The college planning process is a daunting, yet exciting experience. With the constant changes in education, the process has become increasingly difficult, requiring students to start sooner with their planning and work harder to meet their college goals. Here at Knox, we take the stress out of college planning.
Every fall and spring, The Knox School College Counseling Office hosts a college fair with up to seventy representatives from leading colleges and universities across the country. Attending the college fair is one of the many steps that our students take in planning for their post-secondary journey.
Additionally, the College Counseling office will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, and turn that data into their potential college list. As a team, the students and their counselor will determine the best fit based on their desire for academic challenge, career goals, geographic location, interests and athletic abilities. All students receive a binder at the start of their college planning journey to record all of their important information and documents and to serve as a guide to get them through one of the most important decisions of their lives.
College Counseling is a collaborative effort between the student, counselor, parents and teachers. Everyone involved has a responsibility to uphold in order for students to reach the next level in their education. Students are encouraged to work hard both in and out of the classroom to reach their full potential so they can prepare a college resume that shows them at their personal best.
College testing is another aspect of college planning with which College Counseling will assist. Knox offers SAT, ACT, and TOEFL prep classes to prepare students for the exams the colleges will consider when making acceptance decisions. These classes are taught by highly certified Knox faculty members who genuinely care about the students’ success, and work closely with the students and their counselor for the best overall outcome.
All students are also given access to Naviance, a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Naviance empowers students and families to connect learning and life and provides schools with the information they need to help students prepare for life after high school. It also allows students to create a plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results.
Naviance allows students to list all the schools to which they are applying and communicate with their counselor electronically to ensure all documents are received by the college or university. Once a student logs in to his or her Naviance account, they will have access to a wealth of information about the colleges they are interested in and important details such as deadlines and requirements. Naviance connects directly to the Common Application for students who choose to apply to one or more of the 600+ colleges that use the Common App. This program also allows parents and guardians to track their student’s progress as needed.
The College Counseling Office prides itself on its open door policy. Students are encouraged to seek advice from their counselor regarding academics, college plans, course selection and program building, or to stop in to chat and gain the confidence they will undoubtedly feel knowing we are with them every step of the way.
Knox students are also encouraged to take advantage of the bulletin boards that feature our monthly “Spotlight on Colleges” to expose them to schools they may not have previously considered. Inside the college counseling office, students will find informative packets on colleges, information about the SAT/ACT, general details about what colleges and universities consider and information on Knox alums.
Parents and Guardians are also encouraged to visit, call, or email us with any questions or concerns about the process. At The Knox School, your son or daughter is more than a number in the queue of students vying for a spot at the college of his or her choice; he or she is an individual that will be treated as such from the beginning to the end of the college application process.
Knox Falcons flock to the College Counseling bulletin board to announce the next stop in their journey. College awaits!
Here is a short list of some of the prestigious colleges and universities that have attended our College Fairs:
Nova Southeastern University