From freshmen to seniors, this guide walks you through the
important steps to take each year to stay on track.
The focus of this year is to inspire students
to focus on achieving their potential in the classroom and to
discover their interests and talents in extracurricular activities.
For example, panel discussions are organized to give the freshmen
opportunities to hear from seniors who have already made their
college decisions and with teachers who encourage them to enjoy the
life of the mind and go beyond required learning plans. We also
encourage students to seek fascinating pursuits outside of the
realm of school life. This year lays a foundation that will give
students confidence in making the necessary decisions that lie
As sophomores, students continue to focus on
their goals and accomplishments; they begin to consider their own
interests and talents in preparation for the college search
process. We arrange for a college admissions director to come talk
about the college application process; this gives our sophomores
the chance to meet someone who works in the business of admitting
high school students to college. During this year, we also take a
college trip to a major research university and to a small liberal
arts college. Again, this gives students a firsthand experience in
actual college offices and in two distinctly different college
The major project of this year is the college
search. Students also learn how to prepare for the application
process. With nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the United
States alone, students have a wealth of opportunities before them.
We meet weekly in small groups or in individual sessions where
students seriously assess their talents and goals with an eye
toward investigating colleges that match these personal attributes.
During these meetings we also give advice on scheduling the SAT and
ACT tests and we look ahead at the college essay, interview, campus
visit, and the students' summaries of their extracurricular
experiences. The fall PSAT test is an opportunity for juniors to
compete in the National Merit Competition; all of our students take
this test. Lastly, from September to November, a vast number of
college admissions representatives visit Brookfield Academy.
Students from all levels are encouraged to visit with these
important professionals; for juniors this is a superb time to find
answers to college questions from the people who may eventually
read their applications.
Finally, the senior year is where all the work and excitement of
the college search come together. During the first semester,
seniors are busy writing their applications. We continue to meet
with them as they navigate the varying parts of this process and we
help each student keep track of all the steps and deadlines they
will encounter along the way.