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, including opportunities to meet admissions representatives from colleges across the country and the world.
Rolando Crisostomo, Director of College Counseling, and Elise Maar, Associate Director of College Counseling, guide students through a four-year curriculum that emphasizes discovering personal learning styles and long-term project planning, as well as course planning, standardized testing prep, college research, and application tools, and personal statement preparation.
Students meet individually and in small groups with the counselors several times in increasing frequency as they approach the completion of college applications. The counselors help students become familiar with the admissions process, narrow their choices, arrange documentation, and, finally, complete their college applications. When students take an active role in their college search by accepting responsibility, seeking information, and following guidelines, this process is effective, positive, and often leads students to discover something new about themselves.
The college counselors are advocates for each individual student. They assist students in finding and gaining acceptance to schools that are appropriate academic and social matches—the true definition of a “best fit” college. Woodside Priory School uses Family Connection by Naviance
(see a tutorial on how to use this tool
). Family Connection is an innovative and intuitive tool for high school students and their parents to research colleges, organize choices, and create college lists. Every student is required to use Naviance to complete the application process.
Thank you for your continued support of our college counseling program; it is our pleasure to assist you.
Rolando Crisostomo and Elise Maar
Mr. Crisostomo and Ms. Maar are available throughout each school day by appointment. Drop-ins are welcome when available, but pre-scheduled appointments take precedence. Please note that Ms. Maar is only on campus Monday through Thursday.