The college process represents another component of education in the life of the St. Mark's School student. It serves as an opportunity for personal growth, self-reflection, and self-discovery. The VI Form year is a time of profound change when students begin to think about leaving the St. Mark's School community, entering adulthood, and choosing a college in which to continue their education. Here at St. Mark's School, we are aware of the excitement and challenges at this critical juncture in our students’ lives, and seek to provide the necessary tools with which our students will navigate the many pathways of college admissions.
While outcomes are important, the College Counseling Office believes that the college admissions process is one of discovering good matches between students and colleges. We believe that this is the students’ personal journey; to deprive them of this is to deny them an important opportunity for growth. The role of the college counselor is therefore to support, guide, and educate our students and their families as they engage in self-reflection and explore the ever-changing world of college admissions.
St. Mark's School provides a variety of support systems to assist our students:
- To start the process, we provide a college handbook to each family.
- Beginning in the winter of the V Form year, college counselors hold group information sessions, engage in individual meetings with students and their parents, and arrange evening presentations for parents.
- During the VI Form year, students continue with individual meetings, and are given the opportunity to talk with the over 100 college representatives who visit our school.
- Families and students have access to the school’s computer-based college counseling program, which provides statistics, college searches, links to scholarships and other information on college admissions.
The staff of the College Counseling Office offers our support and experience to ensure that our students and parents are well versed in the nuances of the college process. While stress sometimes accompanies the process, it is our commitment to make the experience be an opportunity for growth for all the parties involved.
We view it as a privilege to work with such a dynamic and vibrant group of students, and to help them identify college matches that will inspire them to dream, meet their educational needs, and prepare them to enjoy a fulfilling life.
Director of College Counselingericmonheim@stmarksschool.org