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 Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP) 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.
W+H has a special place in my heart. There I learned that there are no boundaries. Now that I am taking rigourous courses in college, it is clear that W+H has prepared me exceptionally well. Many of the skills I learned at W+H, from time-management to a strong work ethic, are transferring over to Rice and are helping me tremendously. It is the culture of personal care at W+H that really makes it special; the environment fosters learning and encourages students to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Looking back, I could not have asked for a more valuable high school experience.
Astitva Soni '16