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A Closer Look at College Counseling


Dear TGS Families:

First, thank you to those who read last week’s message and have subsequently given to the Annual Fund. We are very grateful for your donations and generosity!

Second, it’s been a busy fall for our students. In particular, our seniors have been fully immersed in preparing college applications, taking SAT’s and ACT’s, and completing senior internships. The Gregory School is committed to providing as much technical expertise and emotional support to our students and their families regarding the college admissions process as possible. Having dedicated professionals with years of experience, on our faculty, navigating the college admissions process is invaluable. Mrs. Borleske is working part-time this year so that we can ensure a smooth transition after Mr. Schindel’s retirement in May 2019. For those of you with students in grades 8-11, I encourage you to reach out to her with any questions you may have regarding your own child’s ambitions and interests and how we can collectively begin working on finding the best “fit” for them post TGS graduation. Mrs. Borleske has provided a college counseling update in this week’s message and so I encourage you to take a look.

The college admissions landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade.   Recommended reading regarding college admissions include the following:

  • Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. The book encourages students and families to look beyond name brand and evaluate colleges for their impact on student learning and life calling. A significant portion of the book is a regional listing of recommended colleges and the reasoning for their inclusion.
  • On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld. An easily understandable and relatable book for high school students. “100 Successful College Application Essays” is also helpful in comprehending how college essay writing is different than classroom writing.
  • How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lynthcott-Haims.   A former Dean of Students at Stanford, Lynthcott-Haims writes in a humorous, pointed and self-deprecating way about how adults and parents have raised students who struggle with transitioning to college (& adulthood). She shares specific ideas about how we should be handling the high school years and teaching responsibility and accountability from schoolwork to college applications so students can be prepared for life after high school.
  • The College Mystique by Bill Maher.
  • Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni  
  • How to Be a High School Superstar: Get into College by Standing Out, Not Burning Out by Cal Newport.

The Gregory School Difference is reflected in small teacher-student ratios, engaging and challenging academic programming that incorporates the 6 C’s, robust visual and performing arts opportunities, multiple athletic individual and team sports, and creative learning spaces ranging from the Farmyard to the FabLab. A customer-friendly and highly experienced college counseling program is yet another way we set ourselves apart. We are proud of the services we deliver to you and look forward to supporting all our students on their journey toward graduation and beyond.

Warm regards,

Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School


The Stilt Walkers Dr. Julie Sherrill
Dr. Julie Sherrill has spent over 20 years in educational leadership. Her academic credentials include an M.S. in Education Administration and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Curriculum Development and Teacher Professional Development.

The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions, they found movements, they invent technology, they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.

Dr. Julie Sherrill

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