Upper Division
College Counseling
Casady's Dean's Fly In Program is a signature program of Casady's College Counseling Team, emphasizing their ability to cultivate strong and meaningful relationships with college admissions representatives from across the country. This is key to the success of Casady students finding the "best fit" so that they are successful in college and in the world around them.
Casady School offers a unique, one-of-a-kind Dean's Fly-In program to kickstart the formal college counseling program with 11th grade students and parents. Over the past ten years, Casady has had the incredible opportunity to bring in college admission experts from all over the country to share their expertise with our community.

“One of the best things we can do as admissions officers is connect with students early in the process. Junior year events like the Dean’s Fly-In program are amazing ways to help students and parents understand the often confusing admissions process so they can make informed decisions about their own college search. Casady School’s families are smart, engaged, and enthusiastic and I know that through this event, and other programming offered by the advising staff, they will be exceedingly well prepared when making the jump to college.” --Zachary M. Evans, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Transfer Admissions
The University of Chicago (A Top 10 University ranked by US News & World Report)
 
"The Casady School Dean's Fly-in was the perfect balance of time in OKC and professional networking- including time to connect with schools, community partners, and teaching faculty, as well as other college admissions deans. As a testament to their, The Casady School's, College Counseling Office, students and families asked thoughtful questions and were engaged throughout my time on campus. I left the program feeling excited, energized and most importantly- better informed as a college admission's dean." --Amelia Lee Conlon, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Colby College (A Top 10 Liberal Arts college in the United States by US News & World Report)

This year’s theme for the Dean's Fly In program was “Holistic Admissions.” Breakout sessions included:
  • That Personal Touch, Funny, Fitty, or Faux Pas? by Zach Evans, University of Chicago
  • Confidence, Caution, and Concerns by Kelly Bird, University of Georgia
  • Accolades, Service, and Commitment by Amelia Conlon, Colby College
  • Your Application Through the Eyes of an Admissions Counselor by Marissa Henderson, University of Oklahoma
  • The Great Big Puzzle by Casey Reed, University of Tulsa
  • Buckets, Bundles, and Beds by Josh Bottomly, Casady School
This year, parents of ninth and 10th graders were also invited to a special presentation by Adam Ingersoll, CEO of Compass Education Group, which has a national reputation among independent schools and colleges as a leading expert voice on standardized testing. Highlights of the Compass one-hour presentation included:
  • SAT or ACT: Making your best choice
  • Understanding PSAT scores and what they project
  • Test scores’ role and weight in college admissions
  • Why colleges’ testing policies vary so widely
  • Debunking the most pervasive myths about testing and admission
  • The relevance of Subject Tests at elite colleges
  • Sane and successful calendaring of testing and test prep
  • Hallmarks of high-quality test prep and strategies for self-study
The fly-in program includes a tour of downtown Oklahoma City, evening entertainment (OKC Thunder game), local dining, and on-campus meetings with Casady students, faculty, and administration.

College admissions deans who have participated in Casady's Dean's Fly-In program:

Zach Evans, University of Chicago
Kelly Bird, University of Georgia
Amelia Conlon, Colby College
Marissa Henderson, University of Oklahoma
Casey Reed, University of Tulsa
Maria Laskaris, Dartmouth College
Ferrell Armstrong, Vanderbilt University
Steve McLaughlin, Duke University
Tyler Sant, Emory University
Conor O' Rourke, Pomona College
Andrew Linnehan, Northwestern University
Henry Broaddus, College of William & Mary
John Mceachern, Boston University
Earl Johnson, Tulsa University
Wes Waggoner, Southern Methodist University
Heath Einstein, Texas Christian University
Tom Gutto, Loyola Marymount University
Nan Davis, Austin College
Brad Pochard, Furman University
Vicki Schaeffer, University of Oklahoma
Paul Gallagher, Davidson College
Joe Bagnoli, Grinnell College
Heidi Simon, University of Kansas
Allan Rameriz, Oklahoma State University

Contact Us

Janet Hubbell, Ph.D. 
Director, College Counseling
(405) 749-3150
hubbellj@casady.org 

Amanda Kisselle
Director, College Counseling 
(405) 749-3245

kissellea@casady.org

Josh Bottomly 
Associate Head of School for Academics/Director, College Counseling (interim)
(405) 749-3130

bottomlyj@casady.org


Mary Ann Cockrum
Registrar 
(405) 749-3136
cockruma@casady.org
Casady School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory, Episcopal day school serving students in pre-k-12. Educating Mind, Body, and Spirit.