What to Do When:
- When and only when your teen brings up the subject of college, listen and consider her choices first before you offer suggestions.
- Your child will be taking several tests in the spring of this year. Be supportive and remind her that she can always retake the college admissions tests if necessary.
- If your student expresses interest in a college or university, suggest they take a look at the school’s web site and then send an e-mail to the admissions office asking for additional information. They will appreciate the confidence you have placed in them.
- Try to schedule college visits in the spring of the junior year or fall of the senior year – schools are on campus and your child and you will get a better picture of the schools you visit. If this is inconvenient for your family, visit in the summer.
- Do your best to be patient and to be realistic as your child decides on a final list of schools for application. This can be a very stressful time
- Be supportive as applications are completed
- Private schools will notify your child by April 1st – probably by e-mail. This will be a time of euphoria or dejection; either way, this calls for skilled parenting
The Role of the Independent Counselor
- To listen to and help students and parents navigate the increasingly complex college search process
- To encourage each student to tell their unique story
- To help students clarify and define their academic and social preferences
- To offer a possible list of schools that will be a good fit in light of these academic and social preferences
- To teach the student how to research colleges and universities
- To offer resources including, summer programs, scholarships, the college search, and financial aid.
- To act as a resource in the application process
- To help reduce the stress of the college selection and application process
- To help students and parents manage the waitlist if necessary
Past students have had been admitted to some of the following schools:
American University in Rome
Case Western Reserve
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Check out the full list of past accepted students Click Here.