Academics

College Counseling

Suzanne L., Parent, ‘17

CH-CH’s college counselor lays out a clear college-admissions plan for the students, it takes a lot of pressure off of the parents.

Building the habits of a successful college student from day one.

We are proud to have 100% of our students accepted to college, with over 80% of students accepted to one of their top choice schools. At CH-CH, you’ll be learning and building the habits of a successful college student from day one.

What does college prep look like at CH-CH?
  • A broad offering of AP courses
  • College Application boot camp the summer before senior year
  • Dozens of Admissions representatives from colleges and universities nation-wide visiting our campus to meet with students.
  • College process integrated into the curriculum: The college essay is a collaborative effort with the College Counseling and English Departments.

11th and 12th Grade College Counseling Timeline

Get to Know Brooke Fincke, CH-CH’s College Counselor

What inspires you as a College Counselor?
I like to empower the student in the process and help them to identify the criteria that are important to them, going beyond the basics of size and location, and thinking about what culture and living environment they want to be in. What type of learning environment will give the best balance of both happiness and challenge? Coming at this process from different perspectives can help students learn about themselves and develop self-efficacy along the way.

The goal of our College Counseling Program is to help students discover the right college post-secondary fit, where the student will find that "happiness/challenge" balance, learning effectively, engaging in and contributing to their next community, and embracing their full potential. In this process, students are armed with the requisite knowledge to make good decisions and submit applications that are both professional in quality and true reflections of their unique personality, character, and ability.

The centerpiece of this is individual counseling. In formulating a college list, I work with each student to discover their intellectual and extracurricular interests as well as additional criteria including optimal school community, size, and location. I collaborate with students and families at each step of the process, such as developing resumes, writing essays, preparing for interviews, and completing applications.

What trends are you seeing in the college process?
Brooke: There has been a growing trend in students taking gap years, where students spend a year between high school and college to actively engage in non-classroom based learning and experiences. Colleges are not only really supportive of this for prospective students, but have even begun designing their own gap year experiences.

When you’re not helping students with college admissions, what do you do for fun?
Brooke: I like to be outside as much as possible, hiking with my kids, my dog, and husband, and seeing live music as often as I can (calling all babysitters!) I’ve seen as many concerts as I’ve seen college campuses!
 
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.