The Savannah Country Day School

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College Counseling

The college admissions process presents many challenges and can seem, at times, to be complex and confusing, but it can also be interesting, rewarding, and exhilarating—all at the same time. The goal for the College Counseling Office is to help each student find the match that best suits his or her needs. We seek to encourage students to approach the admission process as young adults, and strive to help all Country Day students, from the ninth grade on, to discover their passions, interests and talents, and to build upon their strengths and develop new ones, all so that they can enter college with not only the confidence of having an excellent Savannah Country Day education as a foundation, but also with the knowledge that they have found the best college fit.

List of 4 items.

  • College Counseling Activities: Grade 9

    • Review PSAT results with student and family
    • Studentshould begin to develop an extracurricular resume (becoming involved inSCD and community clubs, teams, and other organizations)
    • Meetings with counselor (both student and parents) as necessary and desired
    • Student should consider summer projects/volunteer opportunities, etc.
    • Review entrance requirements/expectations for many colleges
    • Group parent meeting on the college admissions process
  • College Counseling Activities: Grade 10

    • Review PSAT results with student and family; suggest test prep strategy, if necessary
    • Discuss course selection—especially important as student moves into 11th grade
    • Group parent meeting on the college admissions process
    • Meetings with counselor (both student and parents) as necessary and desired
    • SAT Subject Tests at end of year (June), as appropriate (by teacher and/or counselor recommendation)
    • ACT Exam (with Writing) for practice, if recommended
  • College Counseling Activities: Grade 11

    • Parent College Information Forum
    • PSAT National Merit Qualifying Exam
    • First Junior ACT with Writing (if desired and/or recommended): October or December; second, if recommended: April or June
    • November/December:Group meetings with juniors to familiarize students with the collegeoffice and to help students begin college research
    • First SAT: January, recommended; second: June, recommended
    • SAT Subject Tests, if necessary: May, recommended
    • Junior Parent College Night
    • First official counselor/student (and family) individual meetings on college planning, beginning January of junior year
    • Preliminary college list developed
    • Contact all colleges on preliminary list
    • Advanced development of activities resume
    • First college trips and interviews
    • Assistance in selection of teacher recommendations
    • Consultation regarding financial aid
    • Assistance in selection of summer activities/jobs/programs
  • College Counseling Activities: Grade 12

    • Seniors encouraged to attend optional college essay workshop during the first week of August
    • Parent College Information Forum
    • Continued individual student and/or family meetings with the counselor
    • October/November: final SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests
    • October/November: final ACT (with Writing)
    • Assistance in refining the final college list
    • Students write college essay(s); review essay(s) with counselor
    • Counselor writes school recommendation for each senior
    • Review of applications prior to submission
    • Consultation regarding financial aid
    • Consultation with counselor about acceptances
    • Meet 1 May national reply deadline

List of 3 members.

  • Chris Beckmann 

    Director of College Counseling
    912-961-8678
  • Dawn Berger 

    Associate Director of College Counseling/Upper School English Teacher
    912-961-8847
  • Stephanie Crouch 

    Registrar, Scheduler, College Counseling Assistant
    912-961-8679