College Counseling

Finding the best fit for each individual

We recognize that reflection and self-examination help our students identify their academic aspirations, career interests, and preferences for learning environments.

That’s why the CDS College Counseling Program works closely with students, parents, faculty, and staff to provide a comprehensive approach to the college exploration and application process. While most individualized counseling occurs in the junior and senior years, we provide a number of forums for freshmen, sophomores, and their parents to learn about the college admissions process.

Through individualized meetings with students and parents, we are able to guide students through the process of identifying colleges that fit each student’s academic, career, and personal goals. To assist with the communication and facilitate the application process, we use SCOIR, an online college exploration and application management tool. Students and parents are introduced to SCOIR in their freshman year at Carolina Day and are able to use it to research colleges, explore the estimated cost of attendance at each college, and keep track of their high school accomplishments.


We assist students throughout the college application process by facilitating the following:
  • A standardized testing strategy

  • College trips and representative visits

  • College applications

  • Interview preparation

  • Essay topic brainstorming and review

  • Financial aid and scholarship applications

When the time comes to choose a college, we assist families with the following:
  • Assessing the best fit college (academically, socially, and financially)

  • Reviewing financial aid packages (loans, grants, and scholarships)

  • Discussing individualized challenges students may face as they transition to college


For specific questions about our college counseling program, please contact:

Jessica Browning
Director of College Counseling 

Phyllis Armstrong

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