Educational Excellence Since 1912
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12


The Hamden Hall college counselors provide guidance and advice to students and their families in the college search. Our different backgrounds and experiences are assets as we support each student’s individual wants and needs in the process. Our goal is to help students find colleges at which they can be happy and successful, explore and develop their range of talents and interests, and grow to become confident, contributing human beings.  

College advising begins in earnest midway through the junior year and is student driven and student focused. As counselors, our first task is to listen; we aim to discover who the student is, what motivates them, and what they are seeking in a college education. We educate students about the many options and the ever-evolving expectations and requirements of the application process. We provide advice about scheduling, standardized tests, applications, recommendations, and decision making. We want the student to feel they have all the information and tools to end up at the right college for the right reasons for them.

It is our philosophy that each student should be guided and encouraged in this experience.  Parents are an important part of the process, and they have questions about how best to support their child. We provide regular outreach and education for parents starting freshman year, and we continue to communicate with them to answer questions and alleviate concerns throughout the entire college application process.

Meet the Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Kiki Carlson

    Kiki Carlson 

    Director of College Counseling, History
    Dartmouth College - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Carole Bird

    Carole Bird 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Colby College - B.A.
    N.Y.U. - M.B.A.
  • Photo of Kristopher Henaire

    Kristopher Henaire 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    University of Connecticut - B.S.
    University of Connecticut - M.B.A.

Hamden Hall Country Day School

About Us

Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.