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College Counseling

The college application process can be complex and challenging. At The Marvelwood School, we begin the process in January of junior year with a series of class meetings to introduce the Common Application and Naviance platforms, provide login information and initial registration codes, and address questions. After spring break, we normally take the junior class to the Kent School College Fair nearby, and we’re currently waiting to hear if that event, to which parents are invited, will resume in 2022. Then on our Family Weekend in late April we meet with students and parents in small group and one-to-one sessions. Together, we assess student interests, discuss career goals, weigh the importance of factors such as location, cost, size, and extracurricular activities, and gain a sense of the range of selectivity a student should have in mind in his or her college search.

For the remainder of the process, counselors meet with each student individually. We help identify schools that will meet his or her needs academically and provide an appropriate environment for continuing personal and intellectual growth. We do not, however, pick schools "out of the air." We are in the business of enabling students to see a match, and then aiding them in making that match with colleges throughout the application process. We visit college campuses, attend professional conferences and workshops, and host dozens of college representatives on campus (or virtually) each fall. We offer informed advice to students and their parents at every stage in the transition from Skiff Mountain to the future, and we value the relationships we establish with families over the course of our counseling efforts.

We look forward to working with you!