College Counseling and Advising
Parents: Watch the video Getting Started with Naviance Student by Dr. Jenifer Blair.
World-Class College Advising
GSSM's College Counseling staff provides highly personalized guidance and support to every student during the college search and application process.
Our best-in-class approach to the college counseling process provides students and parents direction in discovering colleges that are a good “fit” for each student—academically, socially, personally, and financially. In this process students will learn more about their aptitudes, interests and why a good fit college is more than name recognition or prestige-- it’s about finding where you can succeed and launch your career or graduate school preparation.
Juniors arrive at GSSM in the fall and are encouraged to focus on adjusting to GSSM: the academic rigor of GSSM classes, learning time management and study skills, and how to balance their lives at a residential high school. All juniors are assigned a college counselor and will participate in several information sessions in the fall. Early in their GSSM career, juniors will complete the YouScience profile, learning about college majors and career paths that incorporate their aptitudes and interests. College Planning Seminar I classes begin in the spring, with sessions on the college search, costs and financial aid, college essays, and the application process. Each student has at least one individual conference with his/her college counselor early in the spring, followed by optional parent/student meetings offered via Skype, conference call, or in person. One-on-one college planning continues in the fall of senior year in College Planning Seminar II. GSSM’s college counselors also write letters of recommendation for each student applying to college.
Meet Our Staff
|Dr. Jenifer L. Blair
Director of College
Counseling & Advising
Mr. Jake Sintich
Mrs. Kenetta P. Dash