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North Shore's College Counseling office provides a comprehensive, individualized program to help students identify and apply to colleges and universities that best match their needs and aspirations. With a counselor to student ratio of about one to 25, relationships between counselors and students/families are more fully developed than in larger environments where ratios are typically one to several hundred.
 
While college counseling at North Shore is a four-year process, the college search truly takes off in December of the 11th grade year.  Following a "College Night" workshop, college counseling becomes very individualized. In doing so, the process develops rapport and trust, initiates a student self-assessment, develops key criteria for the search, discusses college visits, and develops plans for testing, summer experiences and senior curriculum. Group sessions on interviewing techniques, essay writing, testing strategies, and application completion are also offered.

Additional components of North Shore's college counseling program include:
  • Bus O' Fun: An annual one-week college tour for juniors to visit a range of colleges under the guidance of their College Counselors.
  • College Counseling Boot Camp: A three-day program that brings in college admission officers from colleges/universities to conduct an admission-case-studies workshop as well as group and individual sessions on admission interviews, writing college admission essays, athletic recruitment, arts portfolios/auditions, etc.
  • Small group information sessions with more than 120 colleges/universities that visit North Shore each year.
  • Informational parent meetings for 9th-12th grade families
In the end, our process helps students and families manage the application and selection processes, prepare for the transition to college and optimize their opportunities for a successful college experience.
Kristen Kaczynski
Director of College Counseling
847.881.8898
Year Appointed: 2010
• Doctoral research investigated the sibling role in the college choice process • Worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at The George Washington University for eight years • Student Council Advisor

Elizabeth Giffen
Associate Director of College Counseling; Upper School English Teacher; Coach
847.881.8847
Year Appointed: 2012