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 13 events.

  • Senior College Workshop

    Join Ms. Cook and several college admission officers to learn about essay writing, interviewing, and making relationships with college admission reps. 
  • Common App Drop-In Hours

    Seniors are invited to join Ms. Cook for open time to work on the Common Application.
    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • George Washington University Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Common App Drop-In Hours

    Seniors are invited to join Ms. Cook for open time to work on the Common Application.
    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • University of Toronto Visit - Virtual

    Juniors and Seniors are welcome to gather in Room 120 to attend this virtual visit as a group, or attend remotely via the link listed in SCOIR.
  • Gettysburg College Visit - Virtual

    Juniors and Seniors are welcome to gather in Room 120 to attend this virtual visit as a group, or attend remotely via the link listed in SCOIR.
    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Lehigh University Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • University of Arizona Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • University of Connecticut Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Pace University (NYC) Visit - Virtual

    Juniors and Seniors are welcome to gather in Room 120 to attend this virtual visit as a group, or attend remotely via the link listed in SCOIR.
    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Mount Holyoke College Visit

    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Mock ACT

    Juniors are strongly encouraged to register for this free practice test experience - scores will be compared with practice SAT results in order to decide which test each student should pursue for college admission purposes. Students with standard and 50% time will test at JCHS, students with other accommodations should speak with Ms. Cook about self-proctored opportunities at home.
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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.