One of our key missions is to prepare students for college. College preparation begins as early as sixth grade, when curriculum choices are reviewed to ensure that each student’s educational growth is maximized. For example, students who demonstrate the requisite skills can take honors Math in seventh grade, followed by Pre-Algebra and placement in the more advanced math classes to finally earn a place in honors Calculus in the 12th grade.
Formal college guidance begins during a student’s junior year when students begin College 11, a class designed to help students with the application process. After juniors take the PSATs that fall, individual and group meetings with the college guidance counselors begin. As seniors, the students continue with College 12 and complete the application process by December of their senior year. Students receive recommendations for specific colleges and universities that may best meet their needs. Additionally they are informed that all improvements in grades, summer college courses, and SAT scores will enhance their chances of acceptance and may dramatically change the initial college list. Students are strongly encouraged (when appropriate) to apply Early Decision to their first choice school.
York Prep is proud of and well known for its College Guidance program. The office works with the student to create a realistic list of nine colleges where he/she can successfully perform. York Prep believes that the student is the client—not the parent—and accordingly accepts much of the burden of guiding the student through the anxieties and rigors of college applications. Mrs. Stewart and Ms. Rooney have many years of experience as the Co-Directors of College Guidance and, because of their reputations, have a high rate of placement success and student satisfaction.
The emphasis is always on giving the student the ultimate responsibility for following clear guidelines and completing the application process in a timely manner. In this way, students gain a real sense of accomplishment when they finish the program and are prepared for college, where they must take responsibility and advocate for themselves. The great majority of graduating York Prep seniors has always been accepted to their top college choices. College guidance at York Prep does not end with college acceptance.
We encourage our graduates to continue to communicate with us once they arrive at college. Once again, the College Guidance Office will not hesitate to contact a college directly if a York Prep graduate needs assistance during the college years. The College Guidance office is always open and willing to help York Prep students in their goal of getting into their best match college. For more on York Prep’s College Guidance program, the book How to Get into the College of Your Choice: and How to Finance It (William Morrow & Co.), written by Jayme Stewart, is available as a valuable resource and reference.