College Advisor cohort
Meet Your Cohort Leaders
Small group of 8-10 participants to ensure relational depth and connection with colleagues from across the country.
Live, open office hours on Zoom with cohort leaders in between monthly virtual meetings and as needs arise.
Access to a “toolbox” via a shared folder of carefully curated tools, resources, and articles.
Practical & Purposeful
Experience a full-year cycle of the college advising process with the cohort leaders and fellow participants as your resource and sounding board. Nuts and bolts will help the newer counselor, and collaboration with peers will value-add development and nuance for experienced counselors.
Conversational & Social
Ongoing virtual connection after cohort ends plus social gatherings at SCL regional and national gatherings. Networking with other counselors richly expands our own capabilities and knowledge.
This program is for anyone serving as a College Advisor from new to seasoned veterans. To support, equip, and encourage College Advisors/Counselors at classical, Christian schools through training, collaboration, and fellowship.
- Ten monthly virtual meetings, each 60-90 minutes in length to include a presentation on a critical topic and open discussion time to share challenges, ideas, and best practices.
- Running March to January with a one-month break in October during the fall application season.
- One to two hours of strategic homework between meetings, such as articles, videos, and application of meeting topics.
- The importance of college counseling, defining job duties
- Developing a philosophy or mission statement
- The lens of classical, Christian education
- The 8 factors in holistic admission and the importance of each
- The 3 legs of college fit
- College and university landscape and curriculum
- 4-year advising sequences/plans
- College list building wisdom
- School-side documents
- Essays and Interviews
- Workshop plans and ideas
- Advising students – successes and pitfalls
- Advising parents
- Student etiquette
- Student and parent input
- Teacher letters – training, elements, expectations
- Elements of and expectations for the counselor LOR
- School Profile: Must-have elements, communicating classical education
- Transcript topics: grading scales, honors, dual enrollment
- Other registrar issues
- PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, SAT, ACT, CLT – distinctives and differences
- Options for testing timelines; state testing requirements
- Rapidly changing national landscape
- Need-based aid – role of FAFSA and CSS Profile
- Gift aid – academic merit, talent, tuition discounts
- Cost factors over four years
- Local scholarships
- Campus visits
- High school visits
- College fairs
- Demonstrated interest
- Developing connections and relationships
Final session content will be determined based on needs of the cohort members.
College Advisor cohort
- Receive 25% monthly discount for the first year
- SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
- Monthly Payment Options Available