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The College Counseling Office at St. Stephen’s is staffed by three full-time college counselors and an office manager. The counselors offer more than 65 years’ combined experience in the field of admission and college counseling.

They work as a team to support and engage students, stay abreast of current trends, and cultivate professional relationships. The counseling team hosts more than 120 college representatives each fall to visit with juniors and seniors, and the counselors also attend professional conferences and visit college campuses each year. At St. Stephen’s, the process of college planning is student-centered: the core of the college counseling program is the conference between student and counselor. Individual college conferences are available to all upper school students, with a required sequence of conferences in the junior and senior years that are crucial to the planning process. The counselors encourage communication from families and prepare student and school information for transmission to the colleges.

In the belief that each student has the right and the responsibility to make a personal choice of college, the school entrusts to the student the responsibilities of investigating colleges, applying to selected institutions, and meeting deadlines. The school, however, encourages students and provides active guidance through the process, within the above-mentioned series of individual, group, and parent meetings.

Our CEEB School Code is 440315

St. Stephen's students tend to be adventuresome and individualistic. This independent thinking makes the college counseling process at St. Stephen's an exciting journey for all involved.

In the belief that each student has the right and the responsibility to make a personal choice of college, St. Stephen's entrusts the student with the related responsibilities of investigating colleges, applying to selected institutions, and submitting their own applications. The functions of the school are to encourage, aid, and advise students throughout the process.
St. Stephen's maintains an active approach to college counseling by keeping students informed about schedules and deadlines. Our entire counseling philosophy emphasizes the role of the individual student. Students are entitled to an unlimited number of one-on-one conferences with college counselors, and such meetings are required in junior and senior years. This focus on the individual is also fostered by the fact that students do not change college counselors as they change grades - a student's college counselor follows him or her throughout the student's career.
This is my third year at St. Stephen's and I will be graduating and going off to college this year. I am leaving St. Stephen's with the confidence that this school has given me the tools to do well in college and in life. –Student '09
Interaction with parents is essential; we encourage and seek communication with families and understand the concern for their children's college planning. We appreciate parents who provide steady support for their children during the college-planning process while allowing them the autonomy to make their applications and their decisions genuine expressions of themselves as individuals.

Above all, college counselors at St. Stephen's are invested in the students they serve and are motivated by the desire to make college matches that minister to students' personal as well as academic needs. We are readily accessible for any questions from students and parents, and we encourage open communication.