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 6 events.

  • Gap Program Visit: Tivnu

    JCHS - Commons - 101
  • Gap Program Visit: Where There Be Dragons

    JCHS - Commons - 101
  • College, Coffee & Conversation with Ms. Cook

    Curious about college admission?
     
    Sophomore parents are invited to join Dean of College and Gap Year Advising Lauren Cook for an informal conversation over coffee and snacks.
      
    This is an opportunity to get to know Ms. Cook, hear a general overview of the college advising program at JCHS, and learn a few things that your family can do now to begin to prepare for the college search. Bring any questions you may have about the process.
    JCHS - Room 120 - 120
  • Jewish Programs Fair

    Find out more about great activities for kids, teens, college grads and more at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay's Jewish Gap-Year and Summer Programs Fair. Whether you're looking for a summer camp for the kids or wondering about college gap-year programs, join us to learn more on February 10, 2019 at JCHS.

    Free and open to the public. Parking available.

    If you are interested in attending, please register on Eventbrite as space is limited.
    JCHS - Commons - 101
  • College, Coffee & Conversation with Ms. Cook

    Curious about college admission?

    Freshman parents are invited to join Dean of College and Gap Year Advising Lauren Cook for an informal conversation over coffee and snacks. This is an opportunity to get to know Ms. Cook and hear a general overview of the college advising program at JCHS. Bring any questions you may have about the process!
  • College Financial Planning Workshop

    Join Ms. Cook and Mary Morrison, who spent almost three decades working in financial aid at Stanford, for an introduction for sophomore and junior parents to the college financing process - including information on need-based aid, merit aid, and private scholarships. 
    JCHS - Library - 200
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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.