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 individual talents, passions, and goals.
College Counseling Overview
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 the college search process in earnest.
- Twelfth grade: Complete the college application and selection process.
Throughout the year the college counselors teach seminars 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 College Counseling staff at Gould went over and above to help our son develop a personalized list of schools that reflected both his academic interests and his love of the outdoors. They gave him close support at every step of the application process. He is so proud of the results and has a range of excellent, well-matched colleges to choose from. Our son has had exposure to ideas, courses, and experiences that set him apart from his peers. A Gould education offers a perfect mix of exploration, rigor, and flexibility. Gould has been a place where our son has been able to explore his interests and grow into a confident, independent and thriving young man!”
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Spring Parent and Family Weekend Events
Each year during the Spring Family Weekend, College Counseling designs and College Admissions program for Gould’s tenth- and eleventh-grade students and their families. Full of insider tips for managing the college admissions process, the program brings top admissions professionals to Gould for some compelling face time with our families.
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 meet with 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.
Online College Planning
We are pleased to announce that Gould is introducing a new college planning system called SCOIR (pronounced “score”). We have chosen it to help you navigate the college selection process because it is a strong, simple, visual tool for discovering colleges that match your personal as well as academic interests. Parents also have access to SCOIR to assist students in college selection and to gain more insight about your cost of attendance at different colleges.
We are excited to be able to provide SCOIR to our students and families, and we feel confident that you will find it helpful and easy to use. You can watch the short videos below to help you become familiar with SCOIR:
If you have any questions, please come see us in the College Counseling office. We’re happy to help.
To schedule a visit, please contact College Counseling, 207-824-7742.
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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)
*We have shared our SCOIR visit calendar with the Telstar Guidance office
Ms. Libby has taught in colleges and high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Utah and brings a genuine love of language, students, and confidence in higher education to her role as a college counselor. In 2008, she was appointed the director of college counseling and, since then, has designed a four-year college counseling program for Gould students, helped mentor other young professionals through NEACAC’s Rising Leaders Colloquium and ACCIS organizations, and been named 2014 NEACAC Professional of the Year. Married to English teacher and director of the Skateboard Program, Mr. Dave Bean, Ms. Libby is a closeted writer and singer, and she 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 ’21.
Ms. Davis joins us from nearby Lewiston, Maine, where she worked as the director of programs and mission impact at the YWCA of Central Maine. Prior to this, she worked extensively in the field of college advising, both in Maine and Virginia nonprofits, where she designed and directed programs to build access for first-generation, low-income students, and student-athletes. She also spent five years as a faculty member at Northfield Mount Herman School—as well as a short stint directing Gould’s summer school program, so she is well versed in boarding school and Bethel life. She lives on campus with her daughter, Elyana.