College Counseling

College Counseling at Sage Hill is a unique, four-year program that fulfills two purposes.

  • First, we ensure that our students make the most of their time in high school by engaging in academic and co-curricular pursuits that prepare them for college. 
  • Second, we offer a highly personalized, student-centered college application process focused on helping each student find the best college fit based on his or her academic profile, aspirations, talents, and interests.
Every year, Sage Hill students are accepted to some of the most selective colleges in the country, including Stanford, MIT, Ivy League universities, USC, and University of California campuses, as well as top liberal arts colleges like Amherst and Williams. Yet, we believe that college admission is not a prize to be won, but a match to be made. We measure success not just by the number of acceptances but by the appropriateness of each match.

With one counselor for every 40 students, every student receives ample attention.

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  • Ninth Grade

    College counseling begins informally to ensure that students make the most of their time at Sage Hill, in both academics and co-curricular activities. Sage Hill’s Dean of Ninth and Tenth Grade College Counseling offers small group meetings and workshops for students to craft a four year Academic Plan, and presentations for parents before they formally embark on the college admissions journey.
  • Tenth Grade

    Students and their parents meet privately with the Dean of Ninth and Tenth Grade College Counseling to refine their Academic Plan. Grade-specific informational meetings for students and families continue to guide the process.
  • Eleventh Grade

    Each junior is assigned to a college counselor, who advises students on standardized testing, college visits, summer activities, and other important factors in the process. Each family meets privately with their counselor to begin developing a target list of colleges based on the student’s unique personality, learning style, goals, and other preferences.
  • Twelfth Grade

    By senior year, our counselors know each student well and write meaningful letters of recommendation that make applications stand out. During the summer before senior year, students attend optional essay and application workshops led by our counselors. In the fall, admission representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities visit Sage Hill and meet with our students in small sessions. Students learn more about the colleges and have the opportunity to get to know the individual who will likely read their applications. When students finalize their application lists, our counselors ensure transcripts, teacher recommendations, and other required elements are submitted to each college in a timely manner. Finally, when admission results are received, our counselors help our students choose the best college fit.

Meet the College Counseling Office

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