The College Guidance Office provides information and guidance to assist students in creating post-secondary options that best suit each student's academic, social, and emotional needs. The goal is for all students to have several appropriate options for further education, either formal or alternative. The office is prepared to help students explore options including two- and four-year colleges as well as other non-traditional opportunities. 

College Guidance Process

Sophomore Year
During sophomore year, students begin to engage in all aspects of the college search process. Students should begin researching schools online and compiling a list of potential schools that fit their size, location, and academic needs. Sophomores work with both their learning specialist and director of college guidance to begin to identify post-secondary goals and potential colleges or universities that meet those goals. During January, parents are invited to attend a special college might presentation that will identify the procedures and process related to the college search and obtaining update educational testing. In the second semester, the director of college guidance will begin to guest lecture in metacognition classes on various college related topics including selecting appropriate colleges based on student interest, academic support in college, the importance of standardized testing, the college admissions process, etc. Overall, the individualized approach to the college search begins during this year with a specific focus on identifying post-secondary goals.
 
Junior Year
At the beginning of the junior year, the director of college guidance will guest lecture in metacognition classes on the timeline of the college admissions process. Additionally, students will be afforded the opportunity to take the PSATs in October. Students are encouraged to make individualized appointments with the director of college guidance throughout the first semester to outline specific goals and tasks that relate to the college search process. During January, parents are invited to attend a special college night presentation that will identify the procedures and process related to the college search and obtaining update educational testing. During the spring semester, students are enrolled in a college guidance course that meets once a cycle. The course is designed to assist students with the beginning of the college search process and assist with selecting appropriate colleges and universities based on individualized student needs and preferences. The course will also cover a variety of college related topics including the Common Application, writing a college resume, community service, major and career surveys, etc. Families are also encouraged to make appointments with the director of college guidance in the spring semester to begin the college search and visit process. Overall, the students and families of the junior class are able to create, explore, and refine post-secondary educational plans in the supportive environment of Woodlynde school. 

Senior Year
On the first day of school, all seniors take part in a Mock Interview Day, where local college admissions representatives come to Woodlynde to overview the admissions process and put students through mock college interviews. There will be a parent presentation on the third evening of school that overviews the college admissions timeline as well as other specific college factors that affect senior students. The College Guidance 12 course will meet twice a cycle for the fall semester and will primarily focus on applying to colleges and universities. Once the majority of students are finished with the actual applications, the College Guidance 12 course will focus on a variety of topics that are pertinent to a student’s freshman year of college, including time management, utilizing academic support services, scheduling classes, identifying and choosing student activities, etc. Families are encouraged to have open communication with the director of college guidance in order to best facilitate and manage applications and other post-secondary educational plans. The College Guidance 12 course concludes at the end of the fall semester, but students and families are encouraged and welcome to maintain contact with the director of college guidance throughout the year in order to finalize college plans.

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    A College Handbook is provided to assist Woodlynde students and their parents as they research and formulate post-graduate plans. It includes information on college admissions, college planning timelines, and financial aid.

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Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.