In preparing our students’ hearts and minds for lives of learning, leadership and service, we also prepare them for selective college admissions, which is formalized in a college counseling curriculum that begins in eighth grade and carries students through upper school.
As a college preparatory school, 100 percent of St. Margaret’s students enroll in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. St. Margaret’s minimum graduation course requirements exceed the curriculum expectations of the University of California and those of almost every college and university in the country. We are proud of all our students’ accomplishments, and the college advising experience we have created recognizes each student’s gifts and abilities. Choosing a college is an opportunity for students to further develop interests, define talents, and to consider their own individual ideas, stances and values. College counseling at St. Margaret’s will help students find college environments which best fit their unique talents and interests.
St. Margaret’s college counselors recognize the important role that parents have in the lives of their children as they transition into young adults. As such, we keep parents involved and informed by sponsoring group informational meetings throughout the year, and counselors are available to parents as needed. We are mindful that individual family situations, cultures and resources are important factors that may affect a student’s college choice.
The location of the college counseling office suite is at the physical heart of the upper school, which allows every student access to college counselors and college admission resources. Our open offices represent not only the accessibility of college counselors, but also the transparency of college counseling at St. Margaret’s.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School’s college counseling office works closely with our students, encouraging them in their growth and pursuit of intellectual, athletic and creative endeavors through the upper school years. During the second half of junior year, the college counseling curriculum intensifies. The college counselors help students and their families explore the full-range of post-secondary options and find the one that will continue to challenge academically and align with their goals, values and interests. Some components of the curriculum include: assisting students in academic planning, workshops for students and parents on the nuts and bolts of the college application, including the essay; advice to students on visiting colleges and admission interviews; regular communication with the St. Margaret’s community to share important information on applying to college; and providing support to the deans and academic advisors on issues pertinent to student preparation for college.