College Counseling Program
The Office of College Counseling works with all Whitfield students and families in grade appropriate ways. The college counseling program is focused around the Habits of Mind and Heart. The focus of each phase of the college counseling program is designed to help students understand their strengths, interests, talents and needs in order to assure the student graduates with the best fit opportunities for him or her.
A brief outline of the program by grade level is:
- Theme: Raising awareness about the breadth of opportunity Whitfield students have.
- Programming: Through announcements at assemblies, middle school students become aware of the breadth of colleges and universities Whitfield students are admitted to and choose to attend. Through the advisory and health and wellness programs, the students explore and identify their particular strengths. The college counselors host a coffee for families each winter to answer any questions families may have about the process.
- Theme: Establishing a good foundation for college and the college choice process.
- Programming: In conjunction with the advisory and health and wellness programs, the college counselors meet several times throughout the year with ninth grade students to assist them in identifying and developing their strengths through coursework, extracurricular involvement and external opportunities. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the role that performance in the classroom has on college opportunities.
- Theme: Preparing for the college choice process.
- Programming: Work continues through the advisory and health and wellness programs. The emphasis of programming is to encourage students to apply their strengths to potential areas of study in college and then to begin exploring a variety of types of colleges and universities. In addition, all sophomores sit for practice standardized tests (ACT and SAT). Tenth grade students are involved in some kind of college counseling activity at least one time per month.
- Theme: Exploring options and identifying the correct ones for each student.
- Programming: Beginning in eleventh grade, work moves from groups to individual meetings between the student, family and a college counselor. Multiple programs are offered throughout the year on the process, including on paying for college. Standardized testing begins in earnest and test prep courses are offered at Whitfield. Students take a class in the third trimester with their college counselor that allows them to learn how to identify and research good fit colleges as well as begin to prepare application materials. The programming continues into the summer when workshops are offered to allow students to complete applications before the senior year begins.
- Theme: Managing the application and final college selection process.
- Programming: Work continues on a one-to-one basis between the student, family and college counselor. Seniors take a class with their college counselor from the beginning of school through December. After that, work continues through the advisory program. The college counselors are involved in helping students and families manage each step of the college application and selection process including application completion and proofing, essay development, resume construction, financial aid and scholarship applications, and assistance with special opportunities like athletic recruiting, honors programs, and leadership programs.
In addition to this website and Family Connection, the Whitfield School College Counseling Facebook page and Twitter feed update parents and students about new programs, college visits, and more. You are welcome to visit and "like" Whitfield's college counseling Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.