College-ready, that is! I had a chance to sit down with Director of College Counseling Lawrence Alexander to talk about what sets The White Mountain School and our college counseling department apart from other schools.
White Mountain recognizes the need to develop students as independent learners. A few years ago, we developed the Essential Skills and Habits for College Success after considerable research and feedback from college admission offices and academic deans at the college level. Our inquiry-driven curriculum and culture of engagement help students develop the skills and habits that correlate with college success.
Colleges are also noticing how well we prepare our students. Our students thrive in environments that are academically rigorous. Recent college acceptances include Bates College, Cornell University, University of California Davis, Barnard College, Smith College, Boston University and The Ohio State University.
“For a while, I was really unsure of where to apply early decision, but I knew I felt strongly about Bates College. After much conversation, Lawrence clearly laid out my options and we lined up the places I felt strongly about. I ended up choosing Bates because I wanted a liberal arts education where there would be a strong sense of community and easy access to professors, like at White Mountain,” states Sarah Abbott, a senior who was accepted early decision at Bates College this past fall.
Timing is important for juniors, as it sets them up well for the application season their senior year. Test preparation, course advising, timelines–this is common language for juniors. Going into winter break they have a game plan and many have visited their top colleges by spring break.
“We start early. We want to ensure that every student is college ready and as prepared as possible as they apply to colleges their senior year. For example, we started having conversations as early as October 2017 for the Class of 2020,” stated Lawrence.
Underclassmen are also involved in the college process. Our fall College Day gives freshmen the opportunity to explore their interests and sophomores the chance to take the PSAT.
At White Mountain, we inspire students to be curious, courageous and compassionate in their academic studies and as they pursue knowledge and truth. We prepare students not only for college, but for the world.
Be sure to check out our College Counseling page on the website for more information!