Casady's two full-time College Counselors are supported as professionals and specialists in college admission and are solely dedicated to guiding families through the process. They travel extensively to visit colleges and universities and are actively engaged in the leadership of national professional organizations and in the national dialogue around college admission practices, trends and philosophy. In keeping with Casady School's mission, our College Counselors challenge students to approach the wide index range of possibilities available to them with an open mind and to apply the tools of inquiry they have mastered to this exploration. At the same time, the College Counselors ask students to look to the self-knowledge they have gained from a Casady education to seek a set of potential college choices that represent a meaningful bridge from their present state of development and interests to their future goals and aspirations. The College Counseling Team accompanies the students through this process, from initial self-assessment, to creating and researching college lists, to the final decision of where they will spend their next four years. Best college fit is the goal of the College Counseling Program for each Casady student.
Students can only find real success if they are empowered and allowed to take the lead, while parents, teachers and counselors partner to support, advise and follow the students' responsible and active leadership of the college process, all with the ultimate aim to find the best college match.
WHERE COLLEGE READINESS STARTS
Casady believes strongly that the initial high school years are to be spent in discovery and cultivation of interests and community relationships, and that allowing students to focus on their school experiences in those years, without explicit preoccupation with the college process, will ultimately lead to the greatest success and most productive engagement with the process in the junior and senior years.
The College Counseling Program first engages parents during 9th and 10th grade College Night. The counselors provide an overview of our philosophy of “best college fit” and encourage families to think of “fit” in terms of passions, learning style, preferences, ability to pay, and ability to gain admission. In addition, the College Counseling Team discusses a brief list of things both students and parents can do to seize the opportunities at Casady, while also making themselves competitive for college admissions.
The College Counseling Team believes that the middle of the 11th grade year is the best time to begin serious occupation with the college search process; at that point, students have the perspective to reflect meaningfully on themselves and on the college landscape and can begin to make choices and distinctions that will shape their application list--always with an eye to an honest self-assessment and thoughtful, research-based, understanding of potential college “matches.” Casady students report a high rate of satisfaction with the process and with their college decisions, and the School culture celebrates each of those individual choices for the personal decision and meaningful step into the future that it represents.
COLLEGE PREPARATION WORKSHOPS AND SEMINAR
Casady's College Counseling Program earnestly engages 11th grade families with the Dean’s Fly-In Program in January, as well as individual meetings that begin immediately after and extend through the end of senior year. Also beginning in January of the 11th grade year, students meet in small groups with both College Counselors to fill out their 11th grade College Questionnaire, research colleges, interact with Method Test Prep, and begin filling out the Common Application. In the summer, rising seniors are required to attend application boot camp where they complete the Common Application and begin drafting essays. With a wide range of programming offered throughout the year for students and parents, the College Counseling Office is a complete “one-stop shop” for preparing for and applying to colleges. Everything is informed by the Casady mission and based on a close knowledge of the Casady curriculum and community.
Casady and its programs are well-known in college admissions offices nationally, and our students are recognized as valuable contributors to classrooms and communities, well equipped to hit the ground running and make a difference in the colleges they attend. Casady's College Counseling Office annually hosts over 50 college admission representatives who visit in the fall and spring to meet with our 11th and 12th grade students.
WHERE CASADY SCHOOL STUDENTS MATRICULATE
Casady is proud of the diversity of our students' choices, and excited by their adventurous spirit. Click the "College Matriculation" button to see where this year's graduates have matriculated. The College Counseling Team looks forward to joining you as you seek the next destination on the journey you have begun at Casady School.