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1 R ETHINKING THE H IGH S CHOOL V ISIT : I MPLEMENTING P ROGRAMS TO C ONNECT S TUDENTS AND A DMISSION C OUNSELORS Gregg Murray Michael Nation Karen Rowe Viewpoint School Oaks Christian School The Meadows School

2 O VERVIEW Why Connect Students and Admission Counselors? Programmatic Overview The Meadows School Viewpoint School Oaks Christian School Admission Counselor Survey Results Student Survey Results Supporting Students’ Noncognitive Growth

3 W HY C ONNECT S TUDENTS AND A DMISSION C OUNSELORS ? Add authenticity and depth to the high school visit Allow admission counselors to interact with students Educate admission counselors about student life Enable students to serve as ambassadors of the school Support student engagement in college process Encourage active participation in college search Allay student fears of the “scary” admission counselor Enhance students’ noncognitive learning opportunities Provide alternative methods to develop “soft-skills”

4 T HE M EADOWS S CHOOL Las Vegas, NV Independent PK – upper school students 2 College Counselors for graduating class of ~70 100% college acceptance, very high achieving “College Ambassadors Club”

5 C OLLEGE A MBASSADOR R ESPONSIBILITIES Greet college admission counselors Members used for panel discussions Senior members speak with 9 th and 10 th grade advisory classes Sponsor Instagram accountInstagram Write for the college blog Make treats for recommendation appreciation

6 F UTURE I NITIATIVES Sponsor May 1 st celebration Sponsor “college of the week” during announcements Sponsor a college assembly Write thank you notes to admission counselors Make a podcast highlighting the school

7 P ROGRAMMATIC A DVICE Change can be tough Teacher buy-in Getting more underclassmen involved

8 V IEWPOINT S CHOOL C ALABASAS, CA Independent, co-ed., college prep, PK-12, day school 500 students in grades college counselors for a graduating class of ~120 students 100% college acceptance, very high achieving

9 F OUNDERS ’ C LUB R ESPONSIBILITIES Greet college admission counselors Provide campus tour option for college admission counselors Assist with check-in and serve as college representative hosts for Junior Case Studies Night

10 F OUNDERS ’ C LUB G OALS Encourage active participation in college process Build productive relationships Create an inviting experience for college admission counselors Promote and spread college knowledge within the school through sponsored activities Promote non-cognitive learning opportunities for students

11 F UTURE I NITIATIVES Write college visit blog from student perspective to post on social media Assist with Summer Enrichment Fair Establish leadership roles within Founders’ Club for individuals interested in assisting with student-to-student scheduling and communications Encourage students to create tour route and informal script for other Founders’ Club members

12 P ROGRAMMATIC A DVICE Logistical issues Matching students with college admission counselor Maintain Counselor-to-Counselor relationship Student leadership & Communication

13 O AKS C HRISTIAN S CHOOL W ESTLAKE V ILLAGE, CA Independent, co-ed., college prep, 6-12, day school 950 students in grades college counselors for a graduating class of 240 students 98% college acceptance, high achieving

14 C OLLEGE C OUNSELING A MBASSADORS Provide opportunities for students to become comfortable and familiar with admission counselors and the college exploration process Create an inviting atmosphere for college admission counselors with at least 1 student and 1 college counselor in attendance Promote an environment for students to see that “great colleges” are not defined by rankings

15 C OLLEGE A MBASSADOR C LUB G OALS Interact with students and have them be active participants in the college admission process Create an inviting experience for college admission counselors Promote and spread college knowledge within the school community through sponsored activities

16 C OLLEGE A MBASSADOR A CTIVITIES Students volunteer at the beginning of the year Greet admission counselors Host the admission counselor at a roundtable discussion (using a questionnaire as a guide- when needed) Offer a tour of the campus Walk the admission counselor out Write handwritten thank you notes (newer addition to program) Help admission counselor get a glimpse into Oaks Christian

17 C OLLEGE C OUNSELING P REFECT One student selected by a committee Announces which colleges will be on campus to peers during an all-school assembly Recruits volunteers for college counseling events Announces events that the College Counseling Office is offering Coordinates all college counseling ambassadors hosting dates/times Meets with a college counselor each week

18 I MPORTANT F ACTORS Teacher/Administrator buy-in Well advertised (Weekly Counselor s, Posted on TV’s, announced at assembly each week, updated on School calendar and Naviance) 10 th grade students are required to attend two visits Prefect does a lot of daily tasks Any given period we have students with open periods If missing class, students get a teacher permission slip signed Closed Campus- one place to check in for admission counselors

19 I S I T W ORTH T HE E FFORT ? Admission Counselor Responses Student Responses Learning Outcomes

20 College Admission Counselors surveyed College Admission Counselors greeted by students College Admission Counselors offered tours by students College Admission Counselors responding that fewer than 1/5 of high schools they visit had a greeter College Admission Counselors responding that fewer than 1 out of every 10 high schools they visited offer a tour

21 R ATING OF P ERSONAL E XPERIENCE

22 P LEASE INDICATE WHETHER THE GREETER / GUIDE HAD AN IMPACT ON YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE FOLLOWING :

23 SAID TOURS IMPROVED THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE S CHOOL C ONTEXT. “Love seeing the HS from the students perspective” “Receive genuine opinions about the school” “Feel welcomed and that the HS values my visit” “Better understanding of school culture, arts opportunities, resources, electives, facilities, etc.” “There is a great level of authenticity with the personal greeting and conversation” “Enhanced my perspective of the school and/or a particular student”

24 25% OF RESPONDENTS SAID THE TOURS DID NOT IMPROVE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE S CHOOL C ONTEXT. Least favorite Aspects of Greeter/guide programs Not enough time to take a tour (cannot do it/feel bad saying no) When the student greeter replaces the opportunity to meet with a counselor Would like to know a tour is available ahead of time If it is a lesser known college, students often lack enthusiasm or are dismissive. Students should do some research before greeting them When shy, non-talkative or socially awkward student hosts greet or tour

25 W HAT DO YOU PREFER WHEN VISITING A HIGH SCHOOL ?

26 Students surveyed Thought the program to greet/give a tour was beneficial to themselves Thought the program to greet/give a tour was beneficial to their high school Rated their experience greeting and/or touring the admission counselor as excellent Improvements were also reported in Professionalism and Communication

27 W HY DID STUDENTS BECOME INVOLVED ? “To build a relationship with the college I want to go to” “Get a kick-start on the admissions process and get acquainted with who’d be reading the applications for our school” “I wanted to show the rep the real me and not just the paper version they will see in my application” “It helped my ability to greet and connect with complete strangers”

28 F IVE C ATEGORIES OF N ON C OGNITIVE F ACTORS Academic Behaviors Academic Perseverance Academic Mindset Learning Strategies Social Skills Social Skills Interpersonal Skills, Empathy, Cooperation, Assertion, and Responsibility Academic Behaviors Academic Performance

29 S TUDENTS ’ S ELF -R EPORTED N ON - C OGNITIVE L EARNING O UTCOMES Professionalism Conversation Skills Communication Confidence Self-Advocacy Networking Public Speaking Leadership Initiative Accountability Time Management Organization 58% 55% 40% 36% 32% 28% 25% 24% 16% 14%

30 QUESTIONS? Karen Rowe - The Meadows School Gregg Murray - Viewpoint School Michael Nation - Oaks Christian School


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