In the eighth grade, advisors begin mapping a student’s course progression toward graduation and help each student set and achieve academic goals. Specific college-related lessons begin in eighth grade and continue – through classes and advisory – through the twelfth grade.  In the fall, a senior-led College Fair provides students with a full overview of the college application process. In the spring, eighth grade students go on a college admission tour to get firsthand information, guidance, and exposure to the admission process.

We maximize the College Counseling experience in Upper School to ensure each student gains admission to the college or university of his or her choice. We do this by offering several College Information Sessions with representatives from top schools. This approach allows students an opportunity to build rapport with their preferred school, fully understand the application process, gain useful tips to enhance their competitive edge, and learn about the variety of academic options that are available to them.

We provide information and encouragement for students to start their own application on Coalition (a resume building and college application website), provide practice tests including the PSAT and the ACT Aspire, and offer an on-campus SAT prep class for tenth and eleventh graders. Our College Financial Aid Information Session is held annually for students and guardians. Our seniors are enrolled in a semester-long College Seminar class providing direct staff support and supervision for the completion of applications. College Seminar provides a collaborative space where we discuss essay writing tips, resume building ideas, scholarship information, the application process in depth, and life transition support (such as how to budget money in college, reduce anxiety, and improve study habits). 

Because CCS has a family environment, our seniors are able to receive strong letters of recommendation that highlight their
personal strengths in a meaningful way, and our Director of Upper School Counseling work as a liaison between the students and the school to which they are applying. Our competitive and creative curriculum is promoted to ensure the school of choice is aware of CCS’ Jobs Program, the personal websites created by students, and our Majors Program. These unique programs provide an incredible advantage for CCS students, as these are often program components that colleges and universities are marketing.

Additionally, parents receive educational emails related to the FAFSA, available scholarships, deadlines, and reminders as needed.
The College Seminar course culminates with a College Fair invitation for all Middle and Upper School students. At the College Fair, seniors share all that they have learned during their semester-long College Seminar course, and also provide information on a variety of colleges and universities for the underclassmen.

For college counseling questions, please contact our Director of Upper School Counseling and College Counseling, Christy Siegling, at csiegling@charlestoncollegiate.org or (843) 559-5506 x240. Ms. Siegling is also our Testing Coordinator and Director of Upper School attendance.

COLLEGE COUNSELING MISSION

The mission of the Charleston Collegiate College Counseling Office (CCO) is to help each student find the most appropriate post-secondary placement. The CCO aims to help students clarify their thinking about post-secondary options, make informed choices, present themselves and their credentials as accurately and professionally as possible, and address any challenges they might encounter.

CCS’s college counselors consider themselves to be advocates for students and partners with parents in the college admission process. The CCO abides by the Principles of Good Practice as defined by the National Association of College Admission Counseling. These include a strict adherence to ethical and respectful behavior by all parties involved in the college admission process.

  

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Charleston Collegiate consistently maintains a 100% college acceptance rate among seniors. In the 2016-2017 school year, students were accepted into the following colleges:

American University                                                                 Auburn University
Belmont University                                                                  Brevard College
Catawba College                                                                     Charleston Southern University
The Citadel                                                                             Claflin University
Clemson University                                                                  Coastal Carolina University
The College of Charleston                                                         Columbia College
Converse College                                                                     Creighton University
Drexel University                                                                     Florida State University
Fort Lewis College                                                                   Furman University
Georgia Institute of Technology                                                George Mason University
George Washington University                                                  Guilford College
Newberry College                                                                    NC Central University
Pace University                                                                       Pennsylvania State University
Pfeiffer University                                                                    Roanoke College
Savannah College of Art and Design                                          Shaw University    
SUNY - Stony Brook                                                                 University of Alabama
University of Houston                                                               University of Maine
University of Maryland                                                              University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire                                                     University of South Carolina
U. SC Beaufort                                                                         U. SC Upstate
University of Tennessee                                                     Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University                            Wagner College                
Wingate University                                                                   Winthrop University              
Winston Salem State University                                                   Washington College
2024 Academy Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455

Phone: 843-559-5506
Fax: 803-675-0786

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