College Counseling

Our college counseling philosophy is to find the right college list for each student, through self-exploration, self-knowledge, and realistic goal setting. We help students find colleges and universities where they can continue to thrive as they have at Flexschool!

Our college counselor works with the heads of school to make sure that the academic selections for freshman and sophomore year are creating a transcript that supports the student’s academic goals. Our focus is on course selection and extracurricular goals rather than focusing on college too early. During junior year the college journey really begins! Trudy Hanmer, our college counselor, then meets with juniors to get to know each student and further explore his/her/their evolving goals. Our discussions about standardized testing take place during the spring of sophomore year so that we can help students make a sane test prep and testing schedule. During the winter, we meet with families to create an initial college list, which is refined by college visits, GPA, and standardized test scores. We help students with college essays and applications during the fall of senior year (though we encourage them to start over the summer!), and teachers and counselors know the students well and prepare recommendations that reflect each student’s uniqueness.

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Creating the right college list is an art, especially for those who are gifted and may have some challenges. The information gathered from an in-depth interview with the student and his or her parents is used to compile a college list tailored to the strengths of the student. We also consider how capable students are when advocating for themselves, whether they can complete the colleges’ graduation requirements in areas where they are not strong, and how able they are to produce work and meet deadlines. An appropriate college list makes senior year less stressful and your household more peaceful. In addition, each student receives application advice, activity sheet editing, advice for securing recommendation writers and for helping letter writers to write helpful recommendations, guidance in deciding which college to attend after being admitted, and any other necessary consultations.

We provide personalized attention to each of our student’s families. We are devoted to educating and guiding students through each step of the application process, helping students to identify the schools that will match who they are and whom they hope to become. Our goal is to assist our students in securing admission to the schools that are the best match for them — colleges where they will be most successful and happy.

We work one-on-one to design plans that will help each family make the most informed decisions. Through this counseling process, students gain an increasing awareness of their own strengths, weaknesses, passions, interests, and goals. Each student works with the same counselor throughout the process so that each session builds upon the previous one.

Our college counseling philosophy is to find the right college list for each student, through self-exploration, self-knowledge, and realistic goal setting. We help students find colleges and universities where they can continue to thrive as they have in Flexschool!

College counseling begins during freshman year, as counselors get to know students and their evolving goals. Our focus is on course selection and extracurricular goals rather than focusing on college too early. Our discussions about standardized testing take place during the spring of sophomore year so that we can help students make a sane test prep and testing schedule. During junior year the college journey really begins! In the fall, we meet with families to create an initial college list, which is refined by college visits, GPA, and standardized test scores. In the winter, we explore career assessment and how personality shapes college choices. Of course, we continue to discuss college choices, majors, and testing. We help students with college essays and applications during the fall of senior year, and teachers and counselors prepare recommendations that reflect each student’s uniqueness.


FlexSchool College Manual 2020


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