It’s not a question of getting in. It’s a question of which school is best for you.
A Path to the College of Your Choice
Just like everything we do, the college counseling experience is individualized. We begin our conversations with students upon enrollment to help them set personalized goals and benefit from two or more years of:
- Early one-on-one planning
- Individualized coaching throughout the application process
- SAT, ACT, and TOEFL preparation
- Exposure to 250+ colleges/universities through on-campus mini college fairs
- 3 Experienced and accessible staff members:
Anthony Lambert [email protected] BIO
Keeley Chretien [email protected]
Mary Lee Harrington [email protected] BIO
A Perfect Fit
We match professional ambitions, personal passions, and learning styles to find the best colleges and universities to fit a student’s trajectory. Throughout the process, we continue to hone in on opportunities within our students’ schools of choice.
We look at:
- Selective private colleges
- Large Division 1 schools
- Prominent universities
- Smaller colleges
- Art and other specialty schools
- International colleges/universities
College Acceptance Profile:
Gymnastics at Stanford
“I learned a lot from Mr. Tony Lambert and Mrs. Kelly Harris about focusing on what you’re good at, focusing energy on my strengths. The Winch always believed in me.”
Bryan Perla, a West Boylston, MA native and Winchendon School senior, has earned acceptance to Stanford University and a spot on the gymnastics program for the 2017-2018 season. Home to the country’s second-ranked gymnastics program, Stanford is a fitting place for Bryan to land. “I was bouncing off the walls and beds when I was younger,” recalls Bryan, the 2016 Junior Olympics horizontal bar champion. “My parents needed to do something constructive with my energy.”
Bryan enrolled at The Winchendon School his sophomore year, citing the low student-to-teacher ratio as a deciding factor for both The Winchendon School and similarly-structured Stanford.
“Winchendon taught me a lot about independence, about time management, and creating relationships.”
College Counseling Program Overview
The College Counseling Program at The Winchendon School assists each student in gaining admission to colleges where the student will thrive. To accomplish this, we offer a multi-step individualized counseling program that extends throughout the high school years, with the most active time being the second half of the junior year and the senior (or PG) year.
Students adjust to being in high school, making it a good time to assess one’s academic strengths, personal interests, and environmental preferences.
- We ask students to think about the following questions:
- What am I good at?
- Where do I need to improve my skills and performance?
- How am I going to do that?
- In close coordination with their teachers, students are evaluated and equipped to excel to the best of their abilities in the classroom which then positions students for optimal academic trajectories.
- Additionally, we encourage opportunities to pursue activities that express one’s personal interests.
Students are enrolled in appropriately challenging schedules and supported to do their very best.
- We focus on building effective study skills and adapting to learning styles.
- We encourage involvement in co-curricular activities of particular strength and/or interest.
- Through research and/or job-shadowing, students begin to explore professions that might interest them.
- Sophomores take the PSAT for the first time (results are not disclosed) and lay a foundation for SAT/ACT preparation.
Academics are focused on maintaining good grades throughout a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum.
- We place more emphasis on co-curricular activities and opportunities for leadership or special recognition.
- All juniors take the PSAT in October.
- We begin individual meetings with juniors in the winter when they begin working with Naviance, our college counseling software system.
- In the spring, each junior will spend at least one free period each week working with College Counseling to identify colleges to research and visit over the summer.
- Juniors should take the SAT in May.
- Students for whom English is not the first language need to take the TOEFL before the end of the junior year.
Students use the summer for college applications: researching and visiting colleges, working on college essays, and preparing for college admissions testing.
Of course, the senior year is the busiest time for students. During the first semester (until they have completed the process as stipulated by the Director of College Counseling), Seniors and PG’s will spend at least one free period each week working with College Counseling to guide each step of the process.
Individual circumstances - like athletics, scholarships, and/or research interests for example - will add variations to this general outline.
- Seniors finish college admissions testing by December
- Finalize college application lists
- Complete and submit applications to colleges by November 1
- Apply for financial aid as needed by January
- Decide what institution they will attend and finish necessary paperwork early spring