College Counseling

College Counseling at North Shore is a very personalized experience. 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 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 December 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. Through the process, students complete self-assessments, develop key criteria for the search, discuss college visits, and develop plans for testing, summer experiences and senior curriculum. Group sessions on interviewing techniques, essay writing, testing strategies, and application completion are also offered.  The college counselors serve as advocates, empowering students to drive their own college search as well as develop vital decision making and communication skills. 
Additional Components:
  • 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 for rising seniors 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 essays, athletic recruitment, arts portfolios/auditions, etc.
  • Small group information sessions with more than 150 college/universities that visit North Shore each year
  • Informational parent meetings for 9th-12th grade families

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Kristen Kaczynski

    Kristen Kaczynski 

    Director of College Counseling
    George Washington University - B.A.
    George Washington University - M.A.
    George Washington University - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Elizabeth Giffen

    Elizabeth Giffen 

    Associate Director of College Counseling; Upper School English Teacher; Coach
    Colby College - B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.Ed. Educational Leadership
  • Photo of Erin Aiston

    Erin Aiston 

    Administrative Assistant • Upper School and College Counseling
    (847) 446-0674
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.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.