The College and Israel Guidance Department at SKA is committed to helping all of our students in their application process to colleges and Israeli Yeshivot. We work with the students and their parents to understand the aspirations, interests and concerns of each individual young woman. Individuals who work closely with the students to help them in this process areMrs. Susan Sachs (College Guidance Counselor), Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, Director of Religious Guidance (Israel Guidance),Mrs. Deena Kobre, Assistant Principal, Mrs. Avital Braun, and Mrs. Paghit Ralbag, Senior Grade Level Advisors (Israel Guidance).
We meet with the students individually on three separate occasions. The first meeting is in February of the junior year. At that time, we discuss preparation for standardized tests (SAT I, SAT II, ACT), involvement in co-curricular activities and other general concerns of the student. A second meeting takes place in the spring of the junior year with each individual student and her parents. Specific schools are discussed as possible choices for the student. A third meeting, during the beginning of the senior year, focuses on the actual applications and essays to be written. Then, throughout the beginning of the senior year, there are in-depth meetings to understand the choices the student is making when applying to Israeli schools. In addition, informal meetings are encouraged throughout the junior and senior years to discuss course selection, A.P. tests, essay writing, etc.
A Transition Night for freshman parents in the late spring, daytime College Chats arranged during the Sophomore year, an Elective Night for sophomore parents in February, a College Panel with college representatives held every other fall for juniors and seniors, a College Information Evening scheduled in February for the juniors and Israel Night held in the fall of the senior year are some of the events which enable parents and students to further understand how to ready themselves for post high school options. There is a Financial Aid Evening scheduled in December for junior and senior parents, as well as The Year in Israel Workshop scheduled in May for senior parents. A letter of recommendation is also written by the school for each individual student in the senior class.
With our NAVIANCE online system, the actual process is streamlined and is always accurate allowing students and parents to easily view the status of their application.
Our goal is threefold: 1) to help the students make the right choices, 2) to act as facilitator, and 3) to insure that the process is a pleasant and meaningful experience. Ultimately, we want every student to find the right “match” so that she can continue to learn and grow academically and religiously in her post high school years.