Unique to our Upper School program is the philosophy that planning for the future doesn't start in your senior year. Nor does it begin with thinking about what college you want to go to, or what major you are going to pick.
Instead, students are encouraged to think intentionally when they transition to Upper School about the kind of person they want to be, the leadership opportunities they want to pursue, and even which community service options can best engage and inspire in them a true interest in giving back.
"Our students are recognized for their academic achievements, but more than that, they are valued for all of the other things they bring to the table. When they enter Upper School, they start to work on a resume that paints a complete picture of who they are so that by the time they enter their senior year and are ready to apply, each college already understands what each student has to offer,” said Director of College Counseling Dr. Isabel Borrás Marín.
College fairs in the fall and winter also bring dozens of representatives to our campus each year, and with all Upper School grades encouraged to participate, students begin forming relationships that can span two, three, or even four years.
"Many of the institutions that come to see us send the same representative every year," Dr. B said. "It doesn't mater if you are in ninth grade and just starting to look around or in 12th grade, when you generally know where you are applying, each student is able to get to know the college and its representatives, talk to them, and ask questions. The students know who they are dealing with, and the colleges know our kids.”
The next fair, scheduled for October 7, will bring a variety of options - from Syracuse University in New York to the Universidad Iberoamericana Unibe in the Dominican Republic - for students to consider. Pairing the interests of each student with the best college or university is also a key part of our philosophy.
It's called "the magic of the match."
"For everything that our students are passionate about or interested in pursuing, there is a program. They can stay at home, they can go abroad, they can do anything they put their minds to, and finding the right place for them is how we are able to set them up for success," said Dr. B.