Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brad Battaglia
What is the right college for my child? How will we find it? How will our family navigate the college application process? These questions, along with those about paying for college, developing independence, and making the most of the high school years, are important elements of the college counseling program at Garden School. From families with a tradition of college attendance to those for whom the college process is new, college matriculation is a goal shared by every Garden School family. During your time at Garden School you will have ready access to the Director of College counseling by email and phone. You will also be notified of regular meetings that occur to support your understanding of the college process and ways in which to engage with colleges and universities. While these steps occur even before a student enters the 11th grade, the formal college admissions process begins with Junior Year.
Below is an explanation of each event you will experience as a student – and as a family – during the final two years of high school.
What You Can Expect from the College Counseling Office at Garden School
Each winter, typically in February, we host an evening on campus to kick-off the college admissions process in earnest. All junior students and parents are invited to hear from admissions professionals about what they look for in college applicants and their applications. This event is highlighted by a question and answer period that helps take the mystery out of what to expect when your application is reviewed by a college or university. Past admissions professionals have visited Garden from the likes of Fordham University, CUNY, Union College and Syracuse University.
Finding the right place for your child is based on more than just grades and standardized test scores. All students have their own strengths, weaknesses, talents, and dreams. The college search seeks to find the best match for our graduates—places where they can thrive and learn.
Garden School is proud of our alumni for having matriculated to colleges such as:
- Barnard College
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Drexel University
- Fordham University
- Princeton University
- University of California Berkeley
- Wesleyan University
Recent College Blog Posts
Ninth Grade Is Not For Practice By Lisa Sohmer Over the years, I have heard students and families say, “It’s only the ninth grade” more times than I can count. They say the transition to high school is a big change, that the teachers are different, that the work is more demanding and that extra-curricular
Garden College Counseling in the News
- Applications by the Dozen as Anxious Students Hedge College Bets (New York Times 11/14)
- O.C.’s Top Grads Provide Guide to College Acceptance (Orange County Register)
- The Dirty College Admissions Trick
- Value of College Admissions Test-Prep Classes Unclear
- Can Senioritis Jeopardize Your Child’s Future? (education.com)
- SAT Takers Grow More Diverse (diverseeducation.com)