|At Brimmer and May we approach the college process in an individualized way and seek to match every student with the best possible college choice for his or her specific needs and qualifications. Upper School students work closely with their advisors and the college counselor to plan a strong program of study commensurate with their ability, interests, and future college plans. |
Throughout the year Brimmer and May welcomes a number of admissions professionals to the campus. In addition, the college counselor travels to numerous college campuses and attends professional conferences throughout the United States and abroad. As the principal advocate for each Brimmer and May student in the admissions process, the college counselor strives to get to know each student well through individual meetings and in the classroom.
Practice for standardized testing begins with the PSAT, which is given to students in both grades 10 and 11. Additional testing preparation takes place within the context of the classroom curriculum and upon arrangement with teachers.
The college counseling process begins formally in the junior year in October when juniors and their parents are invited to join the seniors at the College Counseling Evening.
In February the juniors and their parents have a separate evening with the college counselor to carefully review college search procedures, testing information, and the college application process calendar for the coming year and a half. Parents of juniors also set up individual appointments with the college counselor during the second semester. A college list is created and discussed at this time.
In May and June the junior class meets as a group with the college counselor several times to go over procedures, receive an updated calendar of events and dates, and discuss plans for the summer regarding the college search. During the senior year, students participate in a college counseling class once a week during the first semester. Students address topics and procedures related to the college search and application process, including the college visit, interview, application, and essay. Throughout the school year there are also several evening programs on the admissions and financial aid process. Second semester, seniors enroll in a course entitled Transitional Issues. This course is designed to help students make the transition from high school to college, with the focus on students assuming greater responsibilities.