That’s why Dawson’s approach to the college counseling process is unmatched.
One of the benefits of a Dawson education is access to our one-on-one college counseling program. Beginning in eighth grade, students and their parents are introduced to grade-appropriate college admissions topics. While getting academically and socially grounded in high school, freshmen are introduced to college counseling in health classes and during some lunch/after school programming with their sophomore classmates. Sophomores and juniors may take advantage of a week-long college visit trip during Winterim. Juniors and seniors take formal college counseling classes.
The goal is for students to gain independence and take ownership of their college search and application processes. The formal college counseling program begins during the second semester of junior year with college counseling classes and individual meetings.
As a result, college-bound students
- Become more self-aware
- Explore college matches with “fit” in mind
- Learn about financial aid and scholarships
- Understand the college application and decision-making process
Perhaps the greatest strength of our college counseling program is the relationships that are forged between our college counselor and students. Students’ letters of recommendation are written by a college counselor who has worked with them in the classroom, chaperoned their class trips, and counseled each and every student through the college admissions process.
This attention to our students’ goals and finding the college or university that is the best fit for them ensures that our graduates leave Dawson ready to flourish at the university level.