College Guidance at Shulamith High School

October 24, 2017 | By

The inaugural class of Shulamith High School, the Class of 2019, has embarked upon their junior year. This is the year in which planning for college becomes the top priority. ACTs or SATs? How many APs should one take? What is the Common App? How does one apply for financial aid and scholarships? With questions like these, college can feel like a daunting challenge for both parent and student.  RIETS, Columbia and Harvard educated, Dr. Steven Lorch,  our Director of Professional Learning, brings tremendous experience and wisdom to our College Guidance Department.

Dr Lorch spoke to our students about the preparations that they should expect over the next 18 months as they prepare for college.  He informed them that most of the preparation for college takes place in the 12 months from January of 11th grade to December of 12th grade. While the first college guidance session took place this week, and an admissions representative from Barnard will be stopping by later next week, the hard work begins in earnest after winter break. Visits from Stern, NYU, Columbia, Fashion Institute of Technology, Queens College, and Landers College are lined up for later in the year. The diverse representation captures the focus of the program: to help students identify the college that will cultivate their personal and professional identities.

Dr. Lorch’s role as college counselor is multi-faceted.  He provides students with information and tools to explore the various college options open to them. The needs of each student is unique, and must be approached as such. College is not a one size fits all situation, and the small, close knit atmosphere of Shulamith will allow the students to be mentored towards the school most appropriate for them. Dr. Lorch will help each student create a personalized game plan to take the stress out of handling the admissions.

Joining Dr. Lorch in this mission is 11th grade advisor, Ms Tamara Klein and guidance counselor, Ms Ashley Cohen. Ms Klein will be meeting with students individually and collectively to insure that the juniors are addressing the immediate needs to prepare for the admissions process, enrolling in appropriate courses, taking advantage of the variety of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities made available to them, and taking  advantage of leadership opportunities that arise, both in school and in the broader community. “This year, the most important thing is to listen and support” said Mrs. Klein.

This team will guide and accompany every student through to her admission to a good fit college. What was a daunting process, becomes an opportunity to explore growth and potential. Shulamith Juniors can expect what has become the classic Shulamith approach of meeting the individual needs of the students. As Dr Lorch said, “We want everyone to become knowledgeable about the options available locally, nationally, and internationally for committed Orthodox young women and to make a decision that will best fit their needs.”

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