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College Counseling

We journey alongside our students to help them discover the right fit for their higher education.

The high school years are a time of rapid development and personal discovery. St. David’s affords students opportunities to grow through academics, athletics, performing arts, service, leadership, and spiritual life. Our college counseling staff delights in fostering this growth and counseling each student to be their best.

The role of college counseling is to help students translate their unique abilities and interests into post-secondary education goals, and ultimately, satisfying careers. It is our intent to provide students with the tools, resources, and individual support necessary to discover the colleges that best fit their skills and aspirations. To that end, we help students understand the admission process, consider upper school curriculum options, research colleges, narrow their choices, and apply to a variety of suitable schools, all the while keeping in mind that the Lord has a plan for each of them. We strive to make the process manageable, personal, and enjoyable for each family.

The end goal of college counseling is not admission to one 'perfect' college. There is no such place. Our aim is to know our students well, so that as they begin to make decisions about their future we are able to guide them toward colleges where they can thrive. Danna markoff,
Director of college counseling

Boasting an annual college acceptance rate of 100%, our students are offered admission to selective colleges and universities including Brown, Princeton, NYU, University of Southern California, Georgetown, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas at Austin, Imperial College London, England, Emory, Davidson, Duke, UNC-CH, NC State, Wake Forest, UVA, Johns Hopkins, Washington and Lee, College of William and Mary, Georgia Tech, and University of Washington. For a complete listing of where our students are accepted, please see our school profile.

College Counseling Program Details

St. David's counseling program is designed to promote a college-going culture and help students focus their academic and extracurricular activities to support their college admission goals.

Freshmen and Sophomores

Formal college counseling begins in the freshman year as students start visiting college campuses, utilizing online research tools, and hearing from college admissions officers who visit St. David’s. Students may expect the following programs and resources:

  • PSAT test
  • ACT offered to sophomores in the spring (optional)
  • Personal access and membership to Naviance Family Connection, a web-based tool that helps students match their personalities and interests to college majors and careers, allows families to research and compare colleges and universities, and tracks college applications. This program is introduced in the spring of freshman year.
  • Monthly Collegebeat newsletter for students and parents
  • Monthly parent coffees provide an avenue for informal discussion about college admission
  • One planned absence day is allotted for sophomores to make college visits
  • Sophomores are introduced to YouScience, an aptitude assessment that helps students understand their strengths and potential career paths
  • In preparation for junior year standardized testing, sophomores are introduced to Method TestPrep, an online program for ACT and SAT test preparation
  • Freshman class day-long visit to a selective university for an information session, tour, dining hall lunch and chat with St. David’s School alumni
  • Sophomore class day-long visit to two contrasting colleges for information sessions, tours, and meals
  • Numerous on-site information presentations by admission representatives from a wide variety of U.S. and international colleges and universities
  • Advisory meetings with sophomores and our college counseling staff during spring semester
  • Financial Aid 101 Seminar offered jointly with other area private schools for students and their families
  • Freshman and Sophomore College Nights with an introduction to college admission expectations
  • Resume building

Juniors

By spring of the junior year, students meet individually with our college counseling staff, working one-on-one to establish and refine the list of schools to which they plan to apply. Additional services are added to the college counseling program.

  • PSAT/NMSQT test provides consideration for the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs;
  • Naviance Family Connection allows students to assess college and career goals as well as research colleges and universities
  • Spring conferences allow students and their parents to work individually with college counselors to map out college application plans
  • Students and parents complete questionnaires that allow the counseling staff to craft highly personalized letters of recommendation
  • Three planned absence days are allotted for college visits
  • Junior College Night features a mock application review for parents and students, led by a college admission officer
  • Monthly class meetings during advisory period are led by the College Counseling staff
  • Monthly Collegebeat newsletter for students and parents
  • Monthly parent coffees provide an avenue for informal discussion about college admission
  • Numerous on-site information presentations by admission representatives from a wide variety of U.S. and international colleges and universities
  • Financial Aid 101 Seminar offered jointly with other area private schools for students and their families
  • Juniors continue to have access to YouScience and Method TestPrep
  • Creation of college resume

Seniors

The Senior Kick-off provides a festive start to the capstone year at St. David’s School. A guest speaker from a top-ranked university provides insight on the admissions process and advice on crafting the college essay. The College Counseling staff offers highly attentive and personal service to seniors and their parents with the goal of making the college application process one of joy and discovery.

  • The Senior Kick-off provides important details to help seniors get started with the application process
  • Students meet one-on-one with college counselors to finalize college applications
  • College application essay review day provides students with feedback from area professionals on the quality and impact of their application essays
  • An interview workshop educates seniors on interview techniques. Additional mock interview sessions are offered upon request.
  • An alumni luncheon and panel presentation allows seniors to ask St. David’s School alumni about campus life and the transition to the university environment
  • Three planned absence days are allotted for visiting colleges and universities
  • The scholarship committee meets regularly to nominate students for appropriate scholarships and awards
  • Scholarship search resources are provided
  • Monthly class meetings are led by the College Counseling staff
  • Monthly Collegebeat newsletter for students and parents
  • Monthly parent coffees provide an avenue for informal discussion about college admission
  • Numerous on-site information presentations by admission representatives from a wide variety of U.S. and international colleges and universities
  • Financial Aid 101 Seminar offered jointly with other area private schools for students and their families
  • FAFSA/CSS Profile workshop for parents

St. David’s School is an institutional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and supports the membership policies and ethical principles included in their Statement of Principles of Good Practice. Our students are encouraged to read and abide by the NACAC Student Rights and Responsibilities.

College Counseling Events