College counseling at Metairie Park Country Day is student-centered and mindful of adolescent development throughout the college search and application process. The journey is introspective for students and provides opportunities for growth while gaining an independent sense of self. Students who are happiest throughout the process understand their abilities and needs, dedicate time to research and visiting colleges, and are thorough, thoughtful, organized, and balanced in their approach. In partnership with families, we support students in selecting institutions that align with their interests, values, and goals to provide them opportunities for success both academically and socially. College counselors advise, educate, support, and advocate on behalf of the student.
Choosing a college to attend is probably the most important decision that a student will make in the first thirteen years of schooling. At Country Day, the college counseling program strives to achieve a harmonious match between student and college, taking into account geography, academics, interests, ability, personality, attitudes, finances, and goals. The college counseling staff, assisted by parents and teachers, helps make this decision less confusing, less frustrating, and more rewarding for the student.
Country Day's college counseling program is designed to work with students from their freshman through their senior years. The program's goal in the freshman and sophomore years is to familiarize students with the process that will lead to the most suitable choice of institution. During the junior and senior years, the program focuses on the actual process of college selection and application.
As a college preparatory school, our experience in guiding students through the selection and admissions process can greatly increase the chances of successful college matriculation, just as our educational program greatly increases their chances of a successful college career.