“Our mission is to guide students and help them discover and fulfill their greatest potential, consistent with their goals and objectives.”
— Jami Silver, Director of College Advising
At Kingswood Oxford, college advising is another step in a student’s journey of self-discovery. Upper School students benefit from a four-year college curriculum. The College Advising Office works hand in hand with our advising system, particularly as 9th and 10th graders, focusing on the essential questions of; "Who am I and what do I love to learn and do?" Beginning in the second semester of 10th grade, our formal programming surrounding college process and standardize testing begins and continues throughout their time at KO. As a day school, parents have steady access each year to college planning information and programming so that families can make the best decision for their child and their family.
As part of the formal college process, students benefit from the following:
Participating in college advising classes, covering a range of topics related to the college search and application process
Meeting regularly with a college advisor, both individually and with parents
Identifying a range of potential colleges and universities
Starting to work on their application materials, including the college essay
Taking the PSAT and the Pre-ACT and developing their standardized testing plan
Meeting with over 120 college admission reps that visit KO every year
Hearing from experts, including admission professionals and other guest speakers
Have opportunities to reflect on their strengths, interests and goals
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A Personalized, Student Centered Experience
Because our college advisors work with a small number of students, they know them as individuals — their character, interests, and aspirations. Advisors work closely with advisees to select a range of colleges and universities that match their needs and goals.
Build Long-Term Success
College advising at Kingswood Oxford reflects the school’s holistic approach to student success: student participation in the college search and application process reinforces the habits and skills needed for long-term success. In short, our advisors focus as much on preparing students to succeed in college as they do on getting into college.
"KO's college advisors introduced me to new ideas and helped me discover what I wanted to do. They were always there to provide options and opportunities. The strong relationships I formed with my teachers and advisors prepared me - once I was in college - to recognize when I needed help and how to get it."
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.