OUTREACH TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
The Office of College Guidance at DRS is committed to working with all students and parents to support student success throughout the college application process. Using a combination of individualized meetings and group programming, Mrs. Chelst, the Director of College Guidance guides students and parents through academic course selection, extracurricular and co-curricular activities and building a thoughtful and well-balanced college list. Grade-level workshops are offered to parents to address topics of interest – there are College Schmoozes for ninth and tenth grade parents, Junior College Night for eleventh grade parents and a Financial Aid presentation for parents of all grades. Regardless of grade, Mrs. Chelst is always available to meet with students and parents to answer any questions and address any concerns.
In spring of Junior year, Mrs. Chelst holds an individual meeting with each student and his family to discuss his college goals and options. In preparation for this meeting, parents and students are asked to fill out an activity sheet and questionnaires. Juniors also work on their resumes and start drafting their college essay(s). Seniors meet with Mrs. Chelst, individually or in small groups, to complete their applications and to prepare for college interviews. The Office of College Guidance uses a SCOIR, a web-based platform, to support each student’s college application process.
OUTREACH TO COLLEGES AND DEANS OF ADMISSION
We are building bridges with colleges and expanding our contacts with Deans of Admission. Last year, we visited four colleges in the Boston area and Yeshiva University. This year, so far, we visited Princeton University and Cooper Union, establishing a personal connection with each Admission office. Additionally, we host many colleges at DRS, affording Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to meet with and hear about different college representatives. These meetings usually occur during lunch or at 5:15 PM, affording the most accessibility to our upperclassmen without missing classes. This year, we had thirteen colleges visit DRS, including: Johns Hopkins, Yeshiva University, Columbia University, Landers College, Stony Brook University, University of Chicago, Queens College, Baruch College and New York University.
Mrs. Chelst attends meetings that are hosted by various colleges for High School College Guidance personnel. The relationship that DRS has with colleges is organic, expanding and building on that relationship each year.
The College Guidance Handbook and Summer Programs Booklet are updated and reviewed each year. We email monthly Newsletters to students and parent, offering information on the mundane as well as important updates. Scholarships, internships and deadlines are frequently included. Letting our families know what is happening in the college guidance world is a priority for us. There are constant student meetings and an interrelationship with the staff and administration, with the goal of having your son achieve his college expectations.