Every interaction between a student and college counselor takes place with the present and future well-being of the student in mind. Although the college selection and application process does not begin formally until the fall of Grade 11, much is done prior to this time to lay the foundation for appropriate college admissions in the future.
Colleges place great emphasis on a student's four-year curriculum, and through the freshman four-year plan the class dean andstudent devise a challenging program of study. As a student progresses through evaluation periods, this plan, however, can be adjusted.
Numerous visits by college recruiters, the Fulbright College Fair, College Board tests, parent/student information evenings and many individually scheduled counselor conferences ensure that, in their final year, Grade 12 students are kept very busy during the college counseling process. Although counselors are normally the primary source of information on appropriate colleges, numerous other resources, including college review books, individual college catalogues, college videos and college search computer software, are readily available at the School.
Students matriculating to non-American universities, students applying to music or art colleges and students with learning difficulties all receive the same intensive counseling available to students following the traditional path to American colleges and universities. Over the years, ASL students have been accepted at the finest universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Japan.
The ASL academic advising office utilizes Naviance's Family Connection during the college search and application process. Students and their parents are "activated" in the system during their junior year. Active users can access the site here.