Preparing for college can be extremely exciting for students, but it can also be difficult and confusing. Parents, students and staff at the Woodward School work together to guide students through both the exploration and selection process.
College counseling begins in the ninth grade at the Woodward School. Ninth and tenth graders meet with the college counselor as a group to review what students and parents can do to be ready for the college admissions process (take challenging courses, get the best grades possible, SAT preparation, engage in school and outside activities, perform community service, etc.)
Juniors meet with the College Counselor as a group and individually, to begin the college search process and make preparations for college visits. A College Informational Night is held to assist parents and students develop a plan for the college search that will be efficient, organized and reasonably “low stress”. Students are assisted to identify their strengths and special talents as they complete a personal evaluation. Individual meetings with the College Counselor focus on self-assessment, information gathering, college selection, application timelines and the student’s personal timeline. Woodward’s small school environment encourages collaboration with parents, junior and senior advisors and teachers, keeping in mind that the final decision rests with the student.
In the senior year, students meet individually with the College Counselor on numerous occasions
to review college profiles, for essay and resume preparation, and school transcript review. Students receive assistance with completing college applications and work with the College Counselor to plan and keep to a schedule that meets individual college deadlines.
The College Counseling Office maintains a collection of college admissions materials in the Katherine Bacon Library including college catalogs, videos/CD’s, information on testing and financial aid and encourages students to make use of available Internet resources and college web pages. Representatives from various colleges and universities visit the Woodward School each year to explain their college programs, and students are encouraged to meet the representatives of schools in which they are interested. Local college fairs in the area are publicized, and students are encouraged to attend. Parents of students in all grades are encouraged to call the College Counseling Office with any questions related to the college admissions process.