Welcome to College Advising
With our advice but through the merit of the individual student, it is not uncommon to find The Montgomery Academy graduates in the classrooms of some of the nation’s premier universities and colleges. Over the last five years, 75% of our seniors have been awarded over $25 million in merit-based scholarships.
Because the college process is an educational journey that culminates with a student’s years at The Montgomery Academy, we believe that it is a journey for the student to undertake and lead. The Montgomery Academy’s College Advising Office is an ally and advocate to offer the appropriate help in getting our students into the schools of their choice. We promote the idea that students get themselves into college, allowing us to work with them to find the right fit, not just the fastest find.
At The Montgomery Academy, we believe that with the plethora of colleges and universities from which to choose, students begin with a national search that narrows as they engage in college visits, conduct a self-exploration, and meet with representatives from colleges both on and off our own campus.
Knowing that the decision about where to go to college emerges as the most important and exciting aspect for any high school student, the College Advising Office of The Montgomery Academy serves as both a resource and a service to help families find “the one.”
Stuart Bonner started working at MA in 2014 and joined the college advising office in 2015. In addition to college advising, he teaches tenth grade British Literature and is the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Mr. Bonner worked previously at Virginia Episcopal School from 2010 - 2014, where he taught 9th, 11th and 12th grade English courses, served as Advisor to the senior Counselor Body, and was the Head Coach of the JV Boys Soccer team and Associate Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Soccer team. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).
Jay Rye has been a teacher, debate coach, and college advisor at Montgomery Academy since 1991. He is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). Jay is currently the State & Area Initiatives Chairman for Alabama and he has served on the advisory board for admissions at Auburn University. He is also currently serving on the advisory board for admissions at the University of Alabama.