We approach college counseling as part of a comprehensive process that begins in freshman year. The College Counseling Office participates in Moving Up night for eighth grade parents and students, giving a brief overview of where the process starts. Parents and students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to attend College Night in the early fall, where information is geared to their particular stage in the process. Naviance/Family Connection, a leading edge software tool for students and parents, is introduced in 9th grade and becomes a valuable resource for communication, research and recordkeeping.
Wise course selection is the focus in early years of Upper School. Sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in the fall. Juniors and seniors take the SAT and/or ACT, and through a partnership with Kaplan, opportunities exist to take test preparation courses. AP courses and exams are available to juniors and seniors.
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.
Senior year finds the College Counseling Office working with students and parents to help them navigate the final stages of the process, including compiling application materials and meeting application deadlines.