Recognized locally and nationally for its exceptional college counseling, Whitfield's college counseling team mirrors the school's student-centered approach. We focus on students finding the collegiate experiences that will continue to challenge and support their academic and personal growth. Just as importantly, we help them navigate the application process.
The scope of work provided by Whitfield college counselors includes the following:
Acting as a resource:
- colleges and universities
- leadership development
- summer experiences
- high school course selection and planning
- exploring academic and extracurricular interests
- standardized testing, including test preparation and testing schedules
- college exploration and research
- Short answers
- Activities resumes
- Special talent recruitment (including athletics, visual arts, performing arts)
Our goal is to make our students' college searches as smooth and stress-free as possible. Communication is crucial; we strive to maintain balanced communication between students, parents, and counselors. Our focus is on our students — helping them learn more about themselves so they can conduct thoughtful, thorough college searches.
The college process starts informally in sixth grade, becomes more detailed and strategic in the ninth and tenth grades, and evolves into a one-on-one student/parent/counselor partnership in the junior and senior years. Whitfield's two full-time college counselors typically work with 30-40 students each year.
Whitfield students head to an exciting array of colleges and universities across the United States and internationally when they graduate. After working collaboratively with Whitfield faculty, our students look for colleges and universities that provide that same kind of faculty access and frequently consider schools with 2,000-10,000 undergraduates.
Measures of our program's success include family satisfaction with college admissions, 100% placement to four-year colleges, and numerous honorary scholarship dollars awarded to Whitfield seniors. Members of the class of 2018 (60 of 75 students) received merit, athletic, and leadership scholarships totalling $3,065,720 for their first year of college alone.
For more detail on the previous five years of college admissions, please view the Whitfield School Profile (PDF).