College Counseling

Planning for College

Island School is a college-preparatory institution. All sophomores and juniors take the Preliminary SAT. Juniors and seniors take one semester of college counseling in each of their junior and senior years.

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  • Junior Counseling is About Preparation

    i.e., attending college events; taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), from which Merit Scholarship Awards are determined; making initial inquiries and sending away for catalogues; preparing for and taking the SAT; and relating grades and interests to various career choices and schools.
  • Senior Counseling Focuses on the Application Process

    i.e., more testing, including both the SAT and the American College Test (ACT); completing application forms; obtaining recommendations; writing the college essay; meeting deadlines; getting responses; making a decision about where to go; and completing the process, including applying for financial aid if this is wanted.

    Seniors receive individual college planning that highlights their strengths and interests through one-on-one personal and family conferences with our College Counselor throughout the school year.
Tests directly related to college admissions are the SAT and the AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT). They are given several times a year on our campus, and students from seventh through 12th grade can take these tests.

In the process of choosing and applying for a college or university, students consider a number of factors with their college counselor, including location, size, academic challenge, extracurricular opportunities, special services, types of students attending, and costs related to any financial aid which may be provided.

Island School graduates have been accepted at more than 120 different institutions across the country, from the East Coast to the West and in Hawaii. These institutions include U.C. Santa Barbara, U.C. Berkeley, The New School in New York City, Whitman College, Pepperdine University, University of Notre Dame, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Clark University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, Bates College, UCLA, and more.