Unique among peer independent schools, Bay approaches the college search process with the intentional, balanced approach of our mission and precepts. After a kick-off meeting with families in December of their junior year, students have a dedicated flex period once a week that is built into their regular schedule and extends through December of their senior year. During these weekly sessions, students meet with college counselors, research colleges and programs of interest, do test preparation, write college essays, and complete college applications. The careful design of the college process as part of their regular schedule ensures Bay School students are able to continue their focus on academic and other pursuits as they dream, design, and pursue their future plans.
Using state-of-the-art resources, students work with Bay's college counselors to consider their values, interests, and needs; research which colleges and universities at home and abroad may fit those criteria; and evaluate how their credentials position them for admission. In addition to regular individual and small group meetings, and traditional print and internet resources, The Bay School uses web-based technology from SCOIR
, the most comprehensive database available for college research, to create an open and transparent link between Bay's college counselors, the student, and their family.
College Representative Visits
More than 160 colleges and universities representing a broad range of programs and specialty areas visit Bay during the year to meet with students and share information. If you are a college representative interested in scheduling a visit to meet Bay students, please visit SCOIR
to view the online calendar.
Internships, Summer Programs, and Gap Years
Bay students and alumni in summer enrichment programs have recorded their experiences for others on this blog
. Bay students' volunteer, employment, and internship experiences may be found here
. Additionally, the College Counseling Office offers these resources: 2020 List of Summer Programs
and Berkeley Carroll's 2017 flyer
. As part of the college counseling process, students who express an interest in a gap year between high school and college are given the resources and support to understand the process and possibilities for this transitional time.