Just as the teachers at Verde Valley School create a student-centered learning environment, our college counseling team helps to foster active and open-minded collaboration with both students and parents during the college search and application process.
In this supportive environment, students learn how to identify their goals and interests, to manage a complex process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about their next steps after leaving VVS. Fundamentally, we believe that each student should control the self-evaluation, research, and application writing that are essential components to a successful college selection.
The formal process begins in January of junior year with weekly workshops. At this time students are given access to Naviance Family Connection, a web-based college-counseling tool that helps students search for colleges, assess suitability and keep track of their applications. Juniors also meet individually with a counselor in the spring. The goal by the end of junior year is for each student to have developed a list of appropriate colleges and universities that meet his or her goals and abilities. Workshops, weekly group meetings and individual meetings continue in the fall and winter of senior year. Monthly email newsletters keep students and parents updated on important tips and deadlines throughout the process, and parents are encouraged to stay in regular contact with counselors.
VVS graduates matriculate to selective colleges and universities around the world, as evidenced by our list of acceptances. What makes us most proud of our approach however, is following the idea that the journey is as important as the destination and a good fit between college and student allows for great success.
COLLEGE LAUNCH AZ
When: June 19 – 25, 2017 Where: Verde Valley School Cost: FREE
With generous support from the Arizona Community Foundation, Sedona-based Verde Valley School will host its inaugural College Launch AZ June 19 – 25, 2017: a tuition-free, week long residential College Application Workshop for 20 high-achieving 10th and 11th grade students from historically underrepresented communities in the Verde Valley and throughout Arizona including first generation college students, Students of Color, or Native Americans.
Under the direction of Meg Haesloop, Director of College Counseling at Verde Valley School, the program will be staffed by college students from throughout the country, some of whom were the first in their families to attend college. They will be joined throughout the week by admissions representatives from leading colleges and universities who will lead seminars and provide mentoring.
The workshop includes college research, college list development, essay and resume writing, feedback from admissions representatives, and a campus visit to a local university. By the end of the workshop, participants will have completed the Common Application, a collection of personal statements and supplement essays, an activities resume, a mock-interview, and a financial aid application.
Participants will live at Verde Valley School, sleeping in the dormitories, eating their meals in the dining hall, and enjoying the full experience of living and learning in a residential community. More information and application form below: