Academics

College Counseling

At Besant Hill School, the College Counseling Office works closely with all students and their families from the moment they arrive on campus.

As a College Preparatory school, BHS provides students with guidance about the journey toward higher education including aspects such as course selection and strength, co-curricular activities, community service, leadership, test preparation, college search, college application and financial aid. Students and parents are informed of their many college options and are supported as they develop the tools necessary to research, apply and effectively transition to college. As more and more colleges move toward test optional policies and a holistic admissions review process, we encourage well roundedness and personal development in our students, in addition to academic excellence and successful standardized testing.

Research, Preparation and Planning

BHS does not view college admission as "a prize to be won." It is the result of thoughtful research, preparation and planning. Hence, the college counseling process is an individualized one, the goal of which is the best possible match between each of our unique students and the college or university that best meets that student's needs. Our students matriculate to a wide range of institutions, from public universities to small art colleges. Approximately 90% of seniors choose to enroll at four-year institutions, while the remaining 10% may opt to defer admission while taking a gap year, or to enroll in a two-year school with the plan to transfer to a four-year institution.

A College Going Culture

Beginning in their freshman year, BHS students are immersed in a college going culture. They are offered counsel on curricular and co-curricular choices that will strengthen their overall portfolio and keep the maximum number of options available to them. They are encouraged to develop and explore their passions and interests, while keeping in mind their responsibility toward their overall health, success and personal fulfillment. In their first semester, freshmen are introduced to Family Connection from Naviance, a Web-based service designed especially for students and families. Family Connection is a comprehensive website used to help in making decisions about courses, colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with College Planner, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that's specific to our school.

Testing

In sophomore year, students begin standardized testing practice with PSAT/NMSQT testing in mid October. By second semester, sophomores are given several surveys through Family Connection from Naviance, which help them to recognize emerging patterns, interests and skills. They are offered counsel about productive and enriching ways to spend their vacations, and are encouraged to begin exploring their many college choices.

Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT once more in October and are eligible to be entered in scholarship searches. Formal advising begins second semester of junior year, as students begin their college searches in earnest. In a semester long College Counseling Seminar, as well as one-on-one meetings with the counselor, students and families are guided as they investigate and identify potential higher education options. Typically, juniors will take the SAT or ACT, or sometimes both, beginning in May of junior year.

Meeting Regularly with the Counselor

By senior year, students are meeting regularly with the counselor. They receive direct assistance with all steps of the college admission process from the timely completion and submission of applications and forms, to interviews, to ensuring the fulfillment of required testing. It is a time of great self-discovery and anticipation. It is our hope that students and families find that the individualized support BHS provides helps to alleviate much of the stress that seniors can experience.

Individual meetings with the Director of College Counseling are available upon request at any time, regardless of the student's grade level. Additionally, several opportunities are available to all students and families such as BHS College Counseling Seminars, Naviance Tutorials, Family Weekend Workshops and Financial Aid Seminars.

For more information about College Counseling, please contact:

Brook Masters

Director of College Counseling
(805) 646-4343 Ext.121

BESANT HILL SCHOOL COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES 2009-2013

  • Academy of Art University
  • American University
  • Antioch College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Belmont University
  • Bennington College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Boston University (College of Fine Arts)
  • Bowling Green State University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Brooks Institute of Photography
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of California at Irvine
  • University of California at Irvine (Engineering)
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California at Merced
  • University of California at Riverside
  • University of California at Riverside
  • University of California at San Diego
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • California College of the Arts (Oakland)
  • California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Carnegie Mellon University (College of Fine Arts)
  • Carroll University (Wisconsin)
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Champlain College
  • Chapman University
  • College of Charleston
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University - Irvine
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Eckerd College
  • Emerson College
  • Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
  • Fordham University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Franklin College Switzerland
  • Goucher College
  • Green Mountain College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hampshire College
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Hendrix College
  • Humboldt State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Ithaca College
  • Ithaca College (School of Communications)
  • Jacobs University
  • James Madison University
  • John Cabot University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Johnson State College
  • University of Kansas
  • Kendall College
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of La Verne
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Linfield College
  • Marlboro College
  • Marymount College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Miami University, Oxford (Engineering & Applied Science)
  • University of Miami
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan State University (College of Engineering)
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Michigan
  • Mills College
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • Montana State University, Bozeman (College of Arts & Architecture)
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northeastern University (College of Business Administration)
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Oregon
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • University of the Pacific
  • Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (Smeal College of Business)
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Pitzer College
  • Portland State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Prescott College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Puget Sound (Business Leadership Program)
  • Purchase College State University of New York
  • Purdue University
  • University of Redlands
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Richmond The American International College in London
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Diego State University
  • University of San Diego
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Smith College
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • University of Southern California
  • St. John's University - Queens Campus
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk University
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • The University of the Arts
  • Ventura College
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Washington
  • Whittier College
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Events

09Sep

College Counseling Seminar for Seniors

11:30 AM - 12:00 PMZalk Theater
10Sep

Evergreen State College campus visit

11:00 AM - 11:30 AMCollege Counseling Office
12Sep

Registration Deadline for October SAT

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New York University campus visit

12:15 PM - 12:45 PMLunch Roundtable in the Commons
13Sep

ACT Test

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
16Sep

College Counseling Seminar for Seniors

11:30 AM - 12:00 PMZalk Theater
19Sep

ACT Registration Deadline for October Test

8:00 AM
22Sep

University of Chicago campus visit

1:00 PM - 1:30 PMCollege Counseling Office
23Sep

College Counseling Seminar for Seniors

11:30 AM - 12:00 PMZalk Theater

Sarah Lawrence College campus visit

11:30 AM - 12:00 PMZalk Theater for College Seminar

News

  • Aun Aprendo Newsletter, Summer 2014

    Enjoy articles, pictures, links to videos and more in this latest edition of Aun Aprendo. You will notice a new "magazine-style" format that we know you will love! Enjoy!

  • College Update

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  • Capstone Presentations

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  • Local Capstone Projects

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  • Greece Trip Update

    We are in Athens now and have been for the last two days. It's an amazing city and the kids are loving it. We have a great hotel in a great location. Yesterday we toured the Acropolis Museum and then we went to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

  • Our Spring Newsletter is here!

    Download and enjoy the latest edition of Aun Aprendo.

  • College Update

    At this time, we are proud to announce that 21 of our seniors have been accepted to 64 colleges and universities!