Mrs. Marcia Hunt, Director of College and Academic Advising, developed an exceptional program for college and academic advising at Pine Crest School. Employing a holistic approach, all students in Grades 9-11 are assigned to a grade-level Dean for College and Academic Advising, who serves as an advocate and resource. The Deans meet individually with students throughout the year and advise them on a range of academic matters, encourage extracurricular involvement, and coordinate a series of grade-level educational programs for families and students.
To complement individual advising, the Deans introduce and use Naviance, a college planning web-based platform that offers a variety of solutions that enable students and families to collaborate and plan more effectively with counselors. The Deans and College Counselors work as a team for all Upper School students, building relationships with students, parents, and faculty — a hallmark of Pine Crest's College and Academic Advising program.
Discussions of specific colleges and assignment of a college counselor take place in January of the junior year. College Counselors work with students to identify colleges that best meet each student's needs and goals, help each student design and compile the most compelling applications, and keep students and families abreast of the trends, policies, and demographics that affect college admission decisions.
Among other services, the Deans and College Counselors:
Offer students and families expertise drawn from years of collective college admission experience at seven institutions, as well as from reading applications for such scholarship programs as Coca-Cola and U.S. Presidential Scholars, two of the nation's most competitive scholarship programs.
Host on-campus approximately 300 college admission officers every year between the School's annual college fair - one of South Florida's largest - and other presentations for students during the school day.
Organize the Symposium for Sophomore Families, an evening event where more than 15 admission officers lead families in small groups through mock admission committees, and the Symposium for Junior Families where ten admission deans and directors discuss in-depth the application and selection processes.
Provide programs for Upper and Middle School families to ensure that parents have an early understanding of the college selection process.
Invite college admission experts to speak to parents regarding Financial Aid and Athletic Recruiting.
Visit approximately 50 college campuses annually in order to discover new opportunities for students.
Coordinate an annual college trip to the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast regions for sophomores and juniors.
Attend multiple conferences every year including the annual conference of NACAC, SACAC, The College Board, and the Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools.
Serve as leaders in the field who have presented at conferences on a variety of topics, including: Choosing a College; College Admission Trends in the United States; The College Admission Essay; College Admission and the Media; Counseling Students for State University Systems; The Dos and Don'ts of Communicating with Colleges; Measuring Success in College Counseling; Methods for Standardized Test Prep; Socioeconomic Status in the College Admission Process; Strategies for Successful College Interviews; and Writing Recommendations.
Provide the opportunity to take a mock on-campus ACT exam.