The College Counseling program supports our students as individuals, helping them find the right next step for their distinct interests and talents, preparing them for independent life after high school.
Woodstock Day School’s College Counseling Team, composed of our Guidance Teacher and our Senior Advisors, works with students in groups and on an individualized basis. The team maintains communication with a variety of colleges and universities; coordinates their visits to WDS; and regularly updates a college reference library, including information on financial aid.
Our College Counseling Team is committed to providing one-on-one advising that helps guide each WDS student through the college search and admission and financial aid application processes, with each students strengths in mind and their interests at heart.
- Each winter, our College Counselor/Guidance Teacher introduces the college search process to students in 11th grade via a weekly College Seminar. Weekly discussions cover the college search process, students’ concerns, and include discussions and activities that help students identify their particular learning styles, strengths and talents, as well as their personalities and preferences. Families have the opportunity to meet privately with the College Counselor to develop an appropriate list of colleges, Gap Year programs, or other post-high school options to explore.
- Seniors also meet for a weekly seminar throughout their final year of high school. The fall semester focuses more on the immediate and specific issues related to college applications, such as tackling the Common Application, brainstorming essay topics, role-playing prior to college interviews, and arranging for teacher recommendation letters.
- Also discussed are the nuts-and-bolts of the application process: the importance of meeting deadlines, reporting test scores to colleges, and the need-based financial aid application process. The Spring semester focuses on life after high school, tackling the anxieties that might surround leaving home and leaving the environment of WDS, with thoughtful discussion on how to stay safe and healthy in college and in the world.
Recent College Acceptances
WDS students are accepted at competitive schools that match their preferences, interests and goals. Our graduates attend a range of schools, including large universities, small liberal arts colleges and schools of art, design, drama, and music.
For a list of college acceptances, view our most recent School Profile.