OUTREACH TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
The College Guidance Office at DRS is committed to working with our students and parents to guide them through the College Application Process (CAP). We believe that outreach to parents and students is one of the keys to a successful outcome. To that end, we get families involved early in the high school experience by reaching out to the parents in the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades with Parent Breakfast Workshops. These workshops are kept to small numbers which allows us to personalize them. We hold a major College Night for each grade level starting in tenth grade. The Senior College Night is a forum of major universities addressing questions and concerns unique to our student body, in addition to more general information. The Junior College Night has a keynote speaker from the City University who reviews the CAP and the timeline for applying to all universities. The Sophomore College Night addresses the SAT vs. ACT in an informational Power Point that reviews the salient points of the CAP appropriate for the Sophomores.
Starting in the Junior year, Mrs. Rosenberg, the Director of College Guidance has a formal individual meeting with each student and his family to discuss his goals and give guidance on the CAP. In the Senior Year, Mrs. Rosenberg meets with each Senior many times, helping them to complete their applications and encouraging them to meet deadlines. The Senior English teacher works with the College Guidance Office, correcting and helping the students write their college essays. The College Guidance Assistant supports all aspects of the College Guidance Office and helps each student individually. Dr. Kirshenbaum helps each student plan his schedule and partners with Mrs. Rosenberg for effective programming for all aspects of College Guidance.
OUTREACH TO COLLEGES AND DEANS OF ADMISSION
Dr. Kirshenbaum and Mrs. Rosenberg are expanding the DRS college network. We are building bridges with colleges and expanding our contacts with Deans of Admission. Last year, we visited four colleges in the Boston area and Yeshiva University. This year, so far, we visited Princeton University and Cooper Union, establishing a personal connection with each Admission office. Additionally, we host many colleges at DRS, affording Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to meet with and hear about different college representatives. These meetings usually occur during lunch or at 5:15 PM, affording the most accessibility to our upperclassmen without missing classes. This year, we had thirteen colleges visit DRS, including: Johns Hopkins, Yeshiva University, Columbia University, Landers College, Stony Brook University, University of Chicago, Queens College, Baruch College and New York University.
Mrs. Rosenberg attends meetings that are hosted by various colleges for High School College Guidance personnel. The relationship that DRS has with colleges is organic, expanding and building on that relationship each year.
The College Guidance Handbook and Summer Programs Booklet are updated and reviewed each year. We email monthly Newsletters to students and parent, offering information on the mundane as well as important updates. Scholarships, internships and deadlines are frequently included. Letting our families know what is happening in the college guidance world is a priority for us. There are constant student meetings and an interrelationship with the staff and administration, with the goal of having your son achieve his college expectations.