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College Counseling

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  • “To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world …”


    A quality education challenges the whole student to become better in all ways. To accomplish this, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School provides a positive environment and opportunities that encourage students to find their passions, take responsibility of leadership roles, learn how to listen and respect others, compete in a just and fair way, savor learning for the thrill of discovery, move outside their comfort zone and embrace new and different activities and perspectives, choose the hard right over the easy wrong, and give back to society. These goals are not easily achieved and what may be appropriate for one student is not necessarily the same for another. This is what makes education so challenging. Achieving the correct balance in a student’s physical, emotional, academic, and spiritual development takes more than just time and effort. It takes care.

    The philosophy of the College Office is no different. We take the care necessary to help each and every student and family through the college process, and we work very hard to find the school that will continue to educate the whole student and help them achieve their correct balance.
  • “To honor the unique value of each of our members … ”


    The mission of the College Office is to educate and support students and families through all portions of the college application process. Above all, we seek to find the right fit in a college or university for each student and family. Given the superior caliber of our students, we are proud that our students have taken advantage of the abundance and diversity of excellent institutions of higher learning. Secure in the knowledge that SSSAS prepares each student extremely well for the rigors of college academics, we work hard to encourage our students and advocate for them in the college process.

    We are ready to help students and their families walk step-by-step through the process; we will serve as your guides and welcome any questions or concerns that arise. Remembering that the students themselves are the college-bound members of this endeavor, the process must be student-driven, in school and at home. Rest assured--the college process is surmountable, it is decipherable, it is do-able, and who knows, it may even be a little fun!

Yearly Planner

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  • Freshman Year (Grade 9)

    • Choose some activities (drama, sports, clubs, community service) outside of class which are of interest to you, especially those you might be involved with all four years in the Upper School. Just choose a few and remember to focus on your academics.
    • Concentrate on the transition from Middle to Upper school. Academic performance is most important and should be your primary concern.
    • Parents should attend the College Office Open House for eighth and ninth grade families in early October.
    • In late August, there will be a NCAA Information Night, sponsored by the College and Athletic Offices, to outline rules and regulations for college-bound athletes.
    • At the end of ninth grade, students may want to consider taking the SAT Subject Test in Physics. The best test date is in June, immediately following final exams. These scores will be recorded on the student’s permanent record, so progress in the course and recommendation of the teacher are crucial for successful testing. Registration for these tests can begin as early as March.
    • Spend your summer wisely pursuing an interest and reading.
  • Sophomore Year (Grade 10)

    • Continue to concentrate on academics and significant activities.
    • Visit and tour a local college campus to get a feel for what the college scene is like.
    • Acquaint yourself with colleges by using the Internet. All colleges have a web presence that includes applications, academics, school activities, athletics and contact information.
    • In late August, there will be a NCAA Information Night, sponsored by the College and Athletic Offices, to outline rules and regulations for college-bound athletes.
    • All sophomores will take the PSAT for the first time during school in October. This is a great opportunity for a "trial run" on a standardized test. Results will be mailed home just prior to Christmas break.
    • All sophomores will attend the Episcopal High School College Fair in October.
    • All sophomores and their parents are expected to attend Sophomore College Night in November. This is a great way to begin thinking about the college process and what is important to consider as you begin this journey.
    • At the end of tenth grade, students may wish to consider taking the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry. The best test date is in June, immediately following final exams. As these scores will be recorded on the student’s permanent record, progress in the course and recommendation of the teacher are crucial for successful testing. Registration for these tests can begin as early as March.
    • In May, the College Counselors will offer individual half-hour meetings with any interested sophomore and their family to discuss course selection, the timing of standardized testing during the upcoming junior, and a general overview of the college process.
    • Consider a summer study experience on a college campus. At the very least, use your summer time constructively working or volunteering. Students may find that this is the best time to take an SAT/PSAT prep class.
  • Junior Year (Grade 11)

    • More than anything else, academic performance in the all important junior year is paramount in the college process and should be the primary focus. 
    • Students should strive to continue their involvement with school activities and seek out leadership opportunities. Colleges love to see students who have made the most of their high school experience.
    • In late August, there will be a NCAA Information Night, sponsored by the College and Athletic Offices, to outline rules and regulations for college-bound athletes.
    • Do not miss the opportunity to meet with visiting college admission representatives from the colleges you are interested in attending! Over one hundred and fifty admission representatives visit the College Office each fall.
    • In October, all juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT. Scores on this test will be the sole standard for National Merit Qualification. Test scores will be mailed home prior to Christmas break. 
    • All juniors will attend the Episcopal High School College Fair in October.
    • Juniors should consider taking the SAT or the ACT twice during this year; once in the winter (November, December, or January) and a second time in the spring (March, May, or June). Be sure to follow the exact directions/criteria for online registration for these tests, especially with regard to the photo I.D. requirements.
    • Before Christmas break, the College Counselors distribute a “Survey of the College Bound” to each junior. This document must be completed before you and your family can have the first individual meeting with your College Counselor.
    • Juniors and their parents are expected to attend Eleventh Grade College Night in January. During this meeting, the counselors will go over the “nuts and bolts” of the college process. This evening information session will be followed by individual meetings with each junior and his/her parents at some point in the third quarter. During this meeting you will create a balanced list of prospective schools and receive information on how to create your Naviance account.
    • Use Spring Break to visit and tour college campuses.
    • The Washington Area Independent Schools (WAIS) College Fair will be in late April. Plan to attend this evening event, as many excellent schools will have representatives there
    • The day after the WAIS Fair, the College Office sponsors a College Workshop for Juniors. This is an all-day event held on the Upper School campus and features admission representatives from a variety of colleges and universities.
    • May and June are good times to take the SAT Subject tests. You will strategize with your College Counselor during your individual meeting in the winter as to which subject tests would be appropriate. SAT and ACT registration deadlines are on the school calendar.
    • Over the summer, visit and tour college campuses and get started on your college application essays. There is a college application essay class offered through the Summer Programs Office.
    • Create your Naviance account over the summer. Create your CommonApp account on or after August 1st.
  • Senior Year (Grade 12)

    • More than anything else, academic performance in the all-important first semester of senior year is paramount in the college process and should be the primary focus.
    • Students should strive to continue their involvement with school activities and seek out leadership opportunities. Colleges love to see students who have made the most of their high school experience.
    • Check in regularly and communicate with your College Counselor. Keep your Naviance account up-to-date.
    • In late August, there will be a NCAA Information Night, sponsored by the College and Athletic Offices, to outline rules and regulations for college-bound athletes.
    • Seniors and their parents are expected to attend Senior College Night in early September. During this meeting, the counselors will go over the procedures and deadlines of the application process.
    • Schedule visits and interviews at the prospective schools of your choice in September and throughout the fall.
    • Do not miss the opportunity to meet with visiting college admission representatives from the colleges you are interested in attending! Over one hundred and fifty admission representatives visit the College Counseling Center each fall.
    • October 1 is the College Office deadline for all early decision secondary school report materials.
    • Seniors have a day off from classes in October on PSAT day to work on college applications.
    • Seniors can take the SAT I or SAT subject tests in October, November, or December, and/or the ACT in September, October or December. Be sure to pay attention to the registration deadlines.
    • In early October, there will be a Financial Aid Workshop. It is a good idea for at least one member of your family to attend.
    • As soon as possible after October 1, file the free FAFSA form, which will make you eligible for financial aid if you qualify.
    • If you will be applying to private colleges and anticipate relying on financial aid, be sure to register to receive the fee-based CSS Profile, a form required by many private institutions.
    • December 1 is our final College Office deadline for all regular decision secondary school report materials. Even if your applications are due after December 1, you must adhere to this deadline.
    • Report your standardized test scores to your prospective schools. These are crucial steps, since the school does not release this information to colleges.
    • Keep the College Counselors posted on all college decisions as you receive them and keep your Naviance account up-to-date.
    • If you are accepted to more than one institution and are having difficulty deciding among the schools, consider overnight visits to help you make the most informed selection.
    • In conjunction with the Counseling Office, the College Counseling Office co-sponsors a Senior Separation Night for Seniors and their Parents in April.
    • May 1 is the National Candidate's Reply date. You must make your final decision on where you intend to enroll and send in the deposit by this date. Remember, you may not double-deposit, meaning you cannot send deposits to more than one school; in fact, the school will release your final transcript to only one college. Notify not only the school that you will attend, but also all schools that accepted you of your plans. It is a requirement that you notify the schools that you will not attend so that they may, in turn, notify wait-listed students if a space becomes available.

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Directions to the College Office

Please use 1000 St. Stephen's Road, Alexandria, VA 22304 in your GPS so you make it to the Upper School campus!  There are designated "College Office Visitor" spots right by the main entrance to the building.  Please sign in at the front desk and you'll be directed downstairs to the College Office.

College Office Visits & Events

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College Counselors

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  • Dr. Michael "Mike" Carter 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Mr. Tim Doyle 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Ms. Elizabeth "Libby" Weith 

    Associate Director of College Counseling

Contact Us

For College Admission Representatives:
We'd love to have you visit us! To schedule a visit please email Elizabeth Weith at eweith@sssas.org.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is an independent, college-preparatory, coed, day, Episcopal Church School that educates students in junior kindergarten through grade 12. The school consists of three, age-appropriate campuses (Lower, Middle, and Upper School) in Alexandria, Virginia. SSSAS welcomes families of all faiths. We offer challenging academics, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, and championship athletics. SSSAS is regarded as one of the top private schools in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

Lower School

Grades: JK-5
400 Fontaine Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Middle School

Grades: 6-8
4401 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Upper School

Grades: 9-12
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304