College Counseling

We believe that the college application process—a major undertaking for students and their families—requires a thoughtful, personal approach.

Our College Counseling Office provides each student with the robust, methodical, and level headed guidance they need to make smart decisions as they prepare for the SAT or ACT, build a college list, write effective application essays, decide if and where to apply early, seek financial aid, and navigate the complex landscape of college admissions.

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  • Our Approach

    Our College Counseling team considers the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of every student as they support them and serve as their advocates. They also regularly fine-tune their strategy as national trends in college admissions shift year to year. And while the hope is that students will gain admission to their top choice college, the overarching goal is to help them take this major step with calm and optimism about their own ability to make the most of their options.
  • Our Process

    During their freshman and sophomore years, the emphasis is on academic discovery as students work with advisors and teachers to map out a course of study that will position them to meet their college goals. In the winter of junior year, counselors begin meeting with each student to develop overall strategies and college lists. Preliminary SAT and ACT testing begins in spring. During the fall of senior year, students attend a weekly college class and meet one-on-one with counselors as they finalize and submit their applications. For a more detailed overview of our process, click here.
  • College Fair and Admission Representatives

    Every year, more than 100 colleges and universities send admission reps to Thacher. Students get additional information about the schools they’re interested in and an understanding of what each school values in its applicants. The annual College Fair and Case Studies Workshop brings about 40 college and university reps to either the Cate or Thacher campus, giving juniors the opportunity to explore the admission process through “mock admission committee” workshops, followed by a College Fair with visiting college representatives.  
  • Naviance Portal

    To manage the details, deadlines, communications, and required forms of the process, we use a web system called Naviance. This one-stop-shop keeps students, counselors, teachers, parents, and colleges on the same page.

—Gordon and Katy

We are extremely satisfied with the college counseling process at Thacher. Beginning in 10th grade, the schools experts guided us through each critical step, including finalization of the list, test prep, essay writing, completion of applications, and the decision to go early admission (all of which led our son to being accepted at his first choice school).

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Meet the Team

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  • Maria Morales-Kent 

    Director of College Counseling
    Bio
  • Kara Hooper 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Bio
  • Jill Manfredi 

    Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
    Bio
A coeducational college preparatory boarding high school
The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, California, 93023

Tel : 805-646-4377
Fax: 805-646-9490
Email: info@thacher.org