College Counseling

Throughout a student’s time at West Nottingham, they will be exposed to opportunities that will bring about self-awareness when deciding a future path. Through trips, college tours, discussions, games, role-playing, seminars, and workshops, students will learn skills for life and create strong college resumes that set them apart. West Nottingham students know what college is about, what they are looking for, and the tools they can use to find success. All students receive individualized college guidance and course advising, not losing sight on the students’ future goals.

Students also benefit from extended services based on their needs. For student-athletes, the College Counseling Office will work with NCAA for transcript and course approval purposes and the director of athletics assists students with the NCAA student portal. Chesapeake Learning Center (CLC) students benefit from a coordinated approach between the College Counseling Office and CLC, including exam accommodations, and essay and application support. English-as-a-Second-Language students are also supported by the director of international programs and may request additional guidance for test preparation, TOEFL registration, and essay writing and application. The College Counseling Office also helps all students research and apply to summer programs that support their future goals.

College counseling begins in 9th grade and has one main focus: excellent endeavors for a successful future. We aim to make the college process just that, and one that is best unfolded throughout high school, not treated as an afterthought and rushed in one's senior year.

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  • Freshman Year

    The process of college admissions begins the day a student enrolls at WNA in 9th grade. Students will be immersed in a culture of college readiness from the start, and are encouraged to be a part of the journey of exploration and discovery.  As freshmen, students will learn how not only earning good grades, but engaging with the community and creating relationships, create a solid foundation for their college resume.  Freshmen will also be introduced to Naviance and RAISEME, take a personality assessment, and participate in a college trip to local universities.
  • Sophomore Year

    During sophomore year, students will learn leadership skills and engage in assessments that match personality traits with majors and future careers.  Sophomores also learn about test-taking strategies for the PSAT and travel on another college trip.
  • Junior Year

    Junior year is focused on learning about the admission process and reviewing applications.  Additionally, juniors will prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Juniors participate in an extended college trip during Family Weekend in October and attend the NACAC College Fair, where over 1,000 colleges and universities are represented.

    During the second half of the year, the Junior College Seminar begins preparing students for the applicaiton process.  The seminar covers students' rights and responsbilities, West Nottingham policies and procedures, resume writing, essay preparation, college and major research, development of a college list, requesting recommendations, interview techniques, and an introduction to the Common Application and other application platforms.  All of these skills will help during senior year, when students will apply to the colleges and universities of their choice.
  • Senior Year

    Senior year is the culmination of all of the hard work students have done since they arrived on campus.  The Senior College Seminar will guide all seniors through the process of applying to their top schools before Thanksgiving break.  Seniors finalize their resume, essays, supplements, financial documents, and Naviance and common application content.  Seniors will also register for testing, complete the FAFSA, and search for scholarships.  All leading up to a robust and exciting list of acceptances!
Yvonne Dvorak
Director of College Counseling and Registrar
410-658-5556 ext. 9261