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 3 events.

  • College Financial Planning Workshop

    Sophomore and junior parents are invited to attend.
    JCHS - Library - 200
  • San Francisco Gap Year Fair

    JCHS - Commons - 101
  • San Francisco National College Fair

    Free and open to the public, National College Fairs gather admission representatives from schools across the country in one place. Learn more and register at
    Cow Palace Arena and Event Center
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Dean of College and Gap-Year Advising

Lauren Cook
415.694.5772 x174
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.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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Phone: 415.345.9777

JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from: