COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROGRAM WITH COROLLARY PARENT PROGRAM
College counseling begins with group and individual, academic advising for all incoming ninth graders and continues through 12th grade addressing both college readiness and the college admission process. Counselors are assigned students over a four year period to insure a strong counseling relationship, academic rigor and relevance of future planning. Every family is offered access to our technology tool, Naviance , for college and career planning.
THE COLLEGE ADMISSION PROGRAM for juniors is a comprehensive teaching program for students and corollary evening program for parents and students together. The purpose of the program is to promote equity and access for all students by requiring every student to participate in two group sessions with their counselors at school and inviting all students and parents to participate in evening programs that address every phase of the college admission process. We launch our program at the close of the first semester of junior year. THE COLLEGE ADMISSION PROGRAM is outlined below in chronological order:
Session 1. The Dean of Admissions from a very selective college speaks for an hour to the parents and students regarding every aspect of the admission process including college admission trends, self assessment, researching and visiting colleges, and creating a list of possibilities that fits your abilities, interests and criteria. The Dean also addresses the factors that influence colleges when they make admission decisions and how they select students for their freshman classes. The last 20 minutes of the program are interactive with students and parents.
Session 2. Two lead Counselors present the Nuts and Bolts of College Admissions process and a tutorial on using Naviance during the evening prior to February vacation. Counselors distribute and mail to those not in attendances a copy of The COLLEGE ADMISSION PROCESS HANDBOOK. This instructive booklet is written and updated annually specifically for Andover High School students and their parents and covers every aspect of admission including print and internet resources.
Session 3. All junior students meet in an assembly for an hour session introduced by the school principal and counselors on the importance of planning for college. A panel of four college admissions deans from a range of colleges including public, private, community and very selective address aspects of finding a fit in a college, writing college essays, visiting campuses and being prepared.
Session 4. All juniors meet with their counselors in groups to review aspects of THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS HANDBOOK, to engage in interactive activity concerning grade point average, to write self evaluations and to engage in open dialogue with members of the senior class discussing their experience with the college process.
All juniors meet individually with their counselors to review their course selection for senior year with regard to college readiness.
Session 5 Junior Field trip to National College Fair in Boston
All juniors will meet individually with their counselors to discuss progress with college admissions, to review college testing plans and gain additional coaching one to one.
MAY and JUNE
Individual appointments continue. Counselors encourage summer college exploration and summer preparation.