In many ways, the college and career guidance process at LCWS mirrors your entire experience here. It is student-centered, balanced, thoughtful, and thorough. Our rigorous academic and arts curriculum is a big part of your preparation for your next step, but there are other elements as well.
For example, we constantly ask you find out more about yourself, whether you are pushing your limits rock-climbing on a geology trip, or writing an extended research paper for Renaissance history. In each class and experience we require you to reflect, to ask, “How does what I am learning shape who I am becoming?” That reflection is some of the best preparation for deciding what to do next in your life, which requires knowing yourself very well indeed.
In addition, here at LCWS there are endless opportunities to take on leadership and define yourself in multiple ways. All of this supports your exploration of careers and colleges.
When you reach your junior year your search becomes more formal. Working with your advisor or our college counselor, you will review options and begin to shape your path: traditional college, art or trade school, or work. Our school supports and guides students taking up each of these options. In the case of students choosing not to apply immediately to college, LCWS works closely with the student and family to identify internships, mentorships, and summer work experiences that will prepare the student for the world of work.
Many students going on to college choose to take a gap year to work, travel, and explore interests. We encourage these students to apply to college during their senior year while the most support is available, and then defer acceptance, but we know that this is not always possible. Our guidance counselor and advisors help students identify goals and resources to make a gap year the best it can be.
Most LCWS students apply to and are accepted to four-year colleges during their senior year. Guided by our college counselor and Strategies for College, the independent college guidance firm with which we work, you will have a careful introduction to the college application process. You will be provided a list of colleges with which to begin your search, carefully matched to your interests, personality, academic profile, and financial needs. You will have the chance to participate in SAT preparation courses on campus. And you will begin regular individual meetings as you visit colleges, narrow your list, prepare your essays, complete Common Application and financial forms, submit applications, review financial awards, and make final decisions. We support students and families each step of the way.
A unique aspect of our comprehensive college guidance is the financial expertise of our consulting firm. Each family meets with a certified financial planner to review their family’s financial circumstances and plan the best approach to financing college. This service, like all of our college planning, is at no extra charge.
As a result of these many meetings, information gathering, and reflection, you will grow as a student and a person. At LCWS, we make getting into college a process that gets you ready for college—and for the next step into a more independent life.