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College Counseling

The goal of the Brewster College Office  is to provide each student with a highly individualized college search process that leads to finding the right school for them. We focus on the idea of fit, a place where each student can fulfill their potential. We achieve this goal through individual meetings with students in conjunction with purposeful group curriculum throughout their time here. By the end of their Brewster experience, each student will be on their path toward a future of meaning and success.

Road Map to College: An outline of what to expect by grade:

9th and 10th Grade

We meet with our 9th graders and discuss the important factors in the admission process and how they can set themselves up for success in regards to grades, curriculum, involvement, testing, and more.

10th Grade:

  • Continue the discussion related to the important factors in the admission process
  • Full team presentation about course selection for 11th grade
  • Individual meetings pertaining to course selection for 11th grade
  • Consider visiting colleges in the summer after 10th grade

11th Grade

October

  • PSAT testing
  • Naviance (college planning portal) registration
    Instruction seminar for 11th grade parents occurs during Family Weekend

December

  • PSAT test results/review
  • SAT/ACT testing (optional)

January

  • College Kickoff Workshops
  • Register for spring SAT/ACT dates
  • Complete student questionnaire
  • Set up first college meeting with college counselor
  • Develop initial college list

February

  • ACT Testing
  • Continue meeting with college counselor
  • Set up college visits for March break
  • Register for spring SAT/ACT dates

March

  • SAT testing
  • College visits during March break
  • Begin College Office Curriculum
  • Continue meeting with college counselor

April

  • ACT testing
  • Continue meeting with college counselor and researching colleges
  • Continue College Office Curriculum
  • Attend Lakes Region Independent School College Counseling Association College Fair

May

  • SAT testing
  • Continue meetings with college counselor and researching colleges
  • Continue College Office Curriculum
  • Plan college visits for the summer
  • Take AP exams (if applicable)

June

  • SAT/ACT testing
  • Continue visiting colleges
  • Finish remaining pieces of the College Office Curriculum

Summer Months

  • Visit Colleges
  • Finish remaining pieces of the College Office Curriculum
  • Register for fall SAT/ACT test dates (as needed)

College Office Curriculum
The College Office works with our Juniors during our Social and Emotional Learning blocks from March to May in order to fully prepare them for the college process heading into the summer. Throughout the curriculum, our juniors will accomplish the following:

  • Fill out the Common Application
  • Request Teacher Recommendations
  • Complete a resume
  • Discuss and begin the brainstorming process for their college essay
  • Complete the Major Recommendation Questionnaire which assists their College Counselor and teachers in writing their recommendations
  • Go over requirements for international students, athletics, art/music/theater school, or any specific programs students may be interested in.

12th Grade/Postgraduate

September

  • ACT testing
  • Meet with College Counselor to discuss summer visits
  • Finalize college application list
  • Complete the Common App and any other supporting documents
  • Register for fall SAT/ACT test dates
  • Attend college meeting for Seniors and Postgraduates
  • Touch base with teachers about recommendations
  • Meet with College Admission Representatives visiting Brewster
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)

October

  • SAT/ACT testing
  • Continue everything from September


November

  • Submit applications by November deadlines
  • SAT testing
  • Register for December SAT/ACT test dates
  • Continue meeting with College Counselor and College Admission Representatives
  • Ensure Teacher Recommendations have been submitted
  • Plan final college visits for Thanksgiving break
  • Finalize your college application list
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)

December

  • SAT/ACT testing
  • If accepted to a college Early Decision withdraw all other applications
  • Submit applications for December deadlines
  • Continue meeting with college counselor
  • Submit final college list and all applications for early January deadlines prior to holiday break
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)

January

  • Submit applications by January deadlines
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)
  • Begin scholarship research at local high school counseling office, state education offices, and online

February

  • Submit applications by February deadlines (if applicable)
  • Visit colleges during February break
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)

March

  • Visit colleges during March break
  • Work with family to complete Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA/CSS Profile)

April

  • Notify College Office of final decisions from all colleges
  • Finalize your college decision and financial aid forms

May

  • Submit college deposit by May 1
  • Inform all other colleges of your decision
  • Take AP exams (if applicable)
  • Notify College Office of final decisions from all colleges

June

  • The College Office will send your final transcripts to the college you plan to attend

Contact us:

We look forward to working with you through the college process every step of the way – from identifying appropriate colleges and universities for consideration and tips on essay writing and college visits to helping you meet deadlines and celebrating your final decision.

Laura Duffy

Laura Duffy

Dean of College Counseling
Timothy Cushing

Timothy Cushing

Assistant Director of College Counseling, Boys' Tennis
Precious Burke

Precious Burke

Assistant Athletic Trainer, Community Living Parent, College Office Assistant