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.
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 begin 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 Admissions 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.
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.