The college counseling program at The Stony Brook School seeks to go beyond the standard goals of college guidance: to help students research, identify, apply to, and gain admission to the school that will best meet their needs, nurture their talents and passions, and challenge them. It takes a holistic view of the college process and sees it as a time when students can both discover themselves and develop the necessary skills to navigate the process successfully. The development of the student is a vital component of the program, as we enable students to gain self-insight, equip them with relevant and current information and help them to develop initiative in taking ownership of the process. The goal is to enable students to find the best fit school for them.
The program exists to empower students to make informed decisions, to advocate effectively for themselves, and use strong organizational skills throughout the process by following a schedule and meeting deadlines. The college counselors will act as coaches by providing timely information, counseling, and support to help each student in the process.
The program is based on three tenets:
Insight: We believe that each student is unique. Our mission is to help students know themselves in and beyond the classroom. This is accomplished through individual and group meetings, online personality and learning style assessments, and constant interaction with students in the context of boarding school life.
Information: Parents and students will receive current and timely information about the college application process. We believe knowledge is power. We want to empower students to move through the process with confidence.
Initiative: Ultimately, the college application process belongs to the student. Although parents and counselors can be great sources of support along the way, we want to encourage students to take control of their college application process in order to make the best decision for themselves.