College Counseling Program

The College Counseling program at The Marin School is a complete college guidance resource for students and their families.

The College Counselor works with students and their families through each stage of the process, providing personal guidance. Each student is encouraged to identify and pursue a path that is consistent with his or her interests and aptitudes. The paths vary and students are informed and supported in all choices.

College counseling begins informally in the student’s first year at TMS; teachers begin the process of preparing students for the realities of high school and the connection between their success in the early years and their opportunities upon graduation. The formal counseling program begins in the sophomore year and ramps up markedly each year thereafter.

The Marin School utilizes Naviance’s Family Connection for organizing the college planning process.  Students and parents are given access to the system and encouraged to use it for career planning, college searches, comparison and other resources.

Typical college counseling services & events include the following:

  • The EXPLORE test is given to freshmen
  • The PLAN test (Preliminary ACT) is given to Sophomores
  • “Mythbusters: College Edition” – an evening presentation for sophomores and their parents – is presented in the Spring
  • A weekly email containing information, deadlines and links is sent by the College Counselor to juniors, seniors and their parents
  • 20-30 college Admissions Officers vitist TMS each year
  • The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is required of juniors and given at school
  • “College Night for Juniors” and parents provides a full agenda of information about various college options, testing and the application process
  • “College Admission Testing” is an evening presentation for juniors and parents
  • The College Counselor works individually and in small groups with juniors in the spring to help them determine what colleges would be a good match
  • Individual conferences with juniors and their parents are offered in the spring
  • Coordination is provided for applications for extended time and other accommodations on college admission tests
  • Individual meetings with seniors and parents are offered in the Fall
  • Application Kick Off for seniors occurs in September during Fall Trips
  • The College Counselor coordinates required teacher and counselor recommendations
  • Assistance with essays is provided as needed
  • Financial aid information is distributed to families

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