The goal of the college counseling process junior year is for each student to identify her interests and strengths, develop a college list, plan college visits and draft a common application.
The formal college search process begins in January of the junior year with two individual student meetings with a college counselor followed by a parent/guardian plus student meeting with both counselors. Weekly Junior College Seminar classes also begin in January, in which students learn to identify their own strengths and what they are looking for in a college, while also learning what colleges seek in successful candidates for admission. Students research colleges, different kinds of curricula, application requirements and scholarships. They begin work on a common application in class and finish drafting it over the summer.
Grade 11 College Counseling Events
Interschool Financial Aid for College (fall). Annual evening presentation for parents/guardians in Grades 10-12. (Rotating host school.)
SAT and ACT Prep Courses (October - February). These are 24-hour courses plus seven full diagnostic tests in preparation for the Feb ACT or March SAT. These small group tutoring classes (of typically two to four students) are taught by our partner test prep company, Academic Approach for an affordable tuition, to which Spence financial aid applies.
Junior College Night (January). This evening presentation for juniors and their parents/guardians features a college admissions dean plus a panel of recent Spence alumnae.
College Admissions Case Studies Program (April). This all-morning event brings eight senior college admissions officers to Spence. They lead groups of students or parents/guardians in evaluating the same three sample college applications. Afterwards, everyone gathers in the theater to debrief each group’s admission decisions and hear a panel discussion with all of the admission officers.
DCST College Fair for students (April). Over 100 colleges and universities attend this college fair for students from Dalton, Collegiate, Spence and Trinity. Hosted by Dalton School.
Interschool College Night for parents/guardians (April). Three college admission deans discuss “the current college admissions climate” and the ways it has changed over the past generation. Hosted by Trinity School for Interschool members.