The process of getting to know each student begins in the seventh grade Public Speaking/Writer’s Workshop class taught by Burke’s High School Counselor. The student has regular touch points with the counselor leading up to her speech that focuses on exploring topics, creating an outline; and so on. By meeting regularly, the counselor is able to establish relationships with each seventh grader well in advance of the high-school planning they will work on in the following year.
The high school admissions process begins with an informational meeting in the spring of seventh grade and culminates in enrollment in high school in the spring of eighth grade. Families work in close partnership with the High School Counselor to determine the next step in their child’s educational journey. This includes individual meetings to go over timelines and application dates and how best to support their daughters through the application process.
The High School Counselor provides coaching and resources to support each student to support their ability to navigate admissions requirements including interviews, short answers, school visits, and essays.
Eighth grade students meet weekly in High School Preparation Class from September through January to learn about individual high schools, visit open houses and classes at local schools during High School Visit Days, attend high school fairs, travel to boarding school campuses, and connect with current high school students. Students also have the opportunity to meet with secondary school admissions officers who visit Burke’s campus for information sessions throughout the fall.