College Advising in 2020-2021

As students and families who are already working with Ms. Lauren Cook (Dean of College & Gap Year Advising) know, she brings an unparalleled warmth, reliability, and a culture of sanity to what can be a stressful college application process.
This fall, the college search and application process will undoubtedly look different from other years, and Ms. Cook is poised to help students navigate this new reality. While the JCHS College Advising Program will not change dramatically this year as many components are already executed virtually, there will be some logistical shifts to address the continuing pandemic.

College Representative Visits to JCHS

Few colleges plan to allow their recruiters to travel this fall, and few high schools will allow these guests onto their campuses. Given this, all JCHS informational college meetings now will be offered virtually. This will also create equity of access, as JCHS students can attend regardless of whether their cohort is physically on campus or at home. Virtual visits were piloted with the Class of 2021 this past spring, and the process will be formalized this fall within the SCOIR college planning system. Visits are open to JCHS juniors and seniors, with recordings provided after the event upon request.

Meetings with Ms. Cook

Ms. Cook will meet with students and families online via Zoom, as was first piloted during distance learning in the spring. Ms. Cook will offer a formalized set of office hours in the fall, with 30 and 60 minute appointments available via her Google calendar link (also found in her email signature), as well as some evening office hours around key admission deadlines. As always, seniors and their families receive preference for meetings in the first half of the year.

College Advising Events

Formerly in-person events like the Senior College Workshop and the Junior College Kick-Off Night will now be offered virtually via Zoom, keeping us in compliance with public health guidelines prohibiting large group gatherings even when in-person learning is permitted. This presents us with the opportunity to invite a broader range of guest speakers and provide more equitable access to families who live a great distance from JCHS.
Much else around college advising will remain the same. Ms. Cook will continue to communicate electronically with families via email and SCOIR, conduct review, editing, and feedback on college application materials with students via email and Google docs, and above all else, remain available to JCHS families and college and university partners in service of JCHS students.

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