The College Counseling team provides guidance and offers information to students beginning in grade 9. All Upper School students and families are invited to all college counseling events to help them plan for the college application process. The College Counseling team offers information sessions on topics including standardized testing, NCAA eligibility requirements, the college application process, and other important areas in the college counseling process. Brimmer hosts a panel of college admissions officers each fall to share information and insights about their respective institutions and the college search process in general.
Practice for standardized testing begins with the PSAT®, which is given to students in both grades 10 and 11. In partnership with the Summit Educational Group, Brimmer offers classes to prepare students for the SAT® and the ACT in the fall and in the spring. In addition, Summit offers evening seminars for parents and students on the testing program.
In late January, 11th graders and their parents have a separate evening with the College Counseling team to carefully review college search procedures, testing information, and the college application process calendar for the coming year. Parents of 11th graders have individual appointments with the College Counseling team during the second semester. Students are also enrolled in a weekly College Counseling class to introduce the college application process. There is an emphasis on the use of Naviance, completion of the Common Application, creation of a balanced college list, brainstorm and write the college essay, among other tasks.
Students in 12th grade participate in a College Counseling class once a week during the first semester. Students address topics and procedures related to the college application process, including the transition to college, and they complete work on their applications and essays. In the spring of 12th grade, a weeklong program takes place in which outside speakers are invited to address topics designed to help students with the transition to college. Topics offered in the past were: Campus Life, Reflections and Advice from Young Alumni, Resume Writing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts, Personal Finances, and Technology Information.
Throughout the year, Brimmer welcomes a number of admissions professionals to campus. In addition, the College Counseling team travels to numerous college campuses and attends professional conferences throughout the United States and abroad. As the principal advocate for each Brimmer student in the admissions process, the College Counseling team gets to know each student well through individual meetings and in the classroom.