College & Gap-Year Advising

JCHS' individualized college advising program helps students identify colleges and universities that will provide a strong match for their unique strengths and interests.
College advisor Lauren Cook provides students and parents with one-on-one guidance throughout the entire college admission process, including advice on initial research, standardized testing, essay writing, interviewing, financial aid, and final decision making. She also coordinates college admission representative visits to JCHS throughout the year, providing students with opportunities to create personalized connections to college admission officers.

Ms. Cook also provides gap-year advising for students who are admitted to college, but choose to defer their enrollment for one year to engage in alternative year programming. Anywhere from a quarter to a third of JCHS graduates annually choose to expand their horizons by pursuing gap-year experiences around the world.

Upcoming College Events

List of 4 events.

  • Planning Ahead to Pay for College

    Join College Counseling staff from several Bay Area Independent schools for a deep dive into paying for college. Become acquainted with the forms, terminology, and resources available to you in applying for aid, how to read your financial aid package, and the role of scholarships in the process. Helpful for sophomore families and those who are not sure if they will apply for need-based aid, essential for junior families and/or those who know they will need financial assistance. The program will be closed-captioned in Spanish and Vietnamese. Links will be sent to all sophomore and junior families; no RSVP required.
  • Junior College Advising: Coffee with Ms. Cook

    Junior parents/guardians are invited to join Ms. Cook on Zoom for a casual college advising conversation. Links will be sent to all junior families; no RSVP required.
  • College Advising "Case Study Program"

    A home grown, virtual "Case Study Program" for our Junior families (a mock admission committee workshop)
  • Junior College Advising: Coffee with Ms. Cook

    Junior parents/guardians are invited to join Ms. Cook on Zoom for a casual college advising conversation. Links will be sent to all junior families; no RSVP required.
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Dean of College and Gap-Year Advising

Lauren Cook
415.694.5772 x174
lcook@jchsofthebay.org
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.