A strong student-teacher relationship is the foundation of our pedagogy. With a relatively small student caseload, our Director of College Counseling is able to establish a close working relationship with each student and family. Our comprehensive program is designed to prepare each student to be the strongest possible applicant. Individually tailored to the needs of each student, our program offers an in-depth, detailed process which helps each child find the college, university, or post-graduate program path that fits his or her post graduate plans.
Open and frequent communication with parents and families is key to each student’s success. Parents and guardians are always welcome to take advantage of the Director of College Counseling’s expertise by whatever means is most comfortable – meetings, phone calls, text messages and email are all frequently used ways to stay in touch. This individualized and detailed college counseling process brings its own satisfying reward as many find the process enriching.
Each October, all students are encouraged to attend the annual college fair at The Gregory School where they are able to meet with admissions representatives from typically one hundred or more colleges and universities. In order to effectively prepare students for later test experiences, all tenth and eleventh graders take the PSAT when all juniors enter the National Merit Scholarship contest.
The college search and selection process begins in earnest in January of junior year when students and their families meet with the Director of College Counseling as a group and get started on sharing information that is critical to the next steps in the process. Each junior and individual parent/guardian is provided access to Naviance Succeed/Family Connection, an internet-based program that helps guide students, collects important documents, submits credentials electronically to colleges, and tracks submissions.
In late winter and early spring, juniors and their families are encouraged to meet individually with the Director of College Counseling to discuss goals, plans and expectations going forward. Over time juniors explore educational and career interests, create resumes, learn about different types of colleges, about college environments, and about the application process. Subsequent meetings may address the components of the application as well as scholarship opportunities.
In fall, the seniors meet with the Director of College Counseling twice each rotation in a classroom format throughout the first quarter. They typically spend the two and one-half hours each week to work on applications, to polish essays, and to seek scholarship opportunities. Most students will finish their applications by the end of the first quarter/ first semester which frees them to focus on the critically important demands of senior year academic classes.
The college counselor’s door is always open. Support is available to every student, every family through graduation and the years following matriculation.