At Willows Prep, each student’s unique college journey is supported by a comprehensive counseling program. Students receive personalized guidance to align their passions and interests with college and career aspirations, promoting self-reflection and expression as they navigate towards higher education.
Navigating the Journey
WPS College Pathways
PERSONALIZED ROADMAP: FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE
At Willows Prep, our college counseling blends strategic support with an understanding of each student’s ambitions. We assist throughout high school, addressing queries and empowering parents to back their children.
Central to our guidance is ‘fit’. We help students pinpoint colleges that resonate with their academic accomplishments, aspirations, and values, honoring the distinct potential of our diverse student body.
FROM INSIGHT TO FORESIGHT
Complementing our personalized counseling, we grant students and parents access to Scoir, a college admissions network providing additional insights. Our experienced faculty, deeply versed in the dynamics of college admissions, provide unique, timely advice.
Beyond this, our goal extends to instilling confidence and a sense of accomplishment, ensuring students are prepared not only for college but for future life success.
A Comprehensive Approach
College Selection at Willows Prep
The journey to college at Willows Prep is well-structured, with a timeline of activities across 8th to 12th grades. These orchestrated milestones aid students in discovering their strengths, interests, and identifying colleges that best align with their aspirations.
Understanding Self, Maintaining Academic Excellence
In the early years, students focus on understanding their strengths and maintaining strong academic performance. Our students are enrolled in a wide range of IB courses, ensuring they receive an all-rounded education while focusing on their core subjects.
Extracurricular Exploration and Involvement
Simultaneously, they are encouraged to explore and participate in a diverse range of activities. These can include sports, social groups, or volunteer work, providing a well-rounded profile for future college applications.
Aiding the College Selection Process: Tools and Resources
To facilitate the process, we introduce students to tools like Scoir for tracking experiences and accomplishments, and they begin regular meetings with their college counselor. This period also sees the initiation of standardized test preparations and early college visits.
Balancing Advanced Academics and Continued Involvement
As juniors, students continue their engagement in extracurricular activities and maintain their academic performance amidst more challenging IB Diploma Program classes.
College Selection, Tests, and Applications
They attend college representative visits, further narrow down their list of prospective colleges, and strategize their standardized testing plans. For athletes, this year also involves registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse or NAIA schools.
Summers offer an excellent opportunity to enhance your credentials. We guide students to find valuable volunteer or internship opportunities during this break.
The College Application Process
Senior year is the culmination of the journey. Students finalize their list of schools, make necessary test registrations, and participate in our College Boot Camp to solidify their application materials, including essays and recommendation letters.
Financial Planning and Aid
Understanding and planning for the financial aspects of college is also a crucial part of this year. Students are guided through the process of filling out the FAFSA or WASFA, and the CSS Profile where applicable.
Post-Application Period and Beyond
Post-application, students have time to reflect, explore further opportunities, and prepare for the transition to higher education. More information about this stage will be provided as the academic year progresses.