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BWL College Counseling

Self-discovery, exploration, and an open mind drive the college application process. During their Upper School years, our students begin to identify the things that are important to their future as they tackle some basic, yet essential questions: What do I enjoy doing? In what kind of community am I happiest? Which environment will challenge me and provide me with the greatest foundation for achieving my goals?

By gaining a better understanding of themselves, our students are empowered to navigate their college search and, ultimately, determine which college communities align with their intellectual, social, and cultural values.

With more than 15 years of experience in highly selective admissions, our college counseling team provides individualized guidance that puts each student at the center of the process. Through family meetings, seasonal events, and weekly seminars, we give students the tools, structure, and support necessary to handle each step in a thoughtful and organized way. After careful consideration, we develop a customized application plan for each student—the how, when, and where they’re applying—that leads to best outcomes.

9th & 10th Grades

During these early years in the Upper School, we encourage students to take every opportunity to explore and examine their interests by mindfully engaging in their coursework and activities. This is also a foundational period for students to sharpen their core study skills and solidify good habits (including time management) that promote their academic and emotional well-being.

11th & 12th Grades

The college process takes shape during junior year. Through direct and frequent interactions, we increase our support and involvement with all aspects of the application cycle. By these latter years in the Upper School, we trust that our students have embraced the opportunity to learn more about themselves. This self-awareness becomes a key component to finding their best-fit colleges.


Patti Cohen

Director of College Counseling 



Elysia Pan

Associate Director of College Counseling


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