Step By Step
Your family may be new to the college admission process, but we’re not. Every Bancroft graduate goes to college. Every single one. And you will, too.
Your journey toward college admission won’t look like anyone else’s. But you’ll have something in common with thousands of Bancroft grads before you: the support of caring, thoughtful educators, counselors, and advisors who truly know you and know colleges. We will guide you and advocate for you. We are your team.
Your freshman and sophomore years are a time for exploration. Take challenging classes in which you can do well. Participate widely in clubs, sports, and community service. Build on your talents, strengths, and passions. Think about leadership opportunities. You and your family will meet individually with the Upper School Head and your Advisor to choose courses and plan for Grades 10-12.
Junior year is when things start humming. College Counseling sessions continue with you and your family, as you develop a balanced college list, explore various college applications, and develop a testing strategy. We hold parent sessions on College Applications, Standardized Testing, and Financial Aid. You’ll start to write personal essays in your classes. The College Counselor talks to your teachers to get a feel for your individual strengths. In April, we host a Case Study Workshop, and we take your entire class to the independent school College Fair in Boston, where you’ll have a chance to talk with admissions officers from 100+ colleges and universities.
Senior year includes a College Night Reception and Financial Aid Night for parents. College counseling meetings and advisories continue. Recruiters from over 100 colleges visit campus to tell you all about their schools (they WANT Bancroft students)! We’ll work with you to finalize essays, complete applications, and request teacher recommendations. We’ll even help you understand scholarships and financial aid awards.
Bancroft students do not navigate these waters alone. We’re with you every step of the way.
Our graduates are welcomed at the finest colleges and universities around the world. In the past five years, Bancroft School seniors have earned acceptance at all of the following institutions.
CEEB Testing Code: 222480
Director of College Counseling
Assistant College Counselor