The college planning process
The college placement program at “The Prep” boasts an impressive track record of student acceptance to prestigious collegiate institutions. Annually, the majority of outgoing seniors will ascend to colleges categorized as “Most Competitive” and “Highly Competitive.”
While many college placement programs focus on placing a percentage of graduates in various matriculation “buckets,” our program revolves around the strengths and goals of each individual student. Each young man receives individualized attention and counsel to address the items on his college wish list. The ultimate goal of the college placement program is to guide families towards a college choice that fits their student’s academic, social and career aspirations, by providing practical and comprehensive college planning services.
In the Freshman and Sophomore years, college planning begins as a series of discussions, with a heavy focus on building a solid foundation for future success. Students are counseled on course selection to ensure that they are optimizing their academic efforts and embracing both strengths and weaknesses. Students are encouraged to explore extracurricular activities and immerse themselves in activities, both inside the walls of The Prep, and in their communities. At every opportunity, students will also receive advisement regarding standardized testing.
In the fall of Junior year, a two-year comprehensive college program formally begins with the College Planning Kick-Off & the College Representatives Night. The College Information Night for Juniors, hosted in the winter, builds on takeaways and learning from fall programming. During this time, students and families schedule individual appointments to meet their college counselor, refine their search based on information received during college planning events and set goals for the future. Follow-up meetings may also be scheduled with the student’s college counselor in the spring and summer months if required.
In the fall of Senior year, students attend multiple in-school seminars to assist with the nuts and bolts of the college application process. The college placement department hosts over 100 college representative visits, and students can attend college information sessions hosted by these representatives. The department will host Financial Aid Night to demystify the financial aid process, and ensure that families are maximizing opportunities to receive financial assistance. We understand the multitude of factors you need to consider throughout the college selection process. As letters of acceptance and financial aid packages are received, we encourage you to reach out to our department for assistance in making a sound final decision.