Career & College Counseling
College counseling is one of The Grauer School’s true strengths and a prime reason why families seek admission. The Grauer School’s faculty and staff are true partners with your family as students navigate the path to college and beyond. Our comprehensive college counseling curriculum is designed to help students determine the best college for their personal and academic goals and help them gain acceptance.
Admission to a student’s college of choice is one of the core concerns of every family who attends The Grauer School. Each student at our school is part of an enriched path which includes mastery learning and honors options in all academic areas. Students choose from nearly 150 courses, and will experience humanitarian expeditions around the globe along with an academic profile of distinction. These factors enable most Grauer students to gain acceptance to and obtain scholarship money from more colleges than they expected. This is a common occurrence at our school.
College counseling begins when students are in 8th grade, with an explanation of how high school transcripts are used by colleges to evaluate applicants. 9th graders are taught how to write a resume that includes leadership, extracurricular activities, awards, and athletics. 10th grade students may choose from at least one college expedition per year until they graduate. Click here for more details on our college counseling timetable.
We offer college planning nights for parents, and College Application Preparation (CAP) camp in the summer to help students with applications and standardized test preparation. We help students define interests, and provide college matching — taking into consideration students’ and families’ wishes in terms of field of study, location, size, activities, clubs and extracurriculars, and more. We guide students through internships and summer opportunities that may enhance their success in gaining acceptance.
The Grauer School’s renowned college placement achievements are the result of a holistic program that unfolds throughout the high school years. Every student receives the support necessary to find the right school, apply, and hopefully gain acceptance. We work closely with students, parents, teachers and administrators to find the right fit. Our program involves:
- individual guidance
- training in communication, interpersonal, and interview skills
- positive feedback and encouragement
- problem-solving and goal setting
- academic guidance and course selection
- stress and time management
- assistance with the college planning resources
- college fairs
- admission and financial aid workshops
- standardized test preparation and results interpretation
- helping students prepare and manage a personal timeline for admissions
- development of essay writing skills and techniques
- advocating for the student
Together, over scores of many private and group meetings, counselors and your student will evaluate student’s learning style, the all-important college essay, choice of major, school size, school setting, distance from home, reputation, and other variables in creating a list of colleges to apply to. We strongly encourage students to visit campuses they are interested in, and talk to students who actually attend. Beginning in 10th grade, students may go on at least one college expedition per year. Most Grauer students visit colleges throughout their high school years.
CAP (College Application Preparation) Program
The popular CAP (College Application Preparation) Program is a one-week summer workshop in which a Grauer college counselor and English teacher help students understand how to apply for college, and help with the application. During this session, students will develop an organizational system for keeping track of important dates and deadlines; work on the UC and CSU applications; complete the Common Application; have application essays edited and critiqued; and receive direction in resume writing.
Students find this program invaluable as they prepare for their important college admissions obligations, combined with their senior year course work. This program helps students along their path to successful college admissions.