College Counseling

The uniquely global scope of Avenues’ curriculum provides students with the educational and extracurricular opportunities that make for competitive and compelling college applications. To that end, we offer highly individualized college counseling in tandem with our deans program.

Over the course of multiple years, deans build strong relationships with each of their advisees, making them uniquely qualified to support students in navigating the college application process. They counsel students on how to make strong academic and extracurricular choices that reflect Avenues’ values and help identify institutions that best fit their advisees’ academic interests and priorities. To prepare students for the college admission process, we focus on the pillars of our program: striving for academic excellence; identifying and pursuing academic and extracurricular passions through the Mastery program; engaging in our community—as well as in communities abroad—in ways that bring about social good; and gaining proficiency in more than one language. Every student completes a portfolio of writing, artwork, design projects, social innovation pursuits, internships, athletic achievements and international experiences that will distinguish them in the application pools of selective colleges and universities.

In addition to guidance from deans, Avenues offers a full range of resources to support the college search and application process, including a spring break college tour, practice administrations of the SAT and ACT, standardized test preparation courses and a college essay writing course. Each fall, deans organize meetings for students to speak with college admission representatives at the Avenues campus. Students have further opportunity to research their options at our annual college fair, held each spring.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Young
Director of Deans and College Counseling
ayoung@avenues.org
646.664.0806

Timothy Hudson
Dean and College Counselor, Grades 10–12
thudson@avenues.org
646.664.0979

Risa Sang-urai Harms
Dean of Students, Grades 10–12
rharms@avenues.org
646.664.0901

If you are a college admissions officer and would like to schedule a visit to Avenues, please contact:

Brielle O’Brien
Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
bobrien@avenues.org
646.664.0895

 

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