At Sora, students have a unique opportunity to take control of their education early on by pursuing their own passions and interests through independent projects. As they narrow down their interests and go through this self-discovery process, they begin to define their path after graduation. For many, that path takes them to college.
As a Sora student, learning to truly understand themselves is vital not only to an appropriate college search but also to a successful transition into the beginning stages of adulthood.
Choosing a college is not a one-size-fits-all process.
Individual support is in Sora’s DNA from the level of community engagement with faculty, staff, and peers to the college selection process. Ultimately, the process does take time and strategic planning; however, the experienced college guidance team at Sora assures that the process is very much individualized, personalized, and stress-free, which is a testament to what Sora embodies.
Regular individual meetings with college counselors as well as open and honest communication between counselors, students, and parents/guardians, are key components of this process.
College guidance begins during the spring of a student’s sophomore year, where students and families meet with their college counselor for initial discussions. During the junior year students meet regularly in small groups with the college counselor to consider schools to visit and possible courses of study. They are also prepared for standardized tests, if relevant, and take them during this time. Students are encouraged to pursue visits during the summer between junior and senior year. During the fall of senior year, students finalize application lists, receive support in completing essays and applications via letters of recommendation, and work one-on-one with their college counselor to complete the process.
What exactly makes Sora students stand out with regard to colleges and universities? Chris Wilson, Sora’s Head of Schools, states that “colleges remark that they are impressed with students from Sora because they have already shown not only an interest in a specific area but also an aptitude, which has been demonstrated through their hands-on independent projects. That kind of exposure early on is invaluable.”