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College Counseling

Harvey's college counseling staff takes an individualized approach to the college-search process, so the interests, needs, talents, and goals of each individual student drive the process. The many different schools our students attend each year are as varied and interesting as the passions and pursuits of the members of our graduating class. Nearly all of our students attend their top-choice school because the process at Harvey is focused on finding the best school for each individual student.

What to Expect

Freshman Year

We believe that freshman year is too early to begin to think about college. It is a time for students to get acclimated to high school and all the new responsibilities that come with it. We do encourage our students to start thinking about their interests and passions and design their course schedules to give them the time and space to explore the subjects and extracurriculars that get them excited.

Sophomore Year

  • All sophomores take the PSAT in October. 
  • Students are encouraged to continue to explore their boundaries academically through the selection of their core and elective classes.

Junior Year

  • In October, 
    • students and parents meet with the college counseling staff to get an overview of the junior and senior year processes
    • students take the PSAT. 
    • students and families are set up with their Naviance accounts.
  • College counselors are assigned in early December.
  • Individual meetings between juniors and their counselors begin in January.
  • An additional College Information Night for juniors and parents is held in February followed by official student/parent meetings during February and March to discuss college admission requirements and a student's achievement.
  • Students visit colleges during spring break and summer months. Be sure to sit in on information sessions, take a campus tour, and schedule an interview when possible.
  • Juniors take a first round of standardized testing (SAT I, SAT II and/or ACT) during the spring test dates, and start creating accounts for Common Application and Coalition. The College Counseling staff is available throughout the summer, and students and families can schedule meetings to meet to go over the application and essay writing process.

Senior Year

  • Seniors kick off the year in August with mini-retreat work sessions on Wednesdays beginning in the middle of the month.
  • College Information Night is held in early September for seniors and their parents.
  • Seniors meet with representatives of colleges visiting campus in the fall.
  • Regular meetings occur between senior and college counselor to shape the college list, work on essays and applications.
  • Standardized testing for ends in the fall. The final test date that most seniors register for is November.
  • Applications are completed and mailed before winter break.

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The journey is just as important as the destination.

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