Our primary goal is to support every eighth grader to ensure that she finds a high school which is an excellent match for her - a school where she will be happy, engaged, and inspired to thrive.
Dear Hamlin Parents,
Welcome to Hamlin's high school counseling page! As a graduate of an independent boarding school, a former admission officer in two independent schools, and Hamlin's High School Counselor for the last four years, I am aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for you and your daughters.
The high school admissions process is a very personal one for each girl, and we hope to come to know each student well as we prepare to serve as her sounding board and advocate throughout the year. We will guide students and families by providing insights and perspectives about boarding and day schools and by giving personalized, one-on-one attention to each student and her family throughout the entire process. We aim to emphasize the excitement of exploring high schools, the importance of self-reflection and knowing one's self, and the joy of the final year together at Hamlin.
The Class of 2016 is a vibrant group of young women; they are sure to achieve great things both as individuals and as a class and we wish them well!
Sincerely, Teebie Bunn Saunders High School Counselor
The counseling process begins in the spring semester of the seventh grade when students begin to meet in small groups and parents attend individual meetings to begin identifying schools that would be an ideal 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 of what are the best types of high schools 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.”