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College Counseling


The college application process can be stressful at best. The responsibility of being a college preparatory school is at the very core of our high school. For us, this means our students will transition seamlessly to their college experience - thriving academically, socially, and emotionally. But it also means we share the responsibility to make the often intimidating college application and selection process as manageable as possible with a clear roadmap from freshman to senior year.

Through College Counseling at EDS, our goal is to partner with families so students can make informed, realistic decisions for themselves, and parents are supported from the college admissions process through letting their Eagles spread their wings on their own.

Our families work with a committed faculty and our dedicated Director of College Counseling on virtually all aspects of the admissions process: 

  • exploring career interests
  • narrowing down college choices
  • writing and revising (and revising again) admissions essays
  • understanding different types of financial aid
  • seeking out scholarships
  • securing letters of recommendation
  • registering for SAT/ACT exams
  • mock-interviewing
  • and much more. 

It isn’t always easy, but it is always a meaningful and important journey … and it begins on day one of their high school years with education, guidance, and experience behind them. By devoting time and attention to guiding students and parents through this difficult process, students are more empowered to make big choices for themselves, and parents can rest assured that their child has made a strong choice with the support of a team that is behind them the whole way.

Ultimately, this process solidifies the Portrait of a Graduate attributes we seek to see in our students because nothing will challenge students in global mindedness, entrepreneurial learning, resilience, and balance more than making this first big decision of their lives. And by the end, we are so proud of our Eagles who leave the nest and fly high.

For more information, contact Mackenzie Gehlhausen, Director of College Counseling.