The college counseling process at Gould is a four-year partnership built on individual attention. Through superb knowledge and support, our counselors guide each student through the process while working in tandem with family and faculty. Our goal? To pair each student with a college or university that best fits his or her talents, passions, and goals.
From ninth grade on, counselors work side by side with students in a growing relationship that follows a thorough timetable:
- Ninth grade: Connect with students to review curriculum and extracurricular planning.
- Tenth grade: Discover strengths and interests relating to academics, extracurricular activities, and potential career options.
- Eleventh grade: Begin college search process in earnest.
- Twelfth grade: Complete the college application and selection process.
Throughout the year the college counselors offer workshops on preparing for tests, interviewing, writing college essays, and making college visits. Gould also holds parent meetings during each of the three Parent and Family Weekends, with an entire program devoted to the college search scheduled for the spring Parent and Family Weekend. Parents are invited to schedule individual conferences with members of the college counseling team. Counselors are in close contact with college admissions offices throughout the application process to ensure that Gould students receive every consideration.
The Tenth Grade Career Conversations Program helps Gould students to begin thinking about how their interests might translate into a career. Through Career Conversations, students are introduced to Gould alumni/ae and other professionals who talk about their careers and the paths that led to them. While mandatory for tenth graders, all students are encouraged to attend Career Conversations. Please check our events calendar for a future conversations.
Our college counselors use the powerful web-based tool Naviance to connect with students and their families throughout the college search and application process.
For College Reps
To schedule a visit, please contact: Miriam Rafferty, 207-824-7742.
Best times: Meetings at the beginnings of class tend to be the most successful. In the fall, classes begin at 8:05 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:40 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. On Thursday, students enjoy a sleep-in and don’t begin class until 9:45 a.m. On Wednesday, classes begin at 8:05 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; there are no afternoon classes on Wednesday due to co-curricular activities.
What to expect
- Juniors and seniors may miss class to meet with college representatives with the permission of their classroom teachers.
- If interested, we can arrange interview days with potential applicants.
- One of our counselors will meet with each college representative.
Other schools in the area
Telstar High School (5 minutes)
Oxford Hills High School (35 minutes)
Hebron Academy (40 minutes)
Fryeburg Academy (45 minutes)
Kents Hill School (1 hour and 20 minutes)
Since graduating from Yale University in 1991 and Tufts University in 1996, Ms. Libby has taught in colleges and high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Utah. She brings a genuine love of language, students, and confidence in the promise of higher education to her role as a counselor. Married to English teacher and Director of the Skateboard Program, Mr. Dave Bean, Ms. Libby loves to cook bagels and latkes. From scratch! The Libby Beans live off campus with their three children: daughters, Zoe ’17, Lilo ’19, and son, Utah.
Ms. Lynch has spent her entire career working in secondary education, first as a teacher and coach, and now as a College Counselor and student advisor. When she is not outside exploring the many outdoor opportunities of this area, she values her time spent working with students and their families, and loves living in Bethel with her husband, Math Teacher, Mr. Dave Lynch, and their daughter, Addison.
Miss Gadd is a 2004 graduate of Gould Academy and received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Colby-Sawyer College in 2008. A native of West Newbury, Massachusetts, she started her career in education as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher. More recently, Miss Gadd worked in college admissions, leading committees for competitive and selective admission processes. In her spare time she enjoys long walks on the beach and cheering loudly for the New England Patriots!
Prior to moving to nearby Andover, Maine and joining the College Counseling team, Ms. Rafferty was a resident of New Jersey whose professional experience ranged from financial analysis/reporting in the for profit and nonprofit sectors to website content management. When asked what her hardest and most rewarding job has been, Ms. Rafferty will tell you “being a mom.” She has three grown children who have gone through the college process: Kelly, Bobby, and Dana, as well as a Boston Terrier, Cleo, her now constant beloved companion.