The York Prep College Guidance program, designed and directed by Mrs. Jayme Stewart and Ms. Janet Rooney, assists students in finding and gaining acceptance to a college most suited to their needs, abilities, and preferences. To achieve this goal, the York Prep College Guidance office holds individual meetings with students and group meetings with parents on a continual basis.
One of our key missions as a New York City private school is to prepare students for college. College preparation begins as early as 6th grade, when curriculum choices are reviewed to ensure that each student’s educational growth is maximized. For example, students who demonstrate the requisite skills can take honors Math in 7th grade, followed by Pre-Algebra and placement in the more advanced math classes to finally earn a place in honors Calculus in the 12th grade.
Formal college guidance begins during a student’s junior year when students begin College 11, a class designed to help students with the application process. After juniors take the PSATs that fall, individual and group meetings with the college guidance counselors begin. Once seniors, the students continue with class, College 12, and all finish the process by December of their senior year. Students receive recommendations for specific colleges and universities that may best meet their needs and are informed that all improvements in grades, summer college courses, and SAT scores will enhance their chances of acceptance and may dramatically change the initial college list. Early Decision is strongly encourages for a student’s top choice school if appropriate.
York Prep is proud of and well known for its College Guidance program among private schools in Manhattan. The office works with the student to create a realistic list of nine colleges where he/she can successfully perform. York Prep believes that the student is the client–not the parent–and accordingly accepts much of the burden to guide the student through the anxieties and details of college applications. Mrs. Stewart and Ms. Rooney have many years of experience as the Co-Directors of College Guidance and because of their reputations, through the use of senior mailboxes, nag letters, and direct communication with colleges, we have a high rate of placement success and student satisfaction.
The emphasis is always on giving the student the ultimate responsibility for following clear schedule guidelines and completing the application process. In this way, students gain a real sense of accomplishment when they finish the program and are prepared for college where they must take on self-responsibility and self-advocacy. The great majority of graduating York Prep seniors has always been accepted to their top college choices.
College guidance at York Prep does not end with college acceptance. We encourage our graduates to continue to communicate with us once they arrive at their colleges. Once again, the College Guidance Office will not hesitate to contact a college directly if a York Prep graduate needs advocacy during the college years. The College Guidance office is always open and willing to assist York Prep students in their goal of getting into their best match college.
For more on York Prep’s College Guidance program, the book How to Get into the College of Your Choice: and How to Finance It (William Morrow & Co.), written by Jayme Stewart, is available as a valuable resource and reference.