Beginning in February, Fifth Formers meet weekly in small groups and start meeting individually with their college counselor to begin formulating an initial list of colleges. During Spring Parents’ Weekend, we invite parents of Fifth Formers to College Day; parents and students attend workshops led by college admissions officers who address such topics as financing a college education, essay writing and college entrance criteria. Also on that weekend, Canterbury hosts a large college fair, featuring representatives from over 100 colleges and universities.
Soon after the beginning of the school year, the search and application process accelerates for Sixth Formers. Sixth Formers continue to meet weekly in groups and they also meet with their college counselor individually as often as needed.
Each October, the School hosts Canterbury’s College Night, which features a sit-down dinner for college admissions representatives, Sixth Formers, and Canterbury faculty members. After dinner, the students meet with the representatives at a small college fair. Throughout their child’s Sixth Form year, parents are kept up to date and alerted to deadlines through a College Office newsletter.
Our Third and Fourth Formers also hear from the college counselors, at a few select times throughout the year, to begin the conversation around the college process and help them frame their Canterbury experience, both academically and non-academically.