 worked with me to build my resume, apply to college, and make it affordable. Whether it was ACT prep, summer essay sessions, or college and scholarship applications, my Class 101 college planners have always been willing to help me accomplish my goals.


Class of 2021

From my very first meeting with my college planners, they believed in me as I looked at schools all over the country. They became like another family to me. Class 101 was always a place I could go to do my work–applications, essays, research. I honestly don’t think I could have gotten it all done without them!


Class of 2020

Before Class 101, I went into ACT prep not knowing what to do and started with a score of 27. My college planner, Karen, helped me learn how to take the test. I had a goal of 30, but achieved a 32, which helped me receive several scholarships


Class of 2020

I was accepted into the DAAP program majoring in fashion design at the University of Cincinnati. I started working with Karen and Tony in my junior year and could not have asked for two better people to help me with my college choices, ACT help, scholarships, and more! Being a first generation college student in my family, I was lost on where to even start, but Class 101 helped me achieve the dreams I wanted to accomplish.


Class of 2021

My Class 101 experience exceeded my expectations! I could not have asked for more professional, personal, and expert guidance through the entire college admissions process. Everything from high school course selections, resume building, ACT boot camp classes, essay writing, and completing the common app and FASFA forms, Class 101 ensured I met every deadline. They made the admissions process understandable and stress-free for me and for my parents. I truly believe my college acceptances were a direct result of the immense knowledge and experience provided to me by the Class 101 team. Karen and her staff are an absolute pleasure to work with and they genuinely care about each and every one of their students.


Class of 2021

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