College and University Counseling
Updated: September 20, 2012, 1:34 pm
Welcome to ISB’s College and University counseling page!
As the college and university counselor, I work with high school students throughout their time at ISB, from their orientation at the beginning of Grade 9 through commencement and often into their lives as alumni of the school.
Grades 9 & 10: Students in Grades 9 and 10 prepare for the university admissions process by doing their best in coursework, extra-curricular activities and community service. They are given an overview and then oriented with Naviance, our application and tracking system, and have access to the documents and databases through which they can begin to build resumes and explore universities. Parents can are given access codes to Naviance during the Grade 10 year and are able to use these resources with their children; the link to this website is available in the right-hand toolbar of this page. Students take two standardized tests in Grades 9 & 10 that serve as practice for university entrance exams (see chart below). This foundation prepares them for the formal university application process in grades 11 and 12.
Grades 11 & 12: The goal of counseling students through the university admissions process is to help them realize what post-secondary options would best suit their needs and aspirations. To this end, I work closely with families and students to research possible university options, develop a list of schools that provide a “good fit” for the students, and submit their applications in a thorough and timely fashion. Location, style of education, size of school, cost, and quality are all important aspects that students and families must consider when constructing a list of universities to which they will apply. Most ISB students choose to attend university in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. With the successful completion of the full IB Diploma at the end of Grade 12, students can improve their chance of admission to, and academic standing at, universities worldwide.
The university admissions counseling process at ISB includes group and individual meetings. Course selection at the end of Grade 10 includes a conversation about university goals. Several university representatives visit the high school campus throughout the year. Evening programs in the middle of Grade 11 are followed by individualized family meetings which outline a student’s goals for post-secondary study. In the beginning of the Grade 12, the formal application process begins in earnest. At this point, students are encouraged to have a reasonable list of a variety of universities to which they are applying. The international admissions world is a very competitive one—it is important for students to have a variety of universities from which to choose.
Standardized Testing: Since many universities may require a standardized entrance exam, the high school prepares its students with opportunities to practice these test-taking skills. We also host an SAT Preparation class on campus after school hours for our Grade 11 students.
||Measurement of Academic Progress exam (MAP)
||Twice a year in the fall and spring
||Practice reading, writing and mathematics skills in comparison to students in similar international schools worldwide. Provides the school with data to support each student’s progress.
||PSAT (Preliminary SAT)
||Practice critical reading, writing and mathematics skills in the format of United States university entrance exam. Provides students and families with analysis of how to improve their test-taking skills in certain key areas. Can qualify very high-scoring students for merit scholarships.
||Offered in: May, June
||For students applying to American and Canadian universities, but accepted as a qualification also in the U.K. and other locales.
Provides universities with standardized data on which admissions decisions are partially based
||Offered in: October, November, December
||For students applying to American and Canadian universities, but accepted as a qualification also in the U.K. and other locales Provides standardized data on which admissions decisions are partially based.
||Offered in: October, November December
||Subject tests in particular areas of study. Required by some American universities, for entrance into highly-competitive programs.
Please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment at any time.