HELPING EACH STUDENT FIND THE RIGHT FIT
We know the college application process can be overwhelming, and that is why we are here to help every step of the way! Our college counseling program takes an in-depth, multi-year approach with a primary focus on helping each student find the right fit—the college, university, gap year, or post-graduate career path that best meets the needs of the student. Each Oldfields student takes responsibility for their higher education plan with the support of the college counselor and faculty.
SELECTING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
College preparation begins early in high school. We get to know each student and help them develop skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We guide students to develop good study habits, get involved in extra-curricular activities, build leadership skills, and discover what they’re enthusiastic and passionate about. We also talk to students about summer enrichment opportunities that would allow them to further explore and develop their interests and talents. Eighth, ninth, and tenth graders take the PSAT exam to practice taking standardized tests and to develop time management skills associated with standardized testing. We can also help them identify trends academically and to encourage them to focus on their interests and passions.
College counseling begins as early as eighth grade and is the beginning of the process to develop an in-depth, comprehensive four-year college going plan when they enter high school. All students meet regularly with the Director of College Counseling individually and in group seminars. Students explore educational and career interests in our Pathways Program, learn about different types of colleges and universities, and discuss elements of the application process including interviewing, standardized testing, essays, and the various components of applications. Juniors take the PSAT again during this year when it also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. We analyze and use the test scores as one criterion as students search for appropriate college and universities that will be a good fit. Students develop balanced college lists consisting of appropriate reach, fit/match, and safety schools that represent their academic, social, athletic, religious, and/or financial needs. At the end of junior year, students leave for summer break with a specific list of responsibilities to be completed over the summer as they prepare to return to school. This will include beginning to write their college essays to be used when submitting their college applications.
During senior year, students meet with the college counselor in one-on-one meetings. Support is available throughout the process, including for financial aid, scholarships, and making a final selection in the spring. The college counselor will also assist students and their families with questions on and issues surrounding college enrollment.
Senior year is an exhilarating time for students and families, but we also know it can be stressful. The college counseling program is designed to assist and support students and their families to have an enjoyable and celebratory college application process. Always know that the college counseling office is available to assist all students and families, and we look forward to working with you during this exciting time in your child’s life!