College Counseling

College counseling at North Shore Country Day is defined by the personalized experience for our students.

Our college counselors work with students and their families throughout high school to make academic and co-curricular choices, however the college search truly takes off in November of the 11th grade year. Following a “College Night” workshop, counseling becomes very individualized and students and families are able to develop rapport and trust with counselors. The college counselors serve as advocates, empowering students to drive their own college search as well as develop vital decision making and communication skills. 

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.

Meet Our College Counseling Department

Elizabeth Giffen

Elizabeth Giffen

Associate Director of College Counseling; Coach
Kristen Kaczynski

Kristen Kaczynski

Director of College Counseling and Institutional Research


With a counselor to student ratio of about one to 25, our two counselors help students identify and apply to colleges and universities that best match their needs and aspirations.

College Enrollment



54 to 2

Student to College Counselor Ratio


College Admissions Representatives Who Visited in 2019-20


Colleges Offering Admission to Class of 2020 from 33 States and the District of Columbia 


Number of Class of 2020 students Planning to Play College Level Athletics