Collaborative. Intentional. Reflective.
The College Counseling Office at Saint James School facilitates a college search and application process that celebrates the talents of our student body, but is also tailored to the needs of every individual. Our comprehensive programming, bespoke guidance and dynamic research tools empower students to engage directly with the college search process, and in doing so engenders a sense of ownership towards their future.
As a small academic and residential community, we take a highly collaborative approach to college counseling. We draw on insights from teachers, coaches, residential advisors, extracurricular sponsors, and the chaplaincy to help our students find their own narrative. Our approach builds a network of support available throughout the application, decision notification and matriculation process.
Our college counseling program is intentional in its aim to find the right ‘fit’ for every student. We encourage strategic college searches that match aspirations with individual needs, whether they be academic, extracurricular, financial, social, etc. Thus, we advocate for a balanced and well-rounded college list that realizes the full potential of every student.
Our approach is inherently reflective as students are asked to think about what they value in their educational experience. In this way, we examine dimensions of fit such as academic offerings, athletics, finances, geography, size and student life in order to develop a college search that aligns with each student in an authentic manner. Hence, our students apply to college with a level of confidence that is genuine, purposeful and forward thinking.
In its totality, our college counseling philosophy is holistic and seeks to echo the larger school mission to “challenge and inspire our students to be leaders for good in the world.”
Director of College Counseling
(301) 733-9330 ext. 3015
A native of Virginia and an independent school “lifer,” Robert Harry joined Saint James School as Director of College Counseling in 2017. Prior to his arrival, he was Associate Director of The College Center at Battle Ground Academy in Tennessee and directed university placement and college advising programs at Oundle School in the United Kingdom. Robert earned his BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia and his MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Cambridge in England. As a teacher, coach, residential adviser and college counselor, Robert thoroughly enjoys the pace and energy inherent in school communities and is keen to assist Saint James students and families in the college search and application process.
2019-2020 SJS COLLEGE COUNSELING EVENTS
Upcoming College Counseling Events
The Office of College Counseling endeavors to provide current parents and students programming that will give further insight into the college admission and application process.
The following is a list of programs we have been pleased to offer our families.
- Sixth Form College Essay Workshop - Levi May, American University
- All About Financial Aid: What Families Need to Know - Presented by Chad Spencer, Davidson College
- Serious About STEM: College Admissions in the STEM Fields - Presented by Kathleen Voss, Georgia Tech; Brianna Braswell, Lafayette College; Capt. Russell Verby, US Naval Academy; and Sterling Yates, University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
- Considering College Athletic Recruitment: Information for Prospective Athletes and Families - Presented by Kathy Phillips, Duke University
- 2020 and Beyond: Preparing for College Admissions in the Future - Presented by Heidi Frye - Gettysburg College, Dylan Keene - Emory University, and Kristen Pantaze - University of Pennsylvania
- The State of College Admissions: An Interactive Q&A Session - Presented by Julie Kerich - Franklin & Marshal College and Taylor Duval - University of Maryland
Robert Harry, SJS Director of College Counseling, was featured by The Princeton Review as one of "20 school counselors who make a difference."
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