About Us

Evolve Academics was designed to support families through the often daunting college application process. The road to graduation and beyond is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires careful consideration of many important factors: composing meaningful essays, researching a variety of schools, discussing financial aid options. We get to know each student to create a comprehensive, holistic approach that includes all of our clients’ needs.

We begin with an initial consultation to assess a student’s current academics and come up with realistic goals. We go over standardized test plans, extracurriculars, community service, and “deep dives” into subjects students like best. Students are assigned tasks to move the process along between sessions. In addition, summer meetings ensure the application process is started and completed on time.

Evolve Academics offers professional, customizable service. We support students in our office and online. With an array of efficient tools and our counselor expertise, you’ll receive top notch service to make the journey to college a manageable one.

OUR Mission

To help students realize their potential, develop attainable goals, and apply their resources to the college application process.



Patrick McConaghy

As co-founder and co-owner of Tahoe Tutoring, Patrick is excited to “evolve” with Evolve Academics. His experiences as a high school teacher, college instructor, and private tutor for over twenty years have led him to his current role as college counselor. He assesses a student’s academic portfolio to best guide them on how to reach the next level. Patrick is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

In each session, Patrick makes students feel comfortable and gets them excited for their college journey. He asks questions–a lot of questions–to better understand a student’s background as it relates to their social emotional intelligence. In addition, Patrick works diligently on the essay writing and revision process. Through numerous drafts, he helps students tap into their writing potential to deliver thorough, pertinent essays and supplements.

Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education in Administrative Leadership from Sierra Nevada College. Outside of the classroom, most of Patrick’s time is spent with his three children–Colin, Erin and Graeme–and wife Katie. You can find him experimenting in the kitchen, especially with Italian cuisine, catching up on Star Wars-related shows, and sifting through classic literature.


Our college counseling experts have the answers!

Whatever questions you would have, feel free to contact us fore more clarity and peace of mind.

Evolve Academics comprises the same customized approach and professional service as Tahoe Tutoring. Additionally, it addresses a very specific need: college counseling. From building a class portfolio to navigating various applications, Evolve Academics is the support team you need to ensure a successful start to your collegiate career.


Should I take AP classes in my sophomore year if they are available?


How many hours of community service should I do?


Am I eligible for financial aid?


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