SOH offers guidance on school and college choices to students and parents in our Grade 3-8 and High School programs.
At theGrade 3-8 level, all 8th graders and their families may meet with the Director of Placement for individual guidance on school choices, in addition to participating in group information sessions. The Director of Placement also offers guidance to families of students in grades 4 and 5 who have been judged ready to make the transition from a public to an independent school. Students who do leave their public schools before 8th grade to attend an independent school must leave SOH’s Grade 3-8 Program but are welcome to participate in the HS Program when they begin 9th grade.
The Director of the High School Program provides individual college counseling, by appointment, to SOH high school students. The Director reviews students’ high school records, offers feedback on essays, and holds evening workshops on college admissions and financial aid. The Director of the HS Program additionally arranges and chaperones college trips that help students develop a frame of reference for their college search.
After participating in SOH’s tour of Colgate, Cornell, and Ithaca Colleges, a student wrote that he thought all good universities “were so far from home, but after seeing Colgate, my mind was completely changed. It had a warm atmosphere, and the study abroad program captured my interest. Colgate had spacious dorms and many different areas to eat and socialize…These were qualities that I had not even considered prior to the trip. I feel more prepared as I continue my search for the right college.”