At The New School, we empower students by providing an education and school culture that gives them space to express their ideas, hone their academic skills, and grow into the people they wish to be. Our college preparatory program offers support to each student in finding best-fit schools that allow them to continue this journey even after they leave our community.
Students understand as early as 6th grade that we are preparing them for college. In our daily morning meetings, students at every grade level hear about upcoming college admissions visits and take part in applauding college acceptances as they come in. By 8th grade, most students are taking high school math and foreign language classes, putting them on track to take the advanced courses colleges look for. From freshman year on, advisors and the administration meet with both students and parents, and work on developing the whole student in a way that will allow them to pursue their goals.
College admissions are increasingly competitive, but they don’t have to be increasingly stressful. Consistent with our mission, we expect students—with our support and that of their parents—to take ownership of the college application process, and this starts as early as freshman year. From the beginning of your student’s high school career, we help guide and support them in becoming who they want to be while keeping in mind where they want to go. Starting the process early ensures that students are prepared and ready to hit the ground running with confidence when it’s time to apply.
Our college advising program is supported by a dedicated College Advising site detailing what might be important to consider at each stage, along with a robust in-school curriculum that prepares students for every aspect of the process.
The administration and college advising team maintain an open door policy during college season, and they (along with teachers) are available and willing to read college essays and answer questions about applications. Parents and guardians are also welcome to call or come in at any time for advice or help.
The college advising process at The New School is designed to be an extension of the education occurring in the classroom, on the fields, in the art studio, on stage in our theatre, and anywhere else they have a chance to learn and grow as individuals. Our students are happy and comfortable with themselves, and graduate centered and confident, ready for whatever comes next.