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

  • Antilles College Fair Photos

    9.20.13

    Many island high school students, parents, guidance counselors and teachers joined in at the College Fair at the MCM on September 13. CLICK TO SEE PHOTO GALLERY.

  • College Week in the Caribbean – College Fair at Antilles School

    3.1.13

    In association with College Week in the Caribbean, Antilles School is hosting a College Fair on March 11 at the Mark C. Marin Center. Visiting colleges and universities will include: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida International University, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales University, Manhattan College, Marymount Manhattan College, Pennsylvania State University, Pine Manor College, Rider University, Saint Thomas University, Stevenson University, the US Naval Academy, and University of Dayton. For more information, contact Chris Teare at cteare@antilles.vi.

  • ACT Prep Class for the April 13th Test

    2.21.13

    Mr. Bergeron and Dr. Black are offering an ACT preparation course on Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning the week of March 4. This is a six-week course. Please contact gbergeron@antilles.vi or lblack@antilles.vi for more information. Register in the school’s business office.

  • Important Date Change: ACT PLAN test offered to 10th and 11th Grade Students

    11.4.11

    On Monday, November 14 at 8:15, all 10th and 11th grade students will sit for the ACT PLAN* test. This test was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at 9:00AM, but due to unforeseen athletic scheduling, we have chosen to administer the test to all sophomores and juniors on a school day. There will be no additional charge to students for taking this test.

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  • Highly Selective College Presentation

    9.28.11

    Next Thursday, October 6th, at 7 pm in the Kimelman Library, Georgetown University’s Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Jaime Briseno, will speak about Georgetown in particular and highly selective college admissions in general.

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