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.
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.
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.