University advising philosophy
SFS High School Counselors provide comprehensive university guidance for students in Grades 9-12. SFS HS Counselors believe “college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won” (Frank Sachs). The highest priority is to help students clarify their values, assess their strengths, and identify their goals for post-secondary education and then provide them and their parents with accurate information and guidance about colleges and the admissions process.
University admission counseling begins in the ninth grade with the introduction of self-assessments and inventories through MaiaLearning, then getting more specific with each passing grade level including student self-discovery and career exploration. SFS High School Counselors advise students to seek admission to colleges and universities that fit their intellectual and personal abilities, their interests, and personal aspirations, while keeping student wellbeing at the center of their journey.
As an institutional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, SFS supports NACAC’s Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission. This statement delineates the professional and ethical standards, policies, practices, and procedures that guide and govern the activities of the secondary, post-secondary, and third-party participants in the college admissions process.