Counseling services

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The College Counselling Programme (CC) at KICS begins in Year 10. The aim is to provide the best possible advice to students and parents from an early stage in order to create a personalised road map for each student. By working to identify the end goals, we can better choose the steps we take now.

Parent Involvement
It is crucial that parents are involved at every stage of the College Counselling process. At home discussions can be held about what interests a student has, their strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations and how those goals can be achieved. Parental involvement is essential in supporting work experience, independent research on subjects and current events, CAS activities, community service, and so on.
Parents must be actively involved with students as they research different career options, courses and universities. Finally, they must keep abreast of the financial obligations involved in going to university, and identify from early on any need for financial aid.

Timelines
Year 10
Semester One

1.   College Counselling Session with all Year 10s to identify possible areas of interest for the Work Experience Week in February.
 Semester Two
2.    Work Experience Options are finalised, undertaken and reflected on.

Year 11
Semester One

1.    Parents’ Introductory College Session  
 Semester Two
2.    IB Diploma Options Night.
3.    Research
1.    University requirements
2.    IB Subject choices
3.    Work experience
4.    Campus tours
4.    Year 11 individual family meeting with College Counsellor to confirm IB Diploma Options. Information shared re: campus visits, summer courses and work experience that students are encouraged to attend during the summer between Year 11 and Year 12.
 
Year 12
Semester One

1.    Initial College Questionnaire
2.    Preliminary group and individual CC meetings
3.    SAT registration
4.    PTSC meetings to introduce the College Counselling Programme
Semester Two
February
1.     Tailored CC meetings for all Year 12s
2.     Target Setting and monitoring (please see details on separate page)
 During this semester, Year 12 students will focus on:
1.    How to research universities, courses and entry requirements;
2.    Introduction to personal statements/essay writing.
3.    Various requirements for different universities and applications identified including transcripts, letters of recommendation, admissions tests and grade requirements.
4.    SAT I and II registration
April/May
1.    End of year meetings with parents to confirm college direction.
 
Year 13
Semester One

1.    College Counselling Individual and group meetings continue
2.    Final Selection of courses and universities (Reach, Safety, Secure)
3.    Collation of Predicted Grades
4.    Additional reference letters from College Counsellors and Subject Teachers
5.    All applications to be sent out by December—Exceptions: UK: Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and some Art courses by October 15. USA: Early Decision by 1 November, and some other exceptions for US applications (more details below).   
6.    UK: Oxbridge responses by November, with possible interviews in December. USA: Early Decision/Admissions responses.
Semester Two
January/February/March
1.    Regular offers begin coming in and final decisions are made.
2.    Where applicable, interview preparation and scheduling.

University Research
The first step in making any decision is doing research. There are several websites and books that can provide advice, direction and information pertaining to pre-requisites, and other entry requirements such as extra testing or specific points needed to be considered for an offer.
University League Tables such as the Guardian League Tables or the Princeton Review Tables, offer valuables sources of information regarding university rankings, subject rankings, student satisfaction, and employment rates after graduation.
For most universities it is best to go directly to the institution’s website. There are also books and prospectuses in the CC Office.
Please refer to the KICS Learns College Counselling Page for an extensive source of information and websites.