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College 101 Underway

The college process can be an arduous road to navigate, but a new initiative in the College Counseling Office is helping chart the way for Upper School families.

Monthly breakfasts for parents and guardians of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are now underway and focused on such topics as standardized testing, college athletics and recruiting, and more.

Over coffee and bagels on Sept. 11, those on hand for the first program received an introduction to the College Counseling Office and Hamden Hall’s specific approach to the college process. The College Office is made up of director Kiki Carlson, college counselor Sue Toole, associate director Carole Bird, and director emeritus Fred Richter.

Even though the college process doesn’t officially begin until Grade 11, Mrs. Carlson noted that there are many opportunities at Hamden Hall to take advantage of in the years leading up a student’s junior year.

“We know that many Upper School parents have probably started thinking about college and may have questions,” said Mrs. Carlson of the new breakfast series.

Upcoming discussions will include the college application, building a competitive transcript, extracurricular activities and leadership roles, and the behemoth of them all – affording college. Mrs. Carlson noted that she may add an evening version for eighth-grade parents in the spring.

Head of School Bob Izzo further explained that providing this type of opportunity for parents is inherent in the Hamden Hall experience.

"Hamden Hall's College Counseling Office has been instrumental over the years in guiding and encouraging our students in their individual college searches. That's why the school can continually boast that, historically, three-quarters of our graduating seniors are admitted to institutions ranked as 'most competitive' and 'highly competitive.' Since parents and counselors share responsibility to both assist and empower the student, this new informational series is yet another tool that Hamden Hall provides to ensure success during this exciting transitional stage of life,” said Head of School Bob Izzo.

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