Loomis Chaffee's new faculty members have recently arrived on the Island in anticipation of the start of the 2017–2018 school year. The group began orientation programs and new faculty training on Monday, August 21.
It has long been said that much of college guidance is about relationships — between student and counselor, between school and college, between counselor and parent. While we pride ourselves on these relationships and continue to view them as elemental to our roles, we also know that a vibrant and dynamic college counseling program encompasses much more. Our Four-Year Curriculum is reflective of this reality.
The aim of this curriculum is to equip students with the knowledge, self-awareness, and decision-making skills to make appropriate, informed choices about their educational futures. Because of these programs, the transformational education that Loomis provides, the talent of our student body, and our individualized attention, Loomis students thrive in the college selection process and beyond.
One of the most obvious goals of the college guidance process is to help students identify, apply to, and secure admission to colleges and universities that will meet their needs, nurture their talents and interests, and appropriately challenge them. Equally important is the development of decision-making skills, which allow students to own and engage in this process successfully. Not only does good decision-making increase the likelihood that students identify colleges that will prove to be a good match for them, but it also engenders a move toward self-awareness and self-sufficiency, attributes that are vital for young people entering adulthood.
The College Guidance Office expects, and therefore helps to empower, students to make reasoned and informed decisions, to be forthright, to advocate effectively for themselves, to follow a schedule and meet deadlines, and to employ strong organizational skills throughout the process. The office provides timely information, counseling, and support to help each student develop the necessary skills to complete each phase of the college process successfully.
- Early college awareness and readiness discussions with freshmen as part of the Freshman Seminar in the Common Good;
- Programmatic offerings for sophomores and their parents, including information on standardized testing, summer opportunities, and curriculum options for junior year;
- Individualized meetings between juniors and their assigned college counselors commencing in the winter term;
- An on-campus college fair in the fall term for Loomis juniors and seniors with more than 100 colleges in attendance as well as a college fair in the spring term for juniors hosted on a rotating basis by one of eight Hartford-area independent schools;
- Outside speakers from college admission in both class meetings for sophomores and juniors as well as during Parents Weekend;
- A coordinated college essay writing program, conducted by the College Office and the English Department, in the spring of the junior year;
- Continued one-on-one counseling during the senior year to review college applications and to ensure informed, strategic decision-making.
On Saturday, May 13, the final Pelican Day for the 2016–17 school year, freshmen and sophomores took part in a "service stroll" around the Loop Road while seniors participated in information sessions about college transition, and juniors caught up on other work.
Loomis Chaffee's College Guidance Office welcomed admissions representatives from more than 140 colleges and universities to campus on Apr. 18, to meet with Loomis' junior class.