In keeping with the mission of Saint James School, the Office of College Counseling strives to educate and prepare students for the college search, application, and selection processes in a highly individualized way.
College counseling at Saint James begins during the Fourth Form (sophomore) year. In the fall, students are encouraged to get involved on campus academically, co-curricularly, and socially. Students also take the PSAT, which gives them an opportunity to experience a standardized test, in many cases, for the first time. The results are discussed with the students during the second trimester, and a game plan is created in order to help keep students on track in and out of the classroom. During the spring trimester, Fourth Form parents and students are invited to a college forum, where they are introduced to the college counseling process.
During the Fifth Form (junior) year, students are expected to meet with several of the approximately 50 college representatives who visit our campus each fall. They are required to take the PSAT in the fall (for National Merit Scholarship consideration), the SAT I in the winter, and SAT I or II in the spring. During the second trimester, Fifth Form students begin meeting with the Director of College Counseling to discuss their academic and co-curricular progress and to create a preliminary college list. Periodically throughout the remainder of the year, they continue to meet individually and as a class with the college counselor to gauge their progress and to continue the development of their college list. During the winter trimester, Fifth Form students and their parents are invited to the “College Forum,” a panel discussion about the college process, where they are able to learn more from representatives from selected national colleges and universities. This introduction will help students and parents continue to understand the college process and to help them make informed decisions about what they are looking for in a college.
Director of College Counseling
301-733-9330 ext. 3026