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College Counseling

 

College Counseling Team

In keeping with our mission, the College Counseling program at WDS supports our students as individuals, helping them to find the right next step for their particular passions.  Woodstock Day School’s College Counseling Team, composed of independent educational consultant and former college admission director, Sandra M. Moore, and our Senior Advisors, works with students in groups and on an individualized basis. The team maintains communication with a variety of colleges and universities; coordinates their visits to WDS; and regularly updates a college reference library, including information on financial aid. Equally important, our College Counseling Team is committed to providing customized, one-on-one advising that helps guide each WDS student through the college search and admission and financial aid application processes with their strengths in mind and their interests at heart.

 

College Counseling Process

Each winter, our consultant Sandra introduces the college search process to Juniors via a multi-phase College Seminar. One period each week is devoted to an overview of the college search process and discussions of “hot topics” and students’ concerns. Subsequently, Sandra leads students through a self-assessment phase in order to identify their particular learning styles, strengths and talents as well as their personalities and preferences. She then meets individually with each Junior family to develop an appropriate list of colleges to explore. The College Seminar resumes in September of the Senior Year and continues through December. At this stage, issues of more immediate and specific nature are addressed (e.g. tackling the Common Application, brainstorming essay topics, role-playing prior to college interviews, arranging for teacher recommendation letters, etc. Also discussed are the nuts-and-bolts of the application process: the importance of meeting deadlines, reporting test scores to colleges, and the need-based financial aid application process). Because of the College Seminar, Sandra’s one-on-one meetings with Senior parents and students become more fruitful; she is able to swiftly identify and address each family’s individual concerns and needs.