Our College Counseling program, directed by an experienced college counselor and a team of faculty advisors, focuses on personal attention throughout the college process to help students and parents navigate what can often seem an overwhelming process. We get to know every student personally, meeting with them frequently and conferring regularly with their teachers and parents. Additionally, we encourage students to engage in a process of self-discovery through self-inventory exercises, reflection, and introspection. Together, we build a customized application strategy for each student that takes into account their personality, passions, interests, and academic performance.
Planning For The Future
Technology is an integral part of our college counseling program. Beginning in 8th grade, students meet with their advisors to navigate the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum. The Naviance Curriculum provides students with lessons that cover a broad-range of topics designed to guide students at each grade level through the steps they need to take to be ready for transitioning from middle school to high school or planning for life after high school. In addition, we use Naviance’s “Family Connection,” a college and career-planning portal for students and families including self-discovery assessments, goal setting, college research tools, course planning, career exploration resources, and individual learning plans.
Family Connection allows students and families to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
- Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
- Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
- Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.
Family Connection also lets the College Counseling Office share information about upcoming meetings and events, local and national scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information. In 2016, our seniors received $3.8 million in merit aid! College acceptances included Cornell University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, Fordham University, Lehigh University, UCLA, and Case Western Reserve.
Insight, Information, Inquiry
Stuart Hall ushers students through a system of exposure to colleges, admissions officers, testing resources, and more. A typical experience with our College Counseling program includes the following:
- 9th-12th grade college fairs introduce students to various schools that may interest them, nationwide. Students are exposed to anywhere from 80-100 of the nation's best colleges and universities, and begin to explore options for the future.
- Day college trips provide opportunities for our students to visit a combination of schools - public and private; small, medium, and large. We want to give our students the experience of what an official college visit will be like and what they should be looking for and doing when they are on their own visiting other colleges and universities.
- Admissions visits to Stuart Hall's campus provide opportunities for our students to meet with an average of 35 admissions officers from colleges in and near Virginia. Students can introduce themselves to the admissions staff and get to know schools on a more personal level.
- The College Admissions Panel provides parents and students exposure to regional admissions professionals to engage in Q&A, gather information about the upcoming process and engage in discussions regarding hot topics such as early admissions, transferring AP credits, building a college list and more.