College Counseling and Planning
Waverly is a college preparatory school; the curriculum is specifically intended to prepare students for higher education. The Waverly School encourages students to do their best academic work, mindful of college expectations, while having balanced, full lives. While taking an appropriately challenging course load is important, reading for pleasure, exploring volunteer opportunities, engaging in social and political action, playing sports, or spending time with friends and family are essential activities for adolescents to develop a sense of who they are. Waverly students are admitted to a wide range of excellent colleges and universities, as demonstrated here: 2023 College Admissions (PDF). Waverly’s objective is to ensure that students develop the skills to succeed in college and to live meaningful lives as adults.
Students and families receive college counseling throughout their high school experience. When students register for classes, they work closely with the assistant head of school and the college counselor to ensure that they take courses that are interesting, challenging, and manageable. The school administers the PSAT test in 10th and 11th grade. Further, there are information nights offered by the college counselor, guiding students and families in the appropriate steps to explore, visit, and ultimately narrow down a list of potential colleges and universities. In 11th grade, students meet weekly with the college counselor to explore the application and financial aid processes and develop their college lists. In the first semester of 12th grade, students meet with the college counselor regularly as they manage the various applications. Once students are admitted, the college counselor offers guidance in making final decisions.