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College Counseling

Our Philosophy:
Dexter Southfield’s program of college counseling is designed to help each student find a suitable match in higher education to support his or her academic needs, goals, and interests. The college counseling office provides individualized counseling, guidance, and support throughout every step of the college search and application process. We understand that the college search and application process can be both a challenging and exciting journey. We strive to educate students and families to ensure a full understanding of the comprehensive process and provide the adequate tools and resources to help successfully navigate the process. The office works closely with students’ advisors, teachers, and coaches to ensure that colleges and universities receive the fullest image of each student’s achievements and promise.

We assist students with:
• Self-reflection and self-evaluation
• Research and exploration of post Dexter Southfield options
• Standardized test planning
• Building a college list
• NCAA athletic recruiting
• Application strategy and deadline management
• College visit planning
• Interview preparation
• Essay and supplement writing
• Understanding and applying for financial aid
• Gap year and PG (Post-Graduate) year options
• Making a final enrollment decision

When do we start working with students?
The college counseling office meets with students in classes 9 and 10 to discuss early college planning and standardized testing. In class 11, students are assigned a college counselor and begin the process of researching colleges and universities, which constitutes a major milestone in a young person’s development toward adulthood. Therefore, while the office offers extensive communication, aid in organizing information, and direction in the changing environment of today’s higher education admissions, the primary responsibility for choosing a path after Dexter Southfield lies with the student. We encourage our students to self-advocate throughout the process. The student is the one who after graduation will join a new community of learners and apply what he or she has learned to make positive academic and social contributions.

By attending to students’ needs during their time at Dexter Southfield, and by anticipating many of the challenges that lie before them, the college counseling office extends the broad and deep foundation laid by the School. From here, Dexter Southfield students continue to do their best today and better tomorrow.

College Matriculations

College Planning Resources

Standardized Testing

A testing plan will be discussed with each student during individual college counseling sessions beginning in the fall of class 11. Students are responsible for registering for standardized testing (with the exception of the PSAT) as well as sending their scores to colleges. The Dexter Southfield School code: 220262.

There are several colleges that no longer require SAT or ACT scores. 
Test Optional Schools 

PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) 
Class 11 took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2017. 

Scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. No registration needed. 

Taking the PSAT with Accommodations
PSAT Practice

College Board: SAT 
SAT Test Dates and Deadlines
SAT Fees
Register for the SAT
Taking the SAT with Accommodations
SAT Practice Tests 
SAT Test Day Checklist 
View SAT Scores and Send Scores to Colleges
Interpreting SAT Scores 
College Board Parent Email Reminders

College Board: SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Test Requirements and Recommendations
SAT Subject Test Dates and Deadlines
Register for SAT Subject Test
Taking SAT Subject Test with Accommodations
SAT Subject Test Practice Questions
SAT Subject Test Day Checklist
Get Your SAT Subject Test Scores
Send SAT Subject Scores to Colleges

ACT Test Dates and Deadlines
ACT Fees 
Register for the ACT
ACT Test Preparation 
Taking the ACT with Accommodations
View Scores and Send Scores to Colleges 

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams
AP Exam Dates and Fees
AP Exam Practice Questions
AP Exam Day Checklist
Taking AP Exams with Accommodations

Important Dates and Events

Athletic Recruiting Night 
Tuesday, February 27
6:30–8:00 p.m. 
Clay Center Lecture Hall 
Middle and upper school students and parents are invited to an Athletic Recruiting Night to learn about the college athletic recruiting process from a panel of men’s and women’s Division I and III coaches and an NCAA compliance officer.

Class 11 Parent College Coffee
Thursday, April 5
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Arena-Multi-Purpose Room 
The College Counseling Office will discuss essential elements of the college application process. This is a great opportunity for parents to get their college planning questions answered.

Scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. No registration needed. 

Upcoming College Fairs
Boston National College Fair
Thursday, April 12
6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Boston Independent School College Counseling Association (BISCCA) College Fair
Sunday, April 22
12–2 p.m. at Milton Academy
5–6:30 p.m. at Merrimack College 
All Class 11 students are required to attend. In early April, our office will present college fair preparation information to Class 11 students. The fair is open to families and students.  

Colleges That Change Lives Fair
Saturday, May 19
10 a.m.
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Salons A-F

College Athletics

NCAA Eligibility Center
Students interested in playing sports at an NCAA Division I or II school need to register for a Certification Account by the end of their class 11 year.
Website Registration Checklist
Initial Eligibility Brochure
Division I Academic Requirements
Division II Academic Requirements  
Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete
Probability of Going Pro
Additional NCAA Information

Financial Aid Resources

Upcoming College Visits

Check back often for updates to this document or visit the College Counseling Calendar:

2017 College Visits

For College Admissions Representatives

Dexter Southfield 2017-2018 School Profile
Dexter Southfield CEEB Code: 220262

Visiting Campus:
Thank you for your interest in visiting Dexter Southfield!

College admissions representatives are encouraged to book fall visits through RepVisits. After arriving at 20 Newton St., Brookline, MA, 02445, please follow signs to the Main Office and proceed to the Sohier Building where you may check in at the front desk. 

Once on campus, when you enter the second right at the main gate, bear right to access the main parking lot.

Preferred Local Hotels: 
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
40 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Brookline-Longwood Medical
111 Boylston Street
Brookline, MA 02445

We look forward to your visit!

Contact Us

Ths College Counseling Office is located in Clay Center 422.

Amy Christie, Director of College Counseling
Emily J. Moore, Associate Director of College Counseling
Lindsey Cunningham, College Counseling Office Manager

To schedule a student or parent meeting with the College Counseling team, please email Lindsey Cunningham.


Dexter Southfield School • 617-522-5544 •

Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400 • Admissions: 617-751-3600

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions


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