Every aspect of the process
—from how students are assigned counselors, to when the formal in-depth work starts (January of junior year), to how college counselors get students to think about what they need and want in their college experience, to the way in which the teacher recommendation process is orchestrated, to the timing behind the essay-writing workshops, to the tenacity in reading draft after draft of application essays—is designed with the head, hearts, and hands of the school's highly ambitious students from many diverse backgrounds in mind.While the college counseling team
is always trying to balance the needs of many parties—students, parents, faculty, college admissions officers—it maintains a mostly student-centric perspective. The focus is on counseling, not “placement,” and thus the college counselors abide by the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Principles of Good Practice
in guiding our students and families, and in communicating with colleges.The best applicants for college
are those students who have most fully and authentically engaged in their high school experiences—academic, personal, and extra-curricular—r
ather than those who have been focused on “what colleges want” from the beginning. Students who approach the college process thoughtfully, rather than frantically, and see it as a mode of self-discovery rather than a game—as important as strategies might be at times—do best and remain happiest with their final options and decisions. LWHS college counselors encourage students to follow their lead in approaching the college research and application process with a sense of calm, mindfulness, and enthusiasm for the possibilities to come!