Cannon School’s College Counseling Department offers parents and students extensive advising in preparation for the entire college admission process.
The college counseling staff seeks first to help freshmen and sophomores create a four-year academic plan and then to identify their interests and learning styles. The goal is to help students have a better understanding of themselves before they begin to explore colleges. In the second semester of the sophomore year, the counselors begin educating students about the college choice and application process. Beginning in the winter of the junior year, the counselors then advise students how to act on that knowledge and continue to support students with college applications and admission decisions into and throughout the senior year.
This comprehensive support, in combination with the strong college prep curriculum offered at Cannon School, results in many postsecondary opportunities for our seniors. Seniors are accepted at a variety of colleges and universities throughout the country.
Ninth-graders put together a four-year academic plan while they learn how to take advantage of all that high school offers in preparing for college. Counselors help students adjust to Upper School and explore their extracurricular interests. The Learning Styles Inventory begins the process of self-awareness.
Revisiting the four-year academic plan, college counselors work with students to help them stay focused on their academics and involved in activities that interest them. Visits to colleges with Cannon’s college counselors help students gain exposure to different school environments, learn to tour a school effectively, and talk openly with admissions personnel. In the spring, college counselors present the application process and talk to sophomores about what colleges are looking for in prospective applicants.
In the junior year, students begin to research colleges in earnest. They are encouraged to visit and interview at colleges that pique their interest. Counselors work with students and parents to ensure productive visits and to help students form a list of potential schools. Through individual conferences with students, the counselors help juniors articulate their educational goals and learning style. College counselors meet extensively with juniors and their parents between January and May.
In the senior year, Cannon counselors help students identify colleges that match their needs and goals. Counselors individually guide seniors in managing the application process, writing their college essays, making the most of scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and providing advice on adjusting to college. College counselors meet extensively with seniors and their parents between August and April.