College Counseling

We believe there is an appropriate college for each unique individual who graduates from Antilles.

The philosophy that guides our practice is captured in the phrase, “Finding a College That Fits.” Our college counselor works with students and their parents to educate them about a wide range of options, helps identify appropriate places to apply, assists students in all aspects of filing their applications, advocates for them once they are candidates, and works with them as needed throughout the entire process, even on financial aid negotiations, in order to seek the best “fit” at the best price. We work hard to make the individual college counseling process as personal as possible.

We begin talking with students and parents in 9 th Grade, to be sure that students and parents understand how college admissions officers evaluate candidates. Regular announcements in Upper School Morning Meeting about college programs, visits of representatives to Antilles, the testing calendar, the successes of seniors, and opportunities to apply for scholarships are intended especially for Seniors and increasingly for Juniors as the year goes along, but Sophomores and Freshmen also have the chance to learn the process.

Throughout the school year representatives of colleges from throughout the United States visit Antilles. In 11th grade, all students meet twice a week with the college counselor in Junior College Workshop to begin the process of self-evaluation, test registration, preparation, and college exploration. During Spring Break, the school organizes a stateside college tour so 11th graders can visit campuses. Senior College Workshop continues the process by assisting students in finalizing their lists and filing their applications. College Counseling continues throughout the 12th grade, until seniors make their final selections.

List of Schools...

That Visit Us
Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford

Where Students are Accepted & Attending
View our college matriculation »

College Workshop

College Workshop is a two-semester course that begins in January of the junior year and concludes at the end of December of the senior year.

In the Junior College Workshop, students begin the process of self-evaluation, using The Fiske Guide To Getting Into The Right College. They register and prepare for ACTs and SATs, and begin the research necessary to develop an appropriate list of colleges. During the March vacation, students have the option of joining a school-facilitated College Visits tour of stateside campuses. Also during second semester, especially in the spring, students and parents meet individually with the college counselor in order to refine their searches.

In the fall, the Senior College Workshop concentrates on topics of finalizing the college list, acquiring and completing applications for both admissions and financial aid, writing effective personal essays and securing teacher recommendations.

Even though the course ends in December, individual student/parent or guardian meetings with the college counselor continue well into the spring of senior year, as students choose between different offers and negotiate on financial aid. Our work is generally not done until May, once every senior has an appropriate and affordable option for the fall after graduation.

Chris's Corner

About Chris

Chris Teare, our Director of College Counseling, has visited more than 200 college campuses, and nurtured a strong network of relationships with college admission officers over 30 years. He is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling, and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. He has written a series of newspaper columns, “Finding A College That Fits,” for the Virgin Islands Daily News. He has also written for Education Week and Independent School magazine, and is a member of the Fiske College Guide Editorial Advisory Group.

News

  • FREE Summer “Entrepreneur Business Institute”

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    5.9.14

    International Capital & Management Company (ICMC) in partnership with The University of the Virgin Islands School of Business is proud to present, “The Entrepreneur Business Institute,” (EBI) an answer to what some may say is missing in the Virgin Islands landscape for young people in the Territory.

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  • College Counseling Spring Event

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    4.25.14

    On Thursday, May 15, at 7PM, Greg Zaiser, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Planning at Elon University, will offer a talk on planning for college, including information and perspective on how to find the right college, earn an offer of admission, and pay for higher education.

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  • University of Tampa Information Session

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    1.17.14

    Students and parents interested in learning more about the University of Tampa are encouraged to attend a program at the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, January 29th, from 6-8PM. There will be a video and a chance to ask questions of admissions officers. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance at www.ut.edu/caribbean

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  • Summer Study Programs Presentation

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    1.17.14

    Students and parents interested in learning more about Summer Study Programs at Penn State, University of Colorado Boulder, or in the cities of New York, Paris and Buenos Aires are encouraged to attend a presentation on Wednesday, January 29th, from 7-8PM, in the Henry Kimelman Library at Antilles School.

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  • College Counseling Program

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    1.17.14

    Scholarship Workshop Program: Scholarship Author and Expert Marianne Ragins will be speaking in the ACC Building on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands on Thursday, January 23, from 6-9PM.

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