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大学 Guidance at Abington Friends

大学 Guidance at 大发app下载 is a student-centered process based on the philosophy of finding the 正确的适合: colleges that provide the right academic opportunities, social/cultural environment, is financially affordable, 和 where the student is admissible. 

大发app的辅导员, who have significant college admissions experience 和 counseling expertise, work closely with students to guide their learning about their educational 和 social needs, 和 to develop decision-making skills that will help shape their choices for college 和 beyond. 在理想的情况下, a student’s college process is the culmination of an 大发app下载 career that involves immersive classroom experiences, myriad opportunities to express their creativity, 和 full engagement with the world around them.

We Focus on 学生

A hallmark of the college guidance process at 大发app下载 is the individual focus. From the time students arrive in the 上学校, the Director of Studies helps them think about what “他们的故事” at 大发app下载 will be: what co-curricular interests will they pursue? How will they appropriately challenge themselves in the classroom? What relationships will they build?

At the midpoint of a student’s high school experience, the 大学 Guidance Counselors build on that foundation, starting with an 11th grade college night, for juniors 和 their families, 和 a spring course for juniors about all aspects of the college admissions process. Through this course 和 one-on-one meetings that also begin in the spring, the 大学 Guidance Counselors develop strong relationships with students that then allow for the counselors to articulate the unique qualities of each student to college admissions officers.

Relationships Matter

Relationship-building is at the heart of our college guidance program. Our college guidance counselors spend a great deal of time with admissions representatives, welcoming them to the 大发app下载 campus, introducing them to our curriculum, 和 learning more about what makes a student the right “fit”. 随着时间的推移, our counselors have developed close relationships with admissions officers that allow them to speak on behalf of our students, reiterating the strengths of our applicants 和 how we envision their fit to the school’s mission, community 和 applicant pool.

The Smaller School Advantage

这种个人, thoughtful 和 labor-intensive approach is only possible in a small community such as ours. Partnering closely with our students 和 their families during this important time makes the process more manageable 和 leads to students who look forward to their next step after high school graduation. Our graduates report that they felt well-supported in creating a balanced college list, crafting personalized essays, completing applications, 和 录取入学 at a college they feel challenged by 和 successful in.

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