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.
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.”
Jay Rye & Kevin Weatherill
The College Advising Office is open and accessible to all students and parents. The office library offers extensive resources to assist students in the college research process, including college catalogs and videos, guidebooks and directories, and computer and web resources. Admissions officers from numerous colleges and universities across the country visit the Academy each year to meet with interested prospective students. Meeting with these representatives is a good way to learn more about colleges and to allow the visiting admissions officers to begin to know interested students. The College Advisor is available for consultation throughout the year and encourages students to begin the exploration process early.
While we encourage students to take advantage of the resources of the College Advising Office throughout their time at the Academy, the formal college planning process takes places in the following stages:
• Sophomore Year: The College Advisor meets with English classes during the fall semester to talk about the PSAT and PLAN tests and test strategies. In the spring, small groups of sophomores meet with the College Advisor to discuss the process of researching and visiting colleges and to introduce them to college research resources.
• Junior Year: In the first semester, juniors again meet with the College Advisor to continue discussion about testing as well as the college selection and admission process. In the second semester, each junior has a college-planning meeting with his or her parents and the College Advisor to discuss colleges of interest.
• Senior Year: during the first three weeks of school, seniors meet again with the College Advisor to finalize a college application list. The College Office will assist and advise students throughout the application and decision process.