"At the end of the college process, students have learned a tremendous amount about who they are and about self-advocacy. Our goal is to help students to develop the confidence to know they will add value to their communities beyond Nobles."

– Kate Ramsdell, Director of College Counseling

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At Nobles, the college counseling philosophy reflects our mission and relational pedagogy. We help to develop leaders for the public good – critical thinkers who are healthy, engaged, resilient, creative, hard-working and socially-conscious students and people. We are teachers first. We help students and their families to develop a working vocabulary and an understanding of all of the elements of a comprehensive college search and application process. Our team of experienced educators guides students through a developmentally appropriate, individualized process that helps students to become the strongest college applicants they can be. These principles serve as the foundation for our comprehensive, 30-month college counseling program.

We carry small caseloads that allow us to build trusting relationships with our counselees and their families. Our hands-on approach allows us to support students in critical areas: from self-reflection and self-evaluation to the more practical facets of course and standardized test planning, special interest planning, college list building, and application strategy. Perhaps most importantly, we are advocates for our students as they navigate the college application and decision-making process.

Over the course of a two-and-a-half year period, starting in the Class III year, we help students to align their college aspirations with an understanding of the ever-evolving college landscape. We want our students emerge from the process with a greater degree of self-knowledge, the ability to self-advocate, to be resilient, and to see themselves as positive and impactful citizens in the Nobles community and beyond.


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