College Counseling Overview

Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie NY GraduatesThe mission of Oakwood’s College Counseling Program is to build personal relationships with Upper School students that encourage their exploration, support their growth, and assist them in moving confidently from the Oakwood community to the next stage of life.

The college counselor works with students beginning in 9th grade to ensure they are adapting to the Upper School and are on their own unique path for progression through high school. In 10th grade the focus shifts to the students discovering more about themselves and what they envision for life after Oakwood. In 11th grade, education about the college process and exposure to the options available begins. The main focus of 12th grade is completing applications, transitioning from Oakwood, and making the right decision for each student’s post-secondary school plan. Oakwood’s College Counseling Program supports students interested in attending college, enlisting in the military, enrolling in a post-graduate year, taking a gap year, or working right after high-school.

Program highlights include:

  • Naviance software access
  • Visits from over seventy college representatives
  • Trips to colleges
  • Mock application review led by admissions professionals
  • Parent programming during each stage of the process
  • SAT/ACT/TOEFL Prep classes offered
  • Access to college fairs
  • Transportation to SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams
  • Summer and evening workshops on completing applications and writing college essays
  • Individual parent and student meetings

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