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College Counseling


Small enough and smart enough to truly personalize each learning experience.
Below is an outline of general dates for the college process. For more specific information, download the Class of 2021 Calendar.

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year

    • Develop good study habits
    • Get involved! Learn about extra curricular activities – many colleges consider talent, 
commitment and leadership
    • Develop a 4-year academic plan with advisor and grade level curriculum coordinator
    • Consider taking SAT II Subject test if you are completing an Honors or AP Course
    • If you have excelled at a specific sport and think you will want to play at the college 
level, meet with the college office to plan for the recruiting process. 

  • Sophomore Year

    • Take the PSAT (given to all sophomores/juniors in October)

    • Update 4-year academic plan with advisor and grade level curriculum coordinator
    • Consider taking SAT II Subject test if you are completing an Honors or AP Course
    • Begin to visit some college campuses when traveling

    • Consider engaging in test preparation during the summer 

  • Junior Year

    • Take the PSAT in October 
    • Visit with college representatives in College Office in the fall during free periods 
    • Make college visits on non-school days (prof. development days, Columbus Day, etc.) 
    • Research college choices – use the resources in the College Counseling Office, and Naviance Family Connection Software 
    • Register to take the ACT/SAT Reasoning Test/SAT II Subject Tests – check for winter and spring dates 
    • Attend weekend and evening workshops on college planning for students and parents 
in October, February and April 
    • Explore SAT/ACT review courses/tutoring 
    • Take ACT (with writing)/or SAT (SAT II – subject area tests as required by highly 
selective colleges). It is recommended to take these standardized tests in the late 
winter or in the spring before the school year ends. 
    • Review 4 year academic plan, graduation and college entrance requirements 
    • Begin scholarship searches using resources linked to Family Connection 
    • Complete Student and Parent questionnaires 
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop 
    • Complete the Transcript Release/Waiver Form for NCAA if you are considering 
Division I or II sports at the college level 
    • Attend local College Fairs 
    • Take AP exams in May 
    • During the summer, work on college essays and continue college visits
  • Senior Year

    • Attend end of summer College Counseling Retreat (the day before classes begin) 
    • Revise college list in SCOIR 
    • Approach two teachers EARLY for letters of recommendation and submit request 
through SCOIR 
    • Parents attend September meeting for question/answer session with the 
college counselors 
    • Visit with college representatives at Derryfield during the fall 
    • Finalize list of colleges to apply to by December 1 
    • If necessary, register for the SAT I, SATII +/or ACT and retake before January 1. 
    • Submit the FAFSA for Financial Aid after January 1 and before March 1. 
    • Register on-line for the “CSS/Financial Aid Profile,” if required by college. This is a 
supplement to the FAFSA that is required by some colleges.

Meet the Office

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Amanda Gagne

    Amanda Gagne 

    Registrar and College Counseling Coordinator
  • Photo of Jill Teeters

    Jill Teeters 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Ext. 2306
  • Photo of Brennan Barnard

    Brennan Barnard 

    Director of College Counseling and Outreach
    Ext. 2232

The Derryfield School

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