College CounSeling


College Counseling Philosophy at The Park School

Park is a college preparatory school. Our graduates matriculate at a variety of colleges ranking from selective to most selective. The counselor works with the student and the family to find a cluster of colleges that constitute a good fit for the student. Through research, the student narrows down the possibilities to a number of colleges that are considered the best fit. While most students have a dream school, there is always a cluster of colleges that could fit the bill.

Park School students are well-prepared for the rigors of the college experience. Besides challenging college-prep classes, Park students have the habits of mind and essential skills necessary for college readiness.

college counselor Karen Miller with students

student advisor working with students

Habits of Mind include:

  • Critical thinking, analytical thinking, & problem solving
  • Willingness to accept critical feedback & adjust performance to it
  • Inquisitive nature & an interest in taking advantage of opportunities
  • Openness to possible failure from time to time
  • Ability & desire to cope with frustrating or ambiguous learning tasks
  • Compassion and concern for others

Essential Skills include:

  • To express oneself in writing and orally in a clear and convincing fashion
  • To discern the relative importance and credibility of various sources of information
  • To draw inferences and reach conclusions independently
  • To use technology as a tool rather than a crutch

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Book cover: The Global Achievement Gap

From my reading of The Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner, I realized that his Seven Survival Skills relate to the work we do at Park:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurship
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination

We take pride in our graduates who go on to post-secondary education well-prepared for the rigor of the coursework and able to navigate the ambiguous pathways of a new educational environment.