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College Counseling

Programs + Events

The College Counseling Program aims to support, educate, and advise families as they navigate high school and look ahead to college. We want students to develop a very personal approach to the college process and parents to support and guide them in this effort. The more information families have, the more confident they feel. We have designed a model of education and programming about the college process that aims to inform, calm, clarify, and inspire. Please explore our philosophy and programming designed specifically for the needs of each grade level.

FRESHMAN YEAR

As freshmen start their high school journey, it is critical that they understand that high school is not solely about getting into college. While that is one of the many life projects they will undertake, the first few years of high school are about feeling empowered to create the experiences they want to have and discovering their evolving sense of self. Fundamentally, we want freshmen to understand education is a gift. It is critical to develop a mindset and personal approach to learning that will fuel their college experience and life beyond those four years.
Our message and work with freshmen reminds them to think most importantly about:
 
  • Developing the ability to self-reflect and a sense of comfort with discovery
  • Being proactive and taking initiative
  • Leading, taking risks, and embrace challenges
  • Connecting with the community
  • Developing relationships with peers and faculty and discovering academic and personal interests
  • Discovering how they learn best and what matters to them
  • Engaging with the learning experience--academic performance and intrinsic interest in learning matter

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  • Freshman Programs

    Discussions with Freshmen: How can you feel present and empowered in high school while keeping an eye on the future? (November)— our conversations/workshops with freshmen will introduce topics and advice about how to approach the high school experience in a healthy, thoughtful way. The information we share will help students think about the skills and sense of empowerment that are critical to the application process and success as a college student.

    Academic Planning, Course Selection, and the College Process (February) This evening program will be the major college presentation for freshmen and parents . We will discuss the CH academic philosophy, curricular, and co-curricular choices. We will talk about how colleges review applicants and how academic choices and performance are considered in the college process. We will also share our philosophy and advice about how students can feel empowered to make authentic choices about high school while keeping an eye on the college application process and years beyond CH.
  • Other College-Related Programs

    Parent Q-A sessions (September, October, February, and March— hosted by College Counseling) these events are open to parents in all grade levels. They provide an open forum for questions and answers and conversation directly with members of the college counseling staff.  

    Visual and Performing Arts and the College Process— this evening program will include presentations from current CH students who are heavily involved in the arts and CH alums who have chosen to pursue a career in the visual/performing arts in college and beyond. Families will also hear from college representatives who will speak about the preparation needed to apply to these programs.

    Athletics in the College Process— parents and students interested in college athletics will learn more about playing varsity sports and the recruiting process. CH alums, college coaches, and CH college counselors and coaches will present helpful and important information about the path to playing collegiate sports.
     
    Parent Education nights hosted by the Parents' Association (PA)— these evening presentations feature speakers who address issues relevant to parenting. Many of the topics and philosophies are very helpful in navigating a healthy high school experience and college process.

    Avenues for self-discovery and reflection— through work with class deans, college counselors, advisors/advisory programming, relationships with teachers, extracurricular pursuits, and experiential education, students will have to many opportunities to develop a deeper sense of self. This level of reflection will be incredibly important in the college process. Students are challenged to think about these issues when they search for the college community that best fits with who they are and who they want to become.

    Financial Planning for College: Expert Advice, Tips, and Strategies (January)—this program is open to parents/guardians in all grade levels. A national expert will share specific advice about long term financial planning for college and how to make savvy and smart financial decisions regarding college costs.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

As students continue to grow into the high school experience, they are encouraged to stay committed to what moves and motivates them, both academically and personally. Devotion to academic discourse and hard work and creating meaningful experiences outside the classroom are cornerstones of a solid preparation for the rigor, independence, choice, and expectation of engagement that college will present.

We remind students about the importance of being “interested and interesting”. Colleges are certainly most interested in students who shed the idea of strategy and understand what it means to live a fulfilled and interesting life.

Education and programs about the college process will echo these ideas. We also introduce families to more specific details about the college search, how to approach it, and testing timeline that is relevant at the end of sophomore year.

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  • Sophomore Programs

    PSAT exam— Campbell Hall administers the PSAT to students on campus in October.

    Sophomore Parents/Guardians College Night this program provides an introduction to the college process and advice for how to use high school as a time to create a breadth of experience that help students thoughtfully prepare for the college search. This meeting will introduce topics and advice about how CH students an approach high school in a healthy, thoughtful way that is relevant to both their personal goals as well as success in the college process. We will outline our philosophy about the college search and application process. We will also help define the parents’ role at this stage of the college process, and will outline important steps and milestones in the coming year.

    Small group meetings with college counselors college counselors meet twice with small groups of sophomores during lunch to discuss topics that are relevant to college. We will help students think more clearly about their academic and personal goals and decisions. We will discuss the importance of thinking more deeply about how these decisions will help them build the skills they need to navigate a successful college process and succeed as an undergraduate.
  • Other College-Related Programs

    Parent Q-A sessions (September, October, February, and March— hosted by College Counseling) these events are open to parents in all grade levels. They provide an open forum for questions and answers and conversation directly with members of the college counseling staff.  
     
    Parent Education nights hosted by the Parents' Association (PA)— these evening presentations feature speakers who address issues relevant to parenting. Many of the topics and philosophies are very helpful in navigating a healthy high school experience and college process.
     
    Visual and Performing Arts and the College Process— this evening program will include presentations from current CH students who are heavily involved in the arts and CH alums who have chosen to pursue a career in the visual/performing arts in college and beyond. Families will also hear from a college representative who will speak to the preparation needed to apply to these programs.
     
    Athletics in the College Process— parents and students interested in college athletics will learn more about playing varsity sports and the recruiting process. CH alums, college coaches, and CH college counselors and coaches will present helpful and important information about the path to playing collegiate sports.
     
    West Coast College Tour— this five-day trip in June is open to all sophomores and juniors. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of 15 college campuses in Northern California and the Northwest.

    Financial Planning for College: Expert Advice, Tips, and Strategies (January)—this program is open to parents/guardians in all grade levels. A national expert will share specific advice about long term financial planning for college and how to make savvy and smart financial decisions regarding college costs.

JUNIOR YEAR

Welcome to what we hope is one of the most exciting years yet! Fundamentally, the college search is more about how you think and your personal perspective on life and education than what you are doing, per se. Our guidance thus far is meant to help students lay the foundation for how to genuinely embrace educational opportunities, personal and academic choices, and life projects like the college process.  

Students will begin the process in earnest starting in the fall. Juniors are assigned a college counselor and the college research process, individual and monthly class meetings with counselors, and programming will continue more regularly as students prepare for the application process next summer.

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  • Junior Programs

    College Kickoff for Junior Parents/Guardians (November) in this mandatory meeting, we will outline the year ahead, our hopes and expectations for the relationship between counselor/families, and the milestones and steps that need to be taken as the college research and application process continue to unfold. College counselors and guest speakers will address what to expect this year, the important issue of standardized testing, and a unique approach to a sophisticated, reflective college search.

    Introduction to the College Process presentation will be shared with juniors during the school day. Each college counselor will meet with their respective juniors in a group setting where the conversation about the college research and application process will begin in earnest.  

    Family, Individual, and Monthly Group Meetings starting in December, juniors have the initial family meeting with their college counselor. This is followed by individual meetings where students drop in or schedule time to meet with their counselor. Counselors also meet with their group of junior counselees once a month to discuss relevant topics, reflections on the process, and offer guidance.
     
    PSAT exam Campbell Hall administers the PSAT to students on campus in October.

    Practice ACT exam in November, Campbell Hall offers a free practice ACT exam on campus to juniors only.
     
    East Coast College Tour this annual tour of 15 colleges on the East Coast takes place during the first week of spring break. It is open to all juniors. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to see a wide variety of colleges and learn more about the criteria that are most important to them.

    West Coast College Tour this five-day trip in June is open to all sophomores and juniors. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of 15 college campuses in Northern California and the Northwest.

    Case Study Program with College Admission Officers (April) Almost 50 admissions officers from a wide variety of college across the country attend this exclusive annual event hosted by Campbell Hall, Harvard-Westlake, and Oakwood School. Juniors and parents will meet with admissions officers to review mock applications. This exercise sheds light on how admissions decisions are made and the complexities of this process. Juniors have the opportunity to learn more about these 50 colleges at a college fair held at the end of the program.

    Financial Aid and College Scholarships Presentation (May) a national expert on the financial aid, scholarships, and financial planning will give an overview to Junior parents. This is a must see event for Junior parents interested applying for financial assistance and/or scholarships during the fall of senior year.
  • Other College-Related Programs

    Parent Q-A sessions (September, October, February, and March— hosted by College Counseling)— these events are open to parents in all grade levels. They provide an open forum for questions and answers and conversation directly with members of the college counseling staff.
     
    Parent Education nights hosted by the Parents' Association (PA)— these evening presentations feature speakers who address issues relevant to parenting. Many of the topics and philosophies are very helpful in navigating a healthy high school experience and college process.
     
    Visual and Performing Arts and the College Process— this evening program will include presentations from current CH students who are heavily involved in the arts and CH alums that have chosen to pursue a career in the visual/performing arts in college and beyond. Families will also hear from a college representative who will speak to the preparation needed to apply to these programs.
     
    Athletics in the College Process— parents and students interested in college athletics will learn more about playing varsity sports and the recruiting process. CH alums, college coaches, and CH college counselors and coaches will present helpful and important information about the path to playing collegiate sports.

    Financial Planning for College: Expert Advice, Tips, and Strategies (January)—this program is open to parents/guardians in all grade levels. A national expert will share specific advice about long term financial planning for college and how to make savvy and smart financial decisions regarding college costs.

SENIOR YEAR

As students know by now, the college process is about so much more than college names and admission offers. It is a time when students are stepping into a greater space of independence as they begin to think about the future, how their current choices will affect that, who they are, and who they want to become.  We know well how uncertainty and emotion can complicate this exciting but still daunting process. By showing patience for their discomfort and bringing clarity to confusion, we partner with parents and other Campbell Hall faculty and staff to create a safe space where a student can find his/her own voice in this process and trust his/her decisions.

We are committed to helping seniors through a very individualized process. The exceptional counselor-student ratio ensures that each student will be well known, and families will have access to counselor support whenever it is necessary. We meet students where they are while still challenging them to be the drivers of this life project.  

Ultimately, students who are happiest about the college process are those who know themselves best. Ultimately, students who are happiest about the college process are those who:
  • Know themselves best
  • Understand their abilities and needs well enough to recognize qualities in a college experience that will give them room to grow
  • Have done the thinking as much as the doing
  • Research their options and college lists well
  • Ask challenging, thoughtful questions
As colleges and counselors probe students to reflect, seniors inevitably move through the process with confidence in their choices, trust in themselves, and options from which they are eager to choose.

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  • Senior Programs

    College Application Summer Intensive (early August)— we are the only private school in LA that hosts a five-day college workshop open to all seniors. It provides students with an introduction to the Common Application, UC and CSU applications, one-on-one time with college counselors, time to do college research and refine their list, and partnerships with English faculty to work on essays and college writing supplements.
     
    College Night for Senior Parents (September)—  in this mandatory meeting for parents/guardians, we will outline the year ahead, our hopes and expectations for the relationship between counselor/families, and the milestones and steps that need to be taken as the college application process begins. We will also discuss the parents’ role, and former CH parents will offer their advice about how to move through senior year in a healthy and productive way. Lastly, we will review details about the busy fall ahead, application procedures, timeline, and expectations.
     
    Family, Individual, and Monthly Group Meetings— seniors and parents/guardians become the focus during the fall months. Starting in September, seniors will continue to meet with counselors in monthly group meetings as well as individual and family meetings during the day. They will refine college lists, reflect on meetings with admissions officers on campus, refine essays and writing samples, and complete applications. We also see these meetings as a time for students and counselors to get to know one another beyond the motions of the application process. Family meetings and/or meetings with parents will occur as often as a family needs.  
     
    Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Parents/Guardians— one of the nation’s financial aid experts will continue the discussion we started at the first financial aid meeting in May of junior year.  This program will review the financial aid process in great detail and will walk families through the steps of filling out the required forms.

    College Week (October)— just before the November 1 application deadline, seniors are given a week to visit colleges or spend time on campus in workshops, individual meetings with counselors, and essay review with English faculty.
     
    Transition to College Night for Senior Parents/Guardians (May)— this panel presentation and Q-A session will include former Campbell Hall parents who have sent children to college, as well as a university representative who will speak about how colleges help students bridge the transition from high school and home to college life. It is an energetic, celebratory, and supportive program for parents who want to know more about how to navigate this important new chapter and help their child do the same.  
  • Other College-Related Programs

    Parent Q-A sessions (September, October, February, and March— hosted by College Counseling)— these events are open to parents in all grade levels. They provide an open forum for questions and answers and conversation directly with members of the college counseling staff.  
     
    Parent Education nights hosted by the Parents' Association (PA)— these evening presentations feature speakers who address issues relevant to parenting.Many of the topics and philosophies are very helpful in navigating a healthy high school experience and college process.

    Financial Planning for College: Expert Advice, Tips, and Strategies (January)—this program is open to parents/guardians in all grade levels. A national expert will share specific advice about long term financial planning for college and how to make savvy and smart financial decisions regarding college costs.
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