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College Counseling

The College Counseling Program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School mirrors the mission of the school to prepare students for the next step in a world of global interconnection. The Office provides opportunities for students and families to learn more about all aspects of the college admission process. The emphasis of the program is on guiding each student through a process of learning and discovery that will culminate in admission to the colleges that best match the student's interest and strengths, and will offer them the appropriate academic and personal challenges following graduation. Our goal is to ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge to navigate the college process effectively so that they can make the best selection for their undergraduate experience.

Through programs for parents of freshmen through seniors, families are exposed to the realities of the ever-shifting college landscape. Formal college counseling begins in the junior year with classes, taught by the College Counselors, in which the focus is on mentoring students as they assess their strengths and aspirations. The course for juniors includes topics such as making the most of the college visit, essay writing, and completing a college application. Through individual meetings with juniors and their parents, the College Counselors help students to create an appropriate list of colleges to investigate. While we believe that students need to play the lead role in the process, we provide support and encourage parents to work closely with us in preparing their children as they navigate this exciting and defining step in their passage to adulthood. As members of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and dedicated counselors, we uphold W+H’s greatest core value of integrity by adhering to The Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission and encouraging our students and families to do the same. 

In the Fall, the College Counselors meet with seniors in a weekly class that focuses on the details of the application process. More than 100 college admissions officers visit Wardlaw+Hartridge in the opening months of school, providing information and contact for seniors and juniors. The visits also provide the College Counselors with an opportunity to build strong relationships with college admissions offices - an integral part of our ability to give full support to our seniors’ applications.


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W+H is certainly unique in how much each individual student can really do over the course of their education. The breadth and depth of my experience was certainly instrumental in me standing out to admissions officers and my acceptance into my top choice school. I would not have been able to accomplish any of the variety of things that I have over my time at W+H without the help of each and every teacher, from Lower School all the way to senior year. They not only provided me with knowledge and skills across disciplines, but also allowed me to cultivate my academic curiosity and stretch my potential higher and higher.

Neil Shah '21     

Ms. Sarah Whittemore Honan

Director of College Counseling

Ms. Alayne Birnhak

Associate Director of College Counseling

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Meet Lisa Li '21

"I am so grateful to have Ms. Honan to be my college counselor, who has always been communicating with me, supporting me and addressing all my concerns during the stressful college application process. She is so dedicated that she has given me great help from navigating my whole application process to revising and proofreading every essay and supplement."

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Meet Noah Apter '21

"Mr. Teare guided me with wisdom and total support from beginning to end of the college process. Not a day went by when we didn’t touch base or communicate in some way. I count his honest and profound advice and guidance as one of the major factors in my admission to Penn.”

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Meet Jessie Ni '21

"In terms of college counseling, Mrs. Honan was THE PERFECT advisor for me. She is always on top of things. She is always in touch with admission officers and she teaches me how to communicate with them effectively. She holds passion in her work and she is great at it. From college list, to application details, to essays, she guided me through everything I once worried about."

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Meet Zain Lee-Briggs '21

“Mr. Teare is very knowledgeable about the college application process and I found his personal experiences to be indispensable. Meeting and speaking with him about different worries, struggles and concerns throughout the college application process really helped me create the best application I possibly could.”

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Meet Cami Martinez '21

“The Capstone class within the Global Scholars Program at W+H has prepared me for future success in college. It provided me with the opportunity to conduct original research that I never thought I would be doing during my time in high school. It has given me an early start to conduct research which I hope to continue at Carnegie Mellon.”

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Meet Ariana Di Landro '21

The biggest aspect of my W+H experience is the intimate community I have formed. I have learned what loyalty means and how to gain one’s trust. The close relationships I have formed with certain teachers have helped me see the world from an adult perspective and challenged me academically in the classroom setting to become a diligent worker and curious thinker. These relationships have made me become the best version of myself and I can't wait to discover similar, if possible, stronger relationships at a top university like Princeton.”

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