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 build a college list, write effective application essays, decide if and where to apply early, seek financial aid, prepare for the SAT or ACT, and navigate the complex landscape of college admissions. To see where Thacher students end up going to college, click here.

Our Approach

Our College Counseling team considers the needs, strengths, and opportunities for the growth 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 a 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 freshman and sophomore years, the emphasis is on academic discovery as students work with academic 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 individually with each student to develop a strategy and a thoughtful college list. Preliminary SAT and ACT testing take place in winter and 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.

Learning About Colleges Worldwide

Every year, more than 100 colleges and universities send admission representatives to Thacher. During these visits, students get information about the schools they’re interested in and an understanding of what each school values in its applicants. Every spring, a College Fair and Case Studies Workshop brings about 40 college and university representatives to campus. They provide juniors the opportunity to explore the admission process through “mock admission committee” workshops followed by a College Fair with all visiting representatives.

—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).

parents from Portland, Oregon

Meet the Team

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  • Photo of Maria Morales-Kent

    Maria Morales-Kent 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Jill Manfredi

    Jill Manfredi 

    Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
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