College Counseling

College Planning Process

We approach college counseling as part of a comprehensive process that begins in freshman year and supports students through graduation. The College Counseling Office provides individual meetings and classroom programming to all students, in addition to in-school standardized testing and evening events that present relevant information on the post-secondary planning process.

Our College Counseling Office utilizes SCOIR, a leading edge college planning software tool for students and parents. SCOIR is introduced in 9th grade and becomes a valuable resource for expanding and enhancing access to colleges in the exploration, planning and application stages of the process.

Wise course selection is the focus in early years of Upper School. Sophomores and Juniors take the PSAT in the fall. Juniors and Seniors will take the SAT and/or ACT; we also offer the School Day SAT in the spring, where Juniors are able to take the SAT exam on our campus in a familiar setting. Through a partnership with Summit Educational Group, opportunities exist to take test preparation courses on campus as well.

We are a proud partner school with the University of Connecticut and are able to offer UConn Early College Experience dual-enrollment courses for college credit. We also offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.

During junior year, students begin actively searching for colleges that are a good fit. The Master’s School works with students to help them discover their unique design and to discuss the implications that has on the college selection process. Rigorous course-work, as well as extracurricular activities, are emphasized as part of the big picture. Students and parents will meet with the College Counseling Office individually to focus on each student’s interests and post-secondary goals.

Senior year finds the College Counseling Office working with students and parents to help them navigate the application process, including compiling application materials, meeting application deadlines and providing supporting materials for both college and scholarship applications.

The College Counseling Office is also a part of the TMS Job Shadow Day committee, where we pair our Juniors and Seniors with a local professional mentor to give students “a day in the life” experience in their career field of interest. The benefits of this day of community partnerships focuses on giving students a better idea of what they might like to study in college, and beyond that has resulted in part-time job and internship offers.

College Counseling Office

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    Cara Petersen 

    College Planning Officer/Registrar
    860-651-9361 x5003
Please log in to the TMS Portal for parent and student college guidance resources.
Here is a sampling of the colleges our graduates have been accepted to over the past few years:

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  • Colleges

    Babson College, MA
    Bates College, ME
    Belmont University, TN
    Bentley University, MA
    Boston College, MA
    Boston University, MA
    Brown University, RI
    Cedarville University, OH
    Colgate University, NY
    College of the Holy Cross, MA
    Duke University, NC
    George Washington University, DC
    Georgetown University, DC
    Gordon College, MA
    Houghton College, NY
    Johns Hopkins University, MD
    Messiah College, PA
    Northeastern University, MA
    Northwestern University, IL
    Pennsylvania State University, PA
    Pepperdine University, CA
    Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
    Taylor University, IN
    Universityof California-Berkley, CA
    University of Connecticut, CT
    University of Virginia, VA
    Vanderbilt University, TN
    Villanova University, PA
    Virginia Technical Institute, VA
    Wake Forest University, NC
    Westmont College, CA
    Wheaton College, IL
The Master’s School is an independent, college-preparatory, non-denominational Christian day school enrolling children in preschool through post-graduate in West Simsbury, CT.

The Master's School is fully accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The Master's School opens its doors to all qualified students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.