The college guidance process is an integral part of the total experience of a Saint Andrew's education. Our goal in the Upper School is to prepare our students in mind, body and spirit for success in college and in life. The College Guidance Office (CGO) at Saint Andrew's School recognizes the vast diversity in students and families and therefore provides individual guidance throughout the college admission process. Our college counselors strive to be leaders in the college admissions field and work on committees such as the National Merit Scholarship program, as well as sitting on university advisory boards, and serving as consultants to educational organizations and schools. We are also involved in regional, national and international college admissions organizations, and actively cultivate relationships with college and university admissions offices. Our hope is that all families make extensive use of the personal service our college counselors provide as well as the other resources that are available to you through the CGO.
The college guidance program is designed to complement this personal relationship and provide resources for students and parents who want to learn more about our office and the events we sponsor. The College Guidance Office coordinates a four-year program that utilizes the assessments for self-discover and career exploration, making extensive use of the Naviance
, the leading provider of college and career planning and advising systems for secondary schools in the world. Our office runs numerous programs that bring leading experts in the college admissions and financial aid field on a regular basis. It also hosts an annual college fair that brings over 200 colleges and universities to the Saint Andrew’s campus as well as over 120 individual college visits further enhancing the personal relationships with college admissions offices. Aspects of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT and college essay writing are integrated into the curriculum and college admissions test preparation classes are offered on campus for all of these testing programs. In the fall of the 11th grade year, students are linked with a college counselor who provides personalized assistance with every facet of the college admissions process.
The college counseling program is firmly grounded in the belief that discovering good matches between students and post-secondary institutions is what the college admissions process is all about. This process is an exciting one, filled with opportunities for self-discovery. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about college counseling at Saint Andrew's. We look forward to working with you and welcome your questions about our office and program.