|Cranbrook Schools boasts unequaled student advocacy in a college counseling team with more than a century of combined experience in college placement, college admissions, and financial aid. |
Our five full-time college counselors work closely with admissions offices at colleges and universities across the country—and are themselves all former university admission or financial aid officers. One hundred percent of their work day is devoted to advocating for students, helping them find the right match with the right school, and to developing Cranbrook’s relationships with colleges and universities. In a typical year, the counseling team visits more than 30 college campuses.
When the more than 130 top universities visit our campus each year, their visits are very different than the typical “school fair” experience at most high schools. An admission representative from each college is available to meet face-to-face with our students. In most cases, this same person will be advocating for the Cranbrook student during the admission process, and will be better able to do so because of the relationship formed during that meeting.
Our counselors provide expert, professional knowledge about the entire college admissions process. From preparing students for interviews to holding admissions essay-writing seminars, to calling a university admissions officer for an immediate answer to any question, Cranbrook’s counselors are a unique and indispensable resource to our students and families.
Associate Dean of College Counseling, Boys Middle School Support Services
Associate Dean of College Counseling, Head House Advisor - Cranbrook
Bill served for four years as Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Schools, before moving to his current role as Associate Dean. Prior to Cranbrook he served as Director of Academics, Guidance, and Counseling, Hilton Head Preparatory School; Director of College Counseling, The Hill School; Director of Volunteers in Support of Admissions, Allegheny College; and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Union College.
Recently, together with colleagues from Kalamazoo College and Okemos High School, Bill helped to facilitate a session on the importance and development of a quality high school Profile for the MACAC Annual Conference in Troy. In other professional activity, Bill served as Chair for the Development Committee, Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC), 2002-2005, he also served for a number of years on the Executive Committee of MACAC; Chair, 2003 New Counselors Institute East and presenting faculty member in 2005 and 2006, MACAC; Secondary School NACAC Delegate and Executive Board Member, MACAC, 2001-2004.
This year, Bill and his family moved from their house on Valley Way on Cranbrook's campus, into the Cranbrook Dorms where he is now serving as Head House Advisor.
Associate Dean of College Counseling
Portia has been with Cranbrook Schools since 1994. In addition to her position as Associate Dean of College Counseling, she co-chairs the community service committee and coordinates many of the schools' awards ceremonies. A former Financial Aid Coordinator at Norfolk State University, Portia came to Cranbrook Kingswood with over seventeen years of experience in college financial aid and admissions. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Michigan Association of College Admissions Counselors and the College Board.
|Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm|
The college counseling offices are located in the main academic building on the Cranbrook Campus, 520 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304. Parking is available for visitors in the 520 Lone Pine Road lot.
Cranbrook School Code: 230-355
CK Test Center Code: 23-165