College Counseling

Our college counseling philosophy is to find the right college list for each student, through self-exploration, self-knowledge, and realistic goal setting. We help students find colleges and universities where they can continue to thrive as they have at Flexschool!

Our Focus: Course Selection & Extracurricular Goals

College counseling begins during freshman year, as counselors get to know students and their evolving goals. Our focus is on course selection and extracurricular goals rather than focusing on college too early. Our discussions about standardized testing take place during the spring of sophomore year so that we can help students make a sane test prep and testing schedule. The college journey really begins during junior year! In the fall, we meet with families to create an initial college list, which is refined by college visits, GPA, and standardized test scores. In the winter, we explore career assessment and how personality shapes college choices. Of course, we continue to discuss college choices, majors, and testing. We help students with college essays and applications during the fall of senior year, and teachers and counselors prepare recommendations that reflect each student’s uniqueness.
Creating the right college list is an art, especially for those who are gifted and may have some challenges. The information gathered from an in-depth interview with the student and his or her parents is used to compile a college list tailored to the strengths of the student. We also consider how capable students are when advocating for themselves, whether they can complete the colleges’ graduation requirements in areas where they are not strong, and how able they are to produce work and meet deadlines. An appropriate college list makes senior year less stressful and your household more peaceful. In addition, each student receives application advice, activity sheet editing, advice for securing recommendation letters, guidance in deciding which college to attend after being admitted, and any other necessary consultations.