High School Counseling
The high school counseling process is introduced to parents upon the conclusion of the 7th grade school year. The High School Admissions Counselors will present the various materials available to families so that they may explore the admissions process at their discretion. Students are invited to evaluate themselves and address areas for improvement. Conversations with students include the following:
- Academics – Recognizing the importance of having a strong transcript with evidence of improvement.
Recommendations – Students are familiarized with recommendation forms that teachers and administrators have to complete, and discuss the importance of the character traits, skills and habits that are listed on those forms.
Interviews – Students have admissions counselors available to them for interview preparation and planning. A preparation session is available upon request.
Essays – As students begin working on the application process, high school admissions counselors and the 8th grade English teacher are available to serve as readers of essays prior to submission.
In the fall, every 8th grade family is invited to schedule a meeting with a Presbyterian School high school counselor. These meetings identify school options and facilitate the partnership between school and family during the high school admissions process. The meeting allows time for parents and students to ask questions about the process and understand the various responsibilities required of the family during the admissions season.
During the fall of 8th grade students and faculty visit private high schools together as a class. High schools are also welcome on campus to present information to the class during lunch. Students and families are encouraged to attend Open Houses and other high school admission events to get a better feel for each high school.