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Welcome to the Office of College Counseling!
Priory's college counseling office embraces the Benedictine value of individuality by offering support, guidance, and advice appropriate for students based on their own individual talents, abilities and passions. Priory's goal is to assist students in discovering colleges that are strong academic and social matches. Students and parents have access to full-time, highly trained, and experienced college counselors as well as a complete range of informational resources in the college counseling office.
Betty Van Wagenen, Director of College Counseling, and Alicia Parker, College Counselor, meet formally each year with students and parents as a group beginning in the sophomore year. In addition, students and parents are always welcome to speak individually with Ms. Van Wagenen and Mrs. Parker at any time. Students meet individually and in small groups with the counselors several times over the next three years as they become familiar with the admissions process, narrow their choices, arrange documentation, and, finally, complete college applications. When students take an active role in their college search, accepting responsibility, seeking information, and following guidelines, this process can be positive and even enjoyable. As an advocate for each student, the counselors personalize the process in assisting each student to find and to be accepted at schools that are an appropriate academic and social match--the true definition of a "good" school.
Woodside Priory School uses Family Connection by Naviance (to see a tutorial on how to use this tool, click here). Family Connection offers innovative, easy-to-use web applications for high school students and their parents to assist them with college and career planning. We will be rolling out the college search and resume building features.
Thank you for your continued support of our college counseling program; it is our pleasure to assist you.
Betty Van Wagenen and Alicia Parker
Betty Van Wagenen
Director of College Counseling
Asst. Director of College Counseling