College Counseling Overview
Our approach to college counseling at Gould is to center each student in their own process and planning for post-secondary success. We recognize that this task now requires additional advocacy for our Students of Color as they have become further marginalized by the Supreme Court decision disallowing race conscious practices in college admissions. We accept that challenge and will continue to pursue pathways of inclusion, equity, and justice.
The college counseling process at Gould is a four-year partnership built on individual attention. Through superb knowledge and support, our counselors guide each student through the process while working in tandem with family and faculty. Our goal? To pair each student with a college or university that best fits individual talents, passions, and goals.
From ninth grade on, counselors work side by side with students in a growing relationship that follows a thorough timetable:
- Ninth grade: Connect with students to review curriculum and extracurricular planning.
- Tenth grade: Discover strengths and interests relating to academics, extracurricular activities, and potential career options.
- Eleventh grade: Begin the college search process in earnest.
- Twelfth grade: Complete the college application and selection process.
Throughout the year the college counselors teach seminars on preparing for tests, interviewing, writing college essays, and making college visits. Gould also holds parent meetings during each of the three Parent and Family Weekends, with an entire program devoted to the college search scheduled for the spring Parent and Family Weekend. Parents are invited to schedule individual conferences with members of the college counseling team. Counselors are in close contact with college admissions offices throughout the application process to ensure that Gould students receive every consideration.