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College Counseling

IMG_1102The academic and extracurricular program at Vermont Commons School prepares students for the rigors of college level study. Each year since we opened 20 years ago, 100% of our graduates have been offered admission to and have matriculated at a variety of institutions across the country. Our mission at Vermont Commons School is to focus on the process of finding institutions that are ideal matches for each of our seniors based on their academic performance and scholastic capabilities, their extracurricular involvement, and their personal strengths. Our students are well-rounded individuals, and each has pursued a challenging academic program which has been enhanced with an exposure to a wide range of artistic and cultural venues, environmental issues, and leadership opportunities. Take a look at the colleges that have offered admissions to Vermont Commons graduates by clicking here!

Through careful guidance and support, the Director of College Counseling and the senior create a personalized college list. We include a variety of factors when creating the list: curriculum, location, size, arts, athletics, character, and admissions standards. The ultimate goal is finding an institution where the student will find happiness on every level upon graduation from Vermont Commons School: personally, socially, and academically.

Beginning in early February of the junior year, the Director meets with each junior and his or her parents or guardians, and begins discussing academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as focusing on interests, hopes, and plans for life after Vermont Commons. During junior and senior years, students and parents are encouraged to meet with the many college representatives who visit the school to share information and learn about collegiate study and admission. Students attend a regional college fair held in Burlington each fall with over 200 colleges in attendance as well.

Vermont Commons School utilizes an online college counseling tool called Naviance to assist students with the processing of their transcripts and college search. Each student has their own personalized Naviance account that they use extensively to research colleges, request transcripts and letters of recommendations, and look up scholarship opportunities.

The school is fully committed to assisting each and every student in finding the best college match possible. Students are encouraged to make regular use of their Naviance accounts for updates, statistics, and features that are geared specifically to their own personal needs and interests.

Our students excel in standardized testing, greatly improving their acceptance percentage when applying to college. Recently, our students in the Class of 2015, as recorded by the College Board who administers the SAT, ranked higher than the Vermont state average for the Class of 2014 on every section of the SATs:

Critical Reading: 684 (VT Average: 516)
Mathematics: 713 (VT Average: 519)
Writing: 653 (VT Average: 505)
TOTAL: 2050 (VT Average: 1540)

View our 2016 College Counseling Handbook

Helpful websites for the college search process:

http://www.collegeboard.com/
http://www.princetonreview.com/
http://www.act.org/
http://www.commonapp.org/
http://www.fairtest.org/
http://www.ctcl.com/
http://www.petersons.com/

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.