Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation
CK College Counseling offers unequaled expertise in guiding students through the uncertainties of the college selection and application process. That expertise has resulted in a robust program that starts for students and parents in the freshman year, and partners them with academic deans, advisors, and counselors. Below is a brief overview of the major steps in that process.

9th Grade

The first year of college preparation focuses on:
  • Helping students integrate themselves into the Upper School, both academically and socially.
  • Aiding students as they explore their approach to studies and pursuit of extracurricular activities. We do this through our classroom experience and a system of academic advising.
  • Supporting and guiding students as they learn to strike a balance in their lives.
  • Introducing standardized testing through the administration of the PLAN test (a practice test for the ACT) as an academic assessment/counseling tool.

10th Grade

In their second year, sophomore students:
  • Develop their writing skills, critical thinking, and test-taking skills – all integral elements in the preparation for college-level work.
  • Take the PSAT test as an introduction to college admission testing.
  • Refine their approach to the standardized tests necessary for successful college placement through teachers’ classroom instruction.

11th Grade

During fall semester, juniors:
  • Meet with the CK College Counseling team to review the Junior Timeline and the standardized testing to be taken during the course of the year.
  • Are advised on and take the PSAT as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Attend a workshop about the college application process in order to fully understand the process and the key elements of college admission. This workshop includes a mock admissions committee exercise.
  • Complete the College Counseling Autobiographical Questionnaire, which serves as one of the foundation documents for the initial one-on-one meetings with college counselors the following spring.
During spring semester, juniors:
  • Meet one-on-one with college counselors to develop:
    • A curriculum plan for senior year
    • A testing plan for standardized college admissions testing
    • A working list of colleges to research
    • The skill set necessary to fully and successfully engage the college application process

12th Grade

In collaboration with their college counselors, seniors:
  • Finalize their college list.
  • Complete college applications beginning in early September. During this intense time, seniors draw upon the experiences of the past three years to balance the demands of a strong academic program, extracurricular activities, and preparing college applications.
  • Finish taking any remaining standardized tests.
Senior students work with the following support team as they navigate this challenging transition year:
  • Academic Advisor
  • College Counselor
  • Teachers
In April, the culmination of four years of preparation occurs when seniors make their final college choices.

Parent Programs

College Admissions Deans' Panel:
  • Sophomore and junior parents and students hear from and interact with senior admissions officers from colleges and universities around the country
  • Panel discussion by the admissions deans
  • Question and answer session with the admissions deans
Freshman Parent Evening:
  • What goes on in the 9th grade classroom
  • Life outside the classroom
  • Summer opportunities
  • Curriculum planning
  • CK CollegeNet for the freshman family
Sophomore Parent Evening:
  • PSAT
  • Making the most of your student's summer
  • Standardized testing
  • Curriculum planning
  • CK CollegeNet for the sophomore family
Junior Parent Evening:
  • Where to begin: standardized testing
  • Making your summer work for you
  • How to research colleges
  • Important dates and deadlines
Senior Parent Evening:
  • Parent and student relationships - about your senior
  • Deadlines and the various application paths available
  • Differences in college application forms
  • Fall standardized testing
  • Colleges that visit CK (130+) - how to use the visits well
  • Fall college campus visits and interviews
  • Financial aid forms
  • Teacher recommendations

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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