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College Counseling for each grade level

9th Grade

9th Grade College Counseling Program

The focus during a student’s ninth-grade year should be discovery. Students should consider which types of courses, teaching styles, and learning methods they like best. In addition, students should seek out extracurricular and athletic opportunities. This might mean picking up a new sport or joining a few clubs. Ideally, the student is discovering passions while also forming connections with classmates and teachers. Throughout the fall, these students will have the opportunity to visit with college admissions officers who travel to MVS from around the country.

At MVS, each ninth-grade student will take the PSAT in the fall. This test will give the students a sense of their strengths as well as areas where they could seek improvement. In addition, ninth-grade students and families may also attend the College Information Night evening program hosted by the Director of College Counseling. This program not only introduces parents and students to the broad trends in the world of college admissions, but it also outlines the college search and application process for MVS students.

During the summer, students should seek employment, volunteer, or enrichment opportunities that allow them to continue to discover their passions.

Throughout the school year, students and families may schedule individual meetings with the Director of College Counseling.

10th Grade

10th Grade College Counseling Program

The focus during a student’s tenth-grade year continues to be discovery. Students should continue to discover new passions and areas of interest, while also developing a richer self-understanding in their academic coursework and extracurricular and athletic pursuits. Moreover, students should dig deeper in identifying their values and motivations, as these traits will prove immensely helpful in identifying their college fits. Throughout the fall, these students will have the opportunity to visit with college admissions officers who travel to MVS from around the country.

At MVS, each tenth-grade student will take the PSAT in the fall. Since this is their second year taking this test, students will have the luxury of being able to compare their scores from this sitting to last year’s results. In addition, tenth-grade students and families may also attend the College Information Night evening program hosted by the Director of College Counseling. This program not only introduces parents and students to the broad trends in the world of college admissions, but it also outlines the college search and application process for MVS students.

During the summer, students should seek employment, volunteer, or enrichment opportunities that allow them to continue to discover their passions.

Throughout the school year, students and families may schedule individual meetings with the Director of College Counseling.

11th Grade

11th Grade College Counseling Program

The focus of a student’s junior year is leadership through engagement. By this point, students identified and pursued their passions via their coursework, extracurricular activities, and athletic participation. They may continue to discover new areas of interest, but they have developed a strong sense of self. They are by no means expected to know their college major or future career, but they should be able to articulate what motives them to excel. As upperclass students, they are also expected to act as leaders within the community. Throughout the fall, these students will have the opportunity to visit with college admissions officers who travel to MVS from around the country. Unlike previous years, juniors may be excused from class to attend these meetings.

Eleventh-grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October. Because of their status as eleventh-grade students, this test now acts as a tool to determine the student’s eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Preparation for this test will be offered on the MVS campus after school prior to its administration. Throughout October, each junior student will have an individual meeting with the Director of College Counseling. In November all eleventh-grade students and parents will attend the College Kick-Off meeting that formally initiates the college search and application process at MVS. An update on the landscape of college admissions, an outline of college counseling-related activities, and resources for testing and financial aid will be provided.

During the spring-term, all junior students will attend a weekly College Counseling Class taught by the Director of College Counseling. Each section is less than 10 students, providing a small, tight-knit environment where students have the opportunity to ask questions, challenge one another’s assumptions, and engage in experiential learning. The typical class follows a seminar model, through which questions are discussed. In addition to class discussions, students will “practice” what they are learning (i.e., navigating tools for research, register for a college visit, and act as a mock admissions committee). Ultimately, this class educates MVS students about the college admissions process through thoughtful discussion and authentic engagement. There are no grades given, but purposeful participation is expected at each class meeting. During one-on-one meetings with the Director that will occur throughout the spring, students are expected to bring this knowledge to the conversation.

The summer between the eleventh and twelfth grades should be used as an opportunity further pursue one’s passions and interests. A variety of summer programs are available locally, domestically, and internationally to assist students in this regard. Students should visit colleges of interest during the summer break. At the end of summer these students will attend a Common Application Bootcamp during which they will complete all sections of the Common Application prior to the beginning of the school year.

Throughout the school year, students and families may schedule individual meetings with the Director of College Counseling.

12th Grade

The primary focus of a student’s twelfth-grade year is ownership. At this point, students have learned about the variety of college options available to them, and because they have articulated their most important values and passions, they have also identified colleges and universities that resonate strongly with them. Each student’s list–developed along with input from the family and college counselor–is unique and reflects the earnest research that each student has completed.

Shortly after the Common Application Bootcamp, twelfth-grade students and their families will attend the Senior College Application Night program. This presentation will walk families through the specifics of applying to college as an MVS student.

Seniors will continue to meet in a class setting, during which they will work on completing their applications. The Senior College Counseling Class meets for one block every six-days. It serves as an extension of the Junior College Counseling Class, though it is of a different character. In many ways it is the fulfillment of the prior course, as the students will work on completing real applications during these class meetings. However, the class is less focused on instruction; instead, it serves as forum for students to ask questions, have face time with the college counselor, provide a support system, and given students time and space to work on their applications.

Throughout the school year, students and families may schedule individual meetings with the Director of College Counseling.

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