The Providence Country Day School is committed to preparing students for a lifetime of learning and leadership. The college counseling process, in which students and their parents participate collaboratively, supports the continuation of each student’s educational journey.
Determining what the next step should be requires self-exploration, extensive research, maturity, risk-taking, good decision-making, and ultimately self-confidence. Our College Counseling Office is committed to working with students and their parents through every step of the college search process.
Formal college counseling begins in the junior year, but the journey really starts as soon as a student enrolls in Upper School and makes his/her first course selections. We believe students are best served when they create a strong and appropriately challenging academic program. Beginning in the ninth grade, together with advisors, students build academic and extracurricular programs that reflect the breadth of their interests and the depth of their commitments.
PCD students receive a lot of guidance regarding course selection, standardized testing, and long-range academic planning. As juniors, they meet with the director of college counseling in multiple settings: individual and family meetings, class gatherings, and special programs. During the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year, students work closely with the director to fine-tune the list of colleges to which they will apply. They receive assistance in completing applications and developing essay ideas that reflect their talents and achievements. Throughout the last two years of high school, students and parents are invited to attend college fairs, participate in on-campus programs, and meet with the 85 or more college representatives who visit each fall.
In the end, the goal of our college counseling program is to help PCD students and parents find the right college matches. We understand that uncertainty and anxiety can attend this experience, but ultimately our collaborative process will give all our students every chance for success and make the process both satisfying and positive. Let us know how we can help.
Director of College Counseling