Overlake is committed to helping students and their parents make informed decisions about college planning and college selection. Beginning in 9th grade with a focus on academic planning at Overlake and for college, Overlake’s College Counseling program is comprehensive, providing individual counseling with students and their parents as well as a wide variety of group programs to educate them about college entrance exams, college options, resources, and admission procedures. Our goal is to prepare students to make informed decisions regarding colleges that provide a good match to their own interests and needs, recognizing that there will be more than one “right” college for each student.
- Academic planning
- Overview of college planning & admission
- Self awareness
- Exploration of college and career options
- Identification of interests & priorities
- Discovering colleges that match interests
- Effective interviews, essays, and applications
- Making informed college choices
Individual Meetings are scheduled with Juniors and their parents to discuss academic interests, their priorities for college selection, any special needs or circumstances, and the steps necessary to complete the admission process in a timely manner. A preliminary list of “matched” colleges is either generated or reviewed, as well as the steps for developing a comprehensive and effective college application. Meetings continue, as needed, to refine the college list and develop comprehensive and effective college applications.
College Day/Night Programs are held for students and parents to provide an overview of the college planning process and insight into how college admission decisions are made. The following programs and workshops are planned to address a variety of specialized topics such as: college search, testing, and financial aid for college.
- College Essay Workshop for Seniors
- College Night
- Financial Aid Information Night
- Seattle Area Independent School College Fair
- College Admission “B’Hoot Camp” for 11th Grade
- Tips and Trends in College Admissions
- College Admission “B’Hoot Camp” College Tour for 10th and 11th Grades
- "Grads Return"
- "Northeast College Tour" Project Week for 10th and 11th Grades
- College Day for 9th and 10th Grades
- Senior Night “Transition to College”
Monthly Parent College Advising Meetings are designed to address college planning issues such as testing, campus visits, college selection, college interviews, and the college application process. DATES: every third Tuesday of most months at 8am and again at 6pm, Board Room in Campus Center.
College Tour for Project Week will be scheduled for the east coast this year. This popular program is open to students in 10th and 11th grades and provides an opportunity to explore a wide range of colleges.
Grade Level Meetings are held periodically with Upper School Students to discuss timely college planning issues. Topics include career/college/scholarship search, testing, college visits, college interviews, college essay, etc. DATES: see Community Time schedule on Overlake’s online School Calendar.
College Reps Visit Overlake each fall to inform students about their colleges and address student questions. These meetings provide a wonderful opportunity for students to meet with folks who are often members of the admission review committees at their colleges. A list of scheduled visitors is posted on Family Connection under the “Colleges” tab and “Upcoming College Visits.” If you are a college representative, contact Auzzie Sheard.
The Graduates Return Program provides Upper School students with an opportunity to hear from recent alumni about their experiences in college. It is one of a number of activities that is geared toward preparing for a smooth transition to college.
Career Awareness Meetings are scheduled in collaboration with Overlake's Life Skills class which is taught in 10th grade. These meetings provide students the opportunity to hear from guest speakers who address various careers in fields ranging from business, engineering and law to education, the arts and architecture.
Overlake’s College Link Network facilitates connection between Overlake students and alumni who are currently enrolled in college. Volunteer alum serve as resources for students interested in knowing more about their college experiences. The list of alumni who have volunteered to participate in our College Link program is available on Family Connection’s Welcome Page (please see below for information about Family Connection). If you are an alum, and would like to sign up, click here.
Seattle Area Independent School (SAIS) College Fair – this annual college fair, in which Overlake and other local independent schools participate, further facilitates college exploration by bringing top-notch colleges and independent school students together.
PSAT and Practice ACT tests are administered at school. Sophomores take the PSAT. Juniors take the PSAT and Practice ACT. Dates: October 10 (PSAT); November 10 (Practice ACT, Juniors only).
SAT and ACT exams are not administered at school but registration materials are available in the College Counseling Office. Students are encouraged to schedule at least one SAT and/or ACT during the spring of the junior year (preferably the May or June test dates). If the SAT II tests are required by colleges of interest, students are encouraged to take them in June of the 11th grade. These exams are offered at neighboring schools many times during the school year. Check these testing websites for details: sat.collegeboard.org for the SAT; www.actstudent.org for the ACT.
Extended Time testing – Students who want to pursue extended time testing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT should schedule a meeting with Overlake’s Learning Specialist regarding documentation deadlines, requirements and scheduling.
Naviance Student (formerly Family Connection) is a comprehensive web-based service designed to facilitate college planning, research of colleges/scholarships/careers and manage student profile information. All Upper School students and families at Overlake have access to Naviance Student for information related to college and career planning, college scholarships, summer enrichment opportunities, and programs sponsored by Overlake’s College Counseling department.
Log into Naviance Student
A personal registration code is required for new users. If you do not have a registration code, or have any questions, please contact Auzzie Sheard at 425-868-6191 x679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Resource Library is located in the College Counseling office which is in Overlake’s Library. It provides many college guides, catalogues, and test preparation materials that are available for loan to students and parents.
Overlake’s College Counselors help students recognize their college options and the pathway towards achieving their educational goals. Good communication among students, parents, counselors and teachers, coupled with orderly planning and management of the college search and application process will lead to the greatest success and smooth transition to college.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, please contact:
Naviance Student (formerly Family Connection)
All Upper School students and families at Overlake have access to Naviance Student for information related to college and career planning, college scholarships, summer enrichment opportunities, and programs sponsored by Overlake’s College Counseling department.
A personal registration code is required for new users. If you do not have a registration code, or have any questions, please contact Auzzie Sheard at 425-868-6191 x679 or email@example.com