College search and application process is an opportunity for students to exercise their decision-making skills and independence. SSI offers a comprehensive college advising program that builds upon the personal and academic advising given in earlier years. The students meet in seminars with the College Advisor several times in the beginning. This will give students a general idea of the approach they want to take when it comes to studying at a university.
In the later years of their secondary education careers, students begin to meet individually with the Advisor in a series of conversations that eventually include their parents. The process is a very personal one in which the Advisor comes to know each student well and is thus prepared to serve as their advocate throughout the college application process. As the academy’s representative to the colleges, the College Advisor writes a lengthy letter of recommendation for each student that draws upon her knowledge of each girl; the recommendation is supplemented by substantial commentary from teachers and advisors and is endorsed by the Head of the institution.
The College Advisor is available as counselor as the students complete their applications, and she remains a source of information and guidance until a student has made the decision about which college she will attend. While the primary relationship is forged with the student, the College Advisor serves as a resource for parents as they, too, navigate the college application process. Our students’ college choices reflect the strength of their academic preparation and the self-knowledge that are the culmination of their SSI experience.