Jackson Hole Community School

College Counseling

The Community School's College Counseling Program is designed around the student and his or her goals for the college search and selection process. This is a very personal process, and it can be challenging for students to detach from peer experiences and goals, parental expectations, and the global view of what it means to go to college and to go to a certain "type” of college.

JHCS' college counseling program helps guide and advise students through the process and helps students and parents avoid as many of the typical pitfalls related to this process as possible. It is an exciting time in students' lives and the college process should add to their high school experience, not detract from it. During this process the entire community must rely on trust and develop open lines of communication. As the process begins, the counseling program encourages students to keep an open mind, keep things in perspective, communicate with their parents, and trust in themselves to make good decisions. JHCS’s size allows us to fully support all of our students as they set and achieve their college goals.

Choosing the right fit for college can be one of the most important decisions young people make. The decision to go college and the choice about where should be a rewarding experience for the student and his or her family. The process should reveal the tremendous opportunities open to students graduating from JHCS. Choosing a college is a time for exploration and excitement.

Distinct Nature of College Counseling at JHCS:

  1. The average class size at JHCS is 11 students so every student and family receives an entirely personalized college counseling experience.
  2. The Director of College Counseling begins meeting with juniors during their spring semester.
  3. Juniors meet with the College Counselor once a week as a group to discuss all aspects of the college search process ranging from testing to searching for colleges to writing college essays.
  4. Students meet individually with the College Counselor whenever necessary.
  5. Group and individual meetings continue during the fall of the senior year.
  6. A total of four evening college application nights occur during the senior year.
  7. JHCS hosts visits from admissions staff from a variety of colleges—recent visits have included Middlebury College, Brown Univ., Stanford Univ., Princeton Univ., Univ. of Puget Sound, Seattle Univ., Univ. of Wyoming, Lehigh Univ., Quest Univ., Fort Lewis College, & Montana State University.
  8. Director of College Counseling travels to national conferences to stay abreast of current trends in college admissions, meet with college representatives, and advocate for JHCS and its students.
  9. Director of College Counseling travels in the spring to visit colleges and advocate for students.
  10. The Director meets with parents on a regular basis to discuss individual aspirations and family circumstances.  

    Download this year's College Counseling handbook here.


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