Academics

College Counseling

Greetings from the College Counseling team at CCES! I invite you to explore the many exciting facets of our program and to form a partnership with us as your child journeys through the college search. I truly believe that you and your child will benefit from our college counseling program, which is comprehensive in nature and highly personalized. Through numerous individualized student and parent meetings and a coordinated series of educational group seminars, our program equips students with the knowledge and resources needed to conduct an enjoyable and productive college search. Our goal is to ensure that each student is prepared to seek out colleges that match their unique academic and personal needs and expectations; our focus is to guide each student as they search to find the right college “match.”

Our work as college counselors reflects the school’s commitment to help students make intelligent decisions and choices. Good decisions about college are a result of a student’s careful self-assessment, solid research, and thoughtful planning; these factors are promoted throughout the college search and application process.

Each year, CCES graduates attend an exciting array of colleges and universities; many are recipients of prestigious merit scholarships. The college counseling team values individuality in the college process and celebrates each child’s accomplishments and college choice!

It is our sincere hope that our counseling efforts will assist you and your child in gaining greater insight and understanding throughout the college search. College counselors are available to offer suggestions and advice, to answer questions, to educate, and to encourage your child to truly discover his or her own uniqueness.  

Our team looks forward to working with you and wishes you and your family all the best as you embark upon this most exciting journey!

Linda Schulz
Director of College Counseling 
schulzl@cces.org

Meet the Director

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  • Linda Schulz 

    Director of College Counseling
    864-299-1522 ext. 1292
          

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  • Faculty Recommendations

    “Faculty recommendations are where CCES students have an enormous advantage,” according to Linda Schulz, Director of College Counseling. “Our teachers know our students well. The letters they write for our seniors are highly personalized and insightful. No two are ever alike. Our teachers put a great deal of thought into these letters. They know what it can mean to a student’s future.”

    According to Upper School history teacher Kristi Ferguson, one of the teachers most frequently asked for an academic recommendation, it takes at least two hours to draft each one. “And then I revise,” she added. Averaging some 15-20 letters a year, she puts in many extra hours writing recommendations.

    “Since I teach the students as juniors, I focus on growth and maturity,” she said, explaining her approach. “I try to bring in actual examples of what the student has written, especially if the student is one of my IB seniors, because then I can discuss research done in the class. It is great when I am the senior thesis or extended essay advisor because I can talk about that, too. If the student is my advisee, I try to bring in something personal. When I wrote the ones last year, I was able to discuss our advisee volunteer time at the Sterling Recreation Center."
    “Our students have worked hard and accomplished a great deal by the time they are ready to apply to college,” said Mrs. Schulz. “Our faculty certainly do a superb job of preparing them academically.”

    “And,” she added, “through comprehensive letters of recommendation, our faculty are also able to serve as strong advocates for our students as they apply to college.”
  • College Counseling at a Glance

    • Low student-counselor ratio that ensures a personalized college counseling experience for each CCES student
    • Individualized college counseling  meetings with students and parents during the college search and application process
    • One-on-one assistance with college applications, essays, resume building, and interview skills
    • Monthly educational seminars for juniors
    • Series of college and financial planning programs for parents and students in grades 9-12
    • Comprehensive College Counseling Handbook
    • Detailed college counselor letter of recommendation for every student
    • In-depth faculty letters of recommendation
    • Sponsorship of and participation in annual Greenville County College Fair
    • Dozens of college and university admissions representatives visit our campus annually
    • Active membership in the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
  • A Cooperative Journey of Self-Discovery

    CCES college counselors view the college search process as a journey of self-discovery, one in which the student, parents, and the school cooperate as a team. In addition to numerous personalized, one-on-one meetings with each student and their parents, educational seminars are held annually.

    The journey begins in the ninth grade. Our program is designed to guide students to make the most of their high school years, both academically and socially. As sophomores, students and their families engage more deeply in early college planning. Then, through a series of monthly college counseling seminars for CCES juniors and seniors, students meet in group settings to learn the more technical aspects of the college process. This involves topics such as how to research colleges, prepare for interviews, write college essays, build personal resumes, and complete the application process.

    In addition to their work with CCES families, our college counselors develop and maintain strong working relationships with our college admission colleagues. College admission professionals, as well as college financial aid directors, serve as guest speakers each year for our special on-campus programs. In addition, dozens of college and university admission representatives visit CCES every fall to meet with students. Our students also have the opportunity to talk with over 100 college representatives at the annual fall Greenville County College Fair, for which CCES is a sponsor.
  • Highly Personalized Guidance for Each Student

    One of the most compelling facets of our College Counseling Program is the personalized attention each student receives from our dedicated college counseling professionals.

    CCES college counselors serve as resources, guides, and advisors to students as they maneuver through the sometimes-complex college process. They work closely with students to guide them through the initial stages of assessing individual needs and goals and in conducting thorough college research, they guide seniors through the college application process, and they ultimately see students through to the moment in which they select their new college homes.

    During individual conferences with students and parents, our college counselors establish students’ needs and goals and develop a preliminary list of schools appropriate for each student’s consideration. Equally important, the college counselors help students assess their own individual talents and achievements and define their personal interests and goals. Once students have carefully evaluated their talents and aspirations, they are better equipped to seek out colleges that match their academic and personal needs and expectations.
A CCES education prepares students to think deeply, act responsibly, live vigorously, believe faithfully, lead resolutely, and create imaginatively.