This year, the College Counseling staff made a concerted effort to increase one-on-one meetings with students and reduce group counseling sessions, particularly with seniors. The College Counselors have increased individualized attention for students which resulted in increased student awareness around college application deadlines and students better developing a list of possible colleges that aligns with his/her needs and interests.
Sophomores meet once per year with their counselor as introduction to the college process. Juniors meet with their college counselor a minimum of four times, and have begun to participate in the college prep course during the second semester. Meetings with seniors – both formal and informal pop-ins – are always ongoing, especially during critical periods of the college application process.
As we enter the course selection process for the 2020-2021 academic year, the College Counseling Office will be working with Advisors to give direction about how to best align course selection with college goals. The College Counseling staff serves as a specialized resource to support Faculty Advisors, giving support on a range of topics that include writing letters of recommendation, providing direction on improving study habits, and offering feedback on AP, honors, and college prep courses.
Thanks to the talent in the Class of 2020 and the dedication of the College Counseling Office, there have been a number of Ivy League and other selective college and universities that have admitted Austin Prep students through their early decision programs. A select list follows.
Austin Prep’s College Counseling program has been widely recognized by many of our peers, and the College Counseling Staff has been invited to present on the success of our program at both the annual conference of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) and the annual conference of the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (NEACRAO).