The College Guidance Department at Gerstell Academy educates students through a comprehensive four-year program designed to provide the critical thinking skills and confidence necessary for students to navigate through the college search process.
An integral part of each student's leadership development, College Guidance prepares students to be proactive and to take charge of their future. Working with each student individually, we explore who they are, how they learn, what path they want to pursue, and where they would like to apply and matriculate.
The College Counseling Process
Beginning in grade nine, Gerstell Academy students are given their own account on NAVIANCE, a college and career web-based resource, which they utilize throughout their years in Upper School. Through NAVIANCE, students have the opportunity to develop their self-awareness by investigating their optimum learning style based upon their personality profiles. They also explore their interests and learn about potential careers that match their personality and passions, and then see what majors best prepare them for those careers.
Throughout Upper School, students are encouraged to work to their full academic potential.
Students understand their grades and standardized testing results will be combined to form a critical piece of their college application. With this knowledge, we provide students the opportunity to take the practice examinations of the ACT Aspire in 9th and 10th Grade and the PSATs in 10th and 11th grade. Students can also take advantage of additional support and resources for standardized testing, and by 11th grade, our students are prepared for the SATs and ACTs.
As Gerstell Academy students progress through Upper School, they examine what kind of college or university environment most appeals to them and research what possible major(s) would best prepare them for their career interests. Our students also have the opportunity to meet with 40-50 college and university representatives from across the country as they visit our campus each school year.
College Guidance provides Student/Parent Forums each semester for all Upper School grade levels. Topics covered include: learning styles, standardized test results, the college selection process, the college application process and financial aid. In addition, individual meetings with students and parents are scheduled during each year of Upper School as an opportunity to connect one-on-one with the Director of College Guidance.