College Counseling

Planning for College

  • Strong consistent academic performance over time, as measured in the Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT, TOEFL, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
  • Extracurricular and community involvement: Outside interests
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Organized application with an interesting personal essay, submitted on time!

In the pre-high school years, specifically grades 7 & 8:

  • Focus on being a capable learner
  • Develop a good work ethic and study habits
  • Build positive relationships
  • Seek to build understanding of each subject
  • Explore academic and extracurricular interests
  • Develop study strategies that best support your own learning style
  • Recognize and embrace the differences in expectations between middle and high school
  • Utilize your number one resources early and often: Your teachers!
  • READ, READ, READ! Add nonfiction to your reading list-newspapers, magazines, online resources
  • Grades in 9th grade count!
  • Establish early on that school is their “job”.
  • Encourage a wide range of reading.
  • Trust and support your student’s teachers.
  • Ask about things that make them go Hmmm.
  • Try to find the balance between challenge and support.

Storm King graduates are consistently accepted to colleges and universities across the United States and the world.  The academic program at SKS prepares our students for the challenges of the college classroom and beyond with a rigorous curriculum that includes numerous honors, advanced, and AP courses across all disciplines.  To that end, the Office of College Counseling provides each student and their loved ones tailored and individual guidance with the goal of identifying colleges and universities that considers not only their diverse academic, extracurricular, and pre-professional interests and goals, but also their unique familial, financial, and personal situations.  The vast array of college acceptances reflects our students’ hard work and accomplishments and the personal journey each one takes to finding the right college for them.