Counseling the B/C Student at Large Public High Schools. Making the Connection. Referrals from: Guidance Counselors Academic Support Counselors Learning Center Meet with College Prep English Teachers Administrators Connect with Parents Meet with Students Individually
THE PRIVATE, COLLEGE PREP
Director of College Advising,
Charter High School of the Arts (CHAMPS)
You have to come to terms who you are at your very best – take stock….and then offer the real “you” with all of your passion!
Be willing to be a just a tad controversial, just a little bit irreverent. Think outside the box. Are “best practices” always the best practice?
Make a point of talking with your B/C kids about seriously considering out-of-state colleges.
Come up with viable colleges that collectively have a history within your own school of being less selective than others.
Colleges with less cache, less street cred have to be cleverly and enthusiastically marketed to your kids.
Treat those admissions reps from less selective schools as though they’re from Harvard, Princeton, Yale when they come visit you during the fall months.
Use the personal disclosure sections or extra essay opportunities to your student’s advantage.
Turn in all “likely” and rolling apps as early as possible!
Your counselor letter can change the course of that B/C student’s life!
Encourage them to apply “undeclared” or “general studies” whenever possible.
Look for colleges that don’t specifically state an Algebra II requirement for admission.
“Recommended” is different!
During the hard times when they’re truly disappointing you, look back to when you were their age. Were you better? I wasn’t! In fact, I can’t believe I’m actually giving them advice!