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 and preparing them for independent life after high school. Woodstock Day School’s College Counseling Team, composed of Guidance Teacher Elizabeth Koelmel, 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 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 College Counselor/Guidance Teacher introduces the college search process to Juniors via a weekly College Seminar. Weekly discussions cover the college search process, students’ concerns, and discussions and activities that help Juniors to identify their particular learning styles, strengths and talents as well as their personalities and preferences. Families have the opportunity to meet privately with College Counselor to develop an appropriate list of colleges, Gap Year programs, or other post-high school options to explore.
Seniors also meet for a weekly seminar throughout their final year of high school. The fall semester focuses on more of the immediate and specific issues related to college applications, such as 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). The spring semester focuses on life after high school, tackling the anxieties that might surround leaving home and leaving the environment of WDS, and plenty of discussion about how to stay safe and healthy in college and in the world.