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.
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
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.