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For Families

We hire people who bring equal parts information, enthusiasm, and organization to the work of college advising. They develop and execute a framework which is evidence-based, thoughtful, full of heart, and proven in its outcomes. We see college advising as a partnership between college advisor, student, and family where the best interest of the kid is always paramount.


Seattle Academy College Advising forms the organizational, intellectual, and emotional home base for a student’s college search. College Advising:

  • assigns a college advisor to each student
  • customizes a plan for each student
  • gets to know each advisee
  • suggests colleges
  • outlines and debriefs college travel plans
  • practices college interviews
  • develops a plan for test prep and standardized testing
  • shares information about financial aid and scholarships
  • discusses summer opportunities and, if interested, gap year possibilities
  • arranges 150 yearly campus college representative visits
  • organizes additional opportunities such as evening events, college fairs, and a “mock admission” case study program
  • provides feedback on applications and related writing
  • establishes due dates for college tasks
  • coordinates teacher recommendation writing
  • writes each student’s official “counselor letter”
  • submits application supporting documents
  • communicates directly with admission offices
  • guides students in self-advocacy, critical to college success
  • discusses eventual admission decisions, financial aid details, and college choices
  • leads the industry by presenting and serving at regional and national levels
  • constantly refreshes its own information about colleges
  • celebrates each student’s outcome

College Advising communicates regularly with Seattle Academy families. The following are a selection of resources sent by grade level which may answer additional questions:

9th Grade College Communication (July 2020)
10th Grade College Communication (July 2020)
11th Grade College Communication (July 2020)
12th Grade College Communication (July 2020)
College Advising FAQ (July 2020)

If you have additional questions about the Seattle Academy College Advising timeline, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.