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High School Counseling

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  • Our primary goal is to support every eighth grader and to help her find a high school that is an excellent match for her - a school where she will be happy, engaged, and inspired to thrive.

     


Dear Prospective Hamlin Parents,

Welcome to Hamlin's high school counseling page!

The high school counseling process is an important element of the eighth grade year and a culminating part of the Hamlin journey. At Hamlin, we want our girls to develop a keen self-awareness of their strengths and areas of growth, in all areas of their academic and personal development. Working with our students and their families as they consider their next academic home is an important journey filled with discovery and invaluable self-reflection.

As graduates of independent boarding schools and as a team that consists of a former admission officer in two independent schools and an experienced 7th and 8th grade English teacher, we are aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you and your daughters. The high school admission process is a very personal one for each girl, and we are committed to knowing each student well so that we can advocate for her throughout the year.

We will guide families by helping the girls with time management skills, providing valuable insights and perspectives about boarding and day schools, and giving personalized, one-on-one attention to girls and their families throughout the entire process. We aim to emphasize the excitement of exploring high schools, the importance of self-reflection, and the joy of the final year together at Hamlin.

Please take a moment to view Hamlin’s Secondary School statistics from 2013-2017.

Sincerely,
Teebie Bunn Saunders
Secondary School Admission Counselor

Stacy Metcalf
Associate Secondary School Admission Counselor

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  • An Overview of the Process >

    The counseling process begins in the spring semester of the seventh grade when students begin to meet in small groups to jumpstart the self-reflection piece of the high school process and parents attend individual meetings to speak about the brass tacks of the process and to begin identifying schools that may be a great match for their daughters. During the early months of eighth grade, students begin to learn about individual high schools as they explore websites, visit open houses and classes at local schools during High School Visit Days, attend high school fairs, travel to boarding school campuses, and reach out to current high school students. Students also have the opportunity to meet with secondary school admissions officers who visit Hamlin’s campus for information sessions throughout the fall. Girls also spend time working on personal essays and interview skills, which are an important part of most applications. The eighth grade team aims to support every student as she, among other things, refines her self-reflection skills, manages her time, brainstorms essay topics, and prepares for interviews.

    Girls in eighth grade continue to be deeply engaged in life and leadership at Hamlin during the admission season; their commitment to academic work and extracurricular activities at school and beyond provides much of the qualitative information provided in the school and teacher recommendations. Application due dates vary by school, but most applications are due in mid-January. When schools send out decision letters in mid-March, families evaluate their options and decide which high school will be the best fit for their daughter.

    Hamlin girls attend a range of outstanding high schools, from local independent day schools, to public high schools, to boarding schools on both the west and east coasts. Just as every Hamlin student is unique, so too is her high school search. We work closely with each student and her family to reach an understanding about which types of high schools will be best suited for each girl's personality, learning style, unique talents, current interests, and future aspirations. Then, we support each girl as she finds the high school that will be the right “fit” for her. As the Hamlin mission states, girls graduating from Hamlin each June must be ready "to meet the challenges of their time.”

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San Francisco. California 94115
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