College Counseling Mission Statement and Overview
The goal of the Oregon Episcopal School College Counseling program is to empower students to find the right next step for their continued education and lifelong learning through a process of reflection, research, and exploration of options. The college admissions process—because it involves planning for the future, a range of options, and a good dose of uncertainty—is both exciting and daunting. The college counselors guide and support students through all stages of researching and applying to college and view parents as our partners in this endeavor. Because this is a prime learning opportunity for students, they are encouraged to take ownership of the process. Our goal is to help each student find a college that will allow him/her to flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally, both in and beyond the classroom experience. In addition, we want students to understand the key skills and steps involved in investigating and seeking educational and career opportunities.
Students learn to reflect on their goals, needs, and priorities; to research options in a thorough and thoughtful manner; and to present themselves effectively. We talk with seniors about making the transition into college and encourage them to begin thinking about how they are going to make the most of this experience. We want them to understand that what they do in college is more important than where they attend college.
College Counseling at OES — Key Components
- Students and parents from grades 9-12 are encouraged to contact the college counselors with questions regarding the selection of courses and activities in high school, college options and admissions, standardized testing, and paying for college.
- The college counselors begin to educate 9th grade students about the world of college and college admissions in ways appropriate to the early stage of high school.
- Sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in October.
- Juniors participate in a college counseling retreat in September that introduces them to key components of the college search and application process.
- During the winter juniors have a question and answer session with admissions deans.
- Juniors and their parents participate in a Case Studies Program/College Fair that involves college admission officers from around the country who lead groups of students and parents through the process of reading and evaluating college applications. A mini college fair follows the Case Studies program.
- In the spring of the junior year, students are given advice on completing applications and drafting college essays.
- Juniors and seniors attend sessions with visiting college admission representatives (over 100 colleges visit OES each year).
- Individual meetings with students (and their parents) begin in January of the junior year and continue through the senior year.
College Nights for Parents
- 9th Grade: Finding Balance and Making Wise Choices in a College Preparatory School
- 10th Grade: Introduction to College Counseling (researching options and applying to college)
- 11th Grade: Junior College Panel (college admission deans and parents offer perspective and advice on the college admission process)
- 12th Grade: Senior College Night (maintaining a sense of perspective/practical information on supporting your senior in the application process)
- All Grades: Financing a College Education (presentation from a college financial aid director)