College Guidance

  • 100% College Acceptance Rate
  • 96% Of Students for the past three years have been accepted into one of their top three colleges of choice
  • 36+ Hours spent on the college guidance process for each student during their junior and senior years
"Respect for children and trust in their inherent enthusiasm for learning."
~From Sparhawk Mission

Like all other aspects of Sparhawk, this mission guides our College Counseling Program. We respect you and the strengths you bring to the college search and application process. We know that you have a unique story to tell and we strive to help you find and share your voice when you begin writing your college essay.

From the moment you start at Sparhawk, your teachers and advisor work as a team with the College Counselor to help you choose an appropriately challenging class schedule and to advise you about extracurricular activities, all of which play an integral part in the college admission process.

You will be enrolled in our extensive and highly personalized College Readiness Course in your junior and senior year. The college search process is one that is ripe with opportunity for self-discovery and growth. We encourage you to identify your strengths and interests and to develop skills of self-advocacy and independence. This program helps you uncover the best possible match between your personal and academic goals and the vast number of opportunities in higher education.



When you enroll at Sparhawk Upper School, you are assigned an advisor who will coach you throughout high school. Your adviser helps you choose courses, extra curricular activities and community service opportunities based on your goals and what lies ahead for you. Your adviser also helps you consider what has worked and what is challenging as well as mapping out a plan for dealing with challenges. In addition to being available to you on an individual basis, advisors meet once a week with assigned advisees as a group. This is a time for individual coaching, but also for the group to get to know one another. Activities include going on short field trips, playing games, cooking and doing community service.

Personal Counseling

The primary goal of counseling at Sparhawk High School is to support you in your educational and personal development. Our counseling services provide personal and academic counseling to enable you to utilize your talents and make intelligent decisions for your future. Our role is to counsel, consult, coordinate, collaborate and advocate with you, your parents and school faculty to support academic achievement, and to help you prepare for your future academics, as well as career and personal social areas.

If you encounter a personal issue that seriously interferes with your academic progress, we will work to support you. Sparhawk High School has a part-time, Licensed Clinical Social worker on staff who is available for intervention and outside referral as needed. Our counseling staff considers your health or emotional concerns important and so treats them with respect and confidentiality.

Test Prep

In your junior year at Sparhawk, you will take an SAT and ACT preparation course. In this course, you learn test taking techniques and build on your existing study and essay writing skills. Sparhawk High School is committed to preparing you for the rigors of standardized testing without compromising our focus on a progressive curriculum that fosters critical and creative thinking skills. We know this approach is successful. Over the past ten years, several Sparhawk students have been honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their outstanding PSAT scores.

College Matriculation

Below is a list of some of the colleges and universities that our students have either been accepted to, or chosen to attend for the past three years.