College Counseling at Gilmour Academy is a partnership that brings parents and our team together to educate, support and encourage students during their college search, application and decision-making process. With this student-centered approach comes from the belief that the student is ultimately responsible for the key decisions and actions necessary to drive this process forward.
Our formal work begins with students during the second half of the junior year. Students, with the help of their college counselor, identify and investigate an array of colleges that best fit their unique talents and interests. To learn more about colleges and the search process, students and families are encouraged to take advantage of our formal programs scheduled throughout the year along with our online resources. Students should sign up and meet with college admissions representatives who visit Gilmour Academy in the fall and take advantage of the local spring Cleveland Independent College Fair, featuring more than 100 of the most selective colleges across the country.
Once application season arrives in the fall of senior year, students possess the knowledge needed to prepare college applications and position themselves in the most attractive way to the schools of their choice. While colleges ultimately decide an applicant’s outcome, our office relays the individual strengths and talents of our students and helps interpret each student’s high school experience through carefully crafted letters of recommendation that accompany each student’s application. During the college decision process, we help guide students toward their final selection and ask them to base that decision on a variety of factors such as a college’s academic offerings, cost, location and overall fit.
More details on College Counseling and resources for students and their parents are available in the Community Portal under the "College Counseling" button.