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AISK-AIM College Counseling

AIM Educational Services is a private provider of college and graduate school placement services. AISK retains the services of AIM to provide an institutional College Counseling service to AISK students, a relationship that has existed and yielded excellent results. 

The AISK-AIM College Counseling team is lead by AIM founder, Nicole McLaren Campbell who is responsible for group meetings and workshops.  Stephanie Barrett, a former undergraduate turned Admission Counselor at Bard College and Kristina Philpotts-Brown, a graduate of Princeton University with over 5 years of experience in college counseling, are AISK’s designated college counselors. They lead the 11th Grade group class and conduct individual meetings with students and parents according to the outlined schedule.

Applying to college Is a student-driven process, underscored by the fact that colleges/university admissions offices prefer to, and in some cases will only, communicate directly with students supported by parents with the counselors operating in an advisory capacity.


The College Counseling Program is designed to equip students and parents with the knowledge to make strong decisions regarding the student's academic and extra-curricular development in preparation for college.

The counselor provides guidance to students to identify their goals and interests, manage the admission process and make informed decisions about higher education. Each student controls the self-evaluation, research and writing essential to success in the process. Our goal is to give students time to explore their options and consider their interests and priorities. Our hope is that what is considered by many to be an anxiety-ridden process can instead be one of self-discovery for the student and growth - for the entire family!

 

NICOLE CAMPBELL
COLLEGE COUNSELOR 
ncampbell@aisk.com

Grade 8


Spring

Parent & Student group meeting


Let's Look Ahead

During this meeting, we will discuss high school expectations as it relates to the Grades 9-12 college prep years and the importance of becoming involved on and off campus in order to explore interests.

Grades 9


Fall

Parent/Student group meeting


Your 4-Year Pre-College Game Plan Begins Now

Students and parents will receive an overview of the global university admissions process along with a discussion about the cost of college, the 4-year timeline, and an action plan to maximize high school. Parents will also be introduced to the AISK College Counseling Program powered by AIM.

Grade 10


Fall

45 minutes

Parent/Student group meeting

Your College, Your Future

Spring

25 minutes

Parent/Student group introduction to 1-1 Parent / Student Meeting

IB Course Selection and College Options

Spring

30 minutes

1-1 Individual Parent / Student Meeting

Course Selection and Your Interests, and College Plan

Looking Ahead: Your College, Your Future

Counselors will recap of the university admissions process, update the 3-year timeline, and discuss standardized testing and college affordability. Parents and students will also receive information on pre-requisite IB level courses based on interest/major/career path.

IB Course Selection and College Options

As part of the IB Subject Selection Evening, college counselor will make a presentation to parents and students learn how to choose their best fit course of study based on a planned location of study for college, goals, capacity, and interests. Counselors will be available to discuss students’ selections/decisions.

Course Selection and Your Interests, and College Plan

College counselor will meet with student and parents in order to discuss college plan and course plan in the context of college aspirations.

Grade 11

AISK College Counseling's goals in working with Grade 11 students include:

  • introduction to the AISK College Counseling Program, standardized testing, our electronic college application management system, college visits and fairs

  • clear communication of what is at stake, global tertiary education options and drivers in the college admissions process globally. As an International School it is important for students to understand the options available to them globally.

  • to empower students and parents with the information they need to thoughtfully consider their interests, goals and needs through conversations with counselors that commence in the Fall.

Fall

60 minutes

Parent / Student Group Meeting

Ready, Set Go

Fall

45 minutes

1 on 1 Parent / Student Meeting

Your Custom College Application Plan I

Spring

12x45 minutes

‘College Mini-Series” required for all students

College Mini-Series

Spring

60 minutes

College Evening parents only - required

Inside the Admissions Office

Spring

60 minutes

1 on 1 Parent / Student Meeting

Your Custom College Application Plan II

READY, SET, GO

Grade 11 is the last year of high school that students fully complete before colleges make decisions based on their applications. As such, admissions officers will most heavily scrutinize students’ Grade 11 academic and extra-curricular profile. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce students and parents to the Grade 11-12 College Counseling Program at AISK,  share expectations and requirements and remind students and their parents of the main drivers in the admissions process.

Your Custom College Application Plan

The purpose of this meeting is to create a personalized college application plan by discussing students’ interests and goals in the process, parental concerns, colleges costs and financial planning for college (where necessary), and suggest extracurricular development opportunities including summer activities. College Counselors will share requirements/checklist for college applications based on the students’ country of interest.

College Mini-Series

  • Sessions 1-3 Writing an Effective Personal Statement
  • Sessions 4-6 Understanding How to Find Your Best Fit College
  • Sessions 7-8  Tackling College Applications - Creating a Stellar UCAS / Common App / OUAC
  • Sessions 9-10 The Keys to Writing your BEST Supplements
  • Session 11 Using our Electronic College App Management System
  • Session 12 Financial Aid 101 & Merit Scholarships (Parents Invited)

Inside the Admissions Office

We take parents inside the Admissions Office using case studies of real students and feedback from colleges on universities. We discuss the college application process from the perspective of college admissions counselors. Parents leaved with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of why colleges make the decisions they do.

Your Custom College Application Plan II

During this meeting, we review your Grade 11 progress including curricular and extracurricular updates, tips on college visits, summer plan, standardized testing updates, and further steps. We will also discuss the list of schools you’d like to apply to.

Grade 12

Fall

1-1 Parent / Student Meeting

Fall

5 Student Advisory sessions

Fall

2 Work Sessions

Fall

Parent Advisory session

If and when students are finished their applications they may not be required to attend any further sessions - this notification will be provided, in writing, and via email to parents and the HS Principal.


1-1 Parent/Student Meeting with Counselor 

During this meeting, we expect to:
  • finalize college list
  • review Action Plan and know all that is needed to stay on track to successful application submission
  • discuss Financial Aid forms/ requirements/checklist (if applicable)

School Advisory Sessions

 

Application Completion

During this session students work on applications with support from the College Counseling Team.

College Essay Final Look, and Supplement help!

During this session, the counselor will read your essays and provide feedback for the completion of your work leading up to our Oct 10 submission deadline.

The Finishing Touches

Put the final touches on your applications, essays, and supplements (and send them!)  with support from the College Counseling Team

Are they all in?

A check in to ensure that you’ve submitted your applications, sent all your scores and all the information in Naviance is updated.

Final Check in w/ Parents and Students

You will sign off on where your teacher recommendations have been sent, receive final reminders and checklist for your follow up.


Work Sessions

In addition to our Group Advisory sessions, there will be multiple work sessions available, leading up to the October 10 internal deadline, students are able to book these sessions based on their schedules.



Faculty

NICOLE CAMPBELL - JAMAICA

Nicole Campbell has successfully guided students from all over the world through the college preparation and application processes for the past 5 years. A graduate of Phillips Academy 'Andover' and Princeton University, Nicole has been an alumni interviewer and recruiter for both institutions. She holds a Masters degree and is passionate about empowering students, motivating them and helping them to grow in confidence. A believer in ‘college fit’, Nicole encourages students to reflect on who they are as they navigate the admissions process. 

 

STEPHANIE BARRETT - JAMAICA

Stephanie Barrett graduated from Bard College in 2012 with a BA in psychology, as well as a Globalization and International Affairs certificate. Stephanie has always had a passion for education. However, her dedication to the field began as an undergraduate when she worked at her school's admission office as an Admission Assistant and Tour Guide. After graduating, Stephanie spent 3 years as an Admissions Counselor in the Bard College admissions office, where she evaluated thousands of applications from students all over the world. She brings to AIM real-world experience and sense of what makes an application compelling in competitive situations. Passionate about student success, Stephanie is fulfilled by helping students find their right fit college and maximize their potential in the admissions process. She is also an SAT Verbal Tutor and the fearless leader of our Reading Club. 

 

KRISTINA PHILPOTTS BROWN - JAMAICA

Kristina graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English. Deeply passionate about equality and social justice, her research at Princeton focused on the connections between marginalized populations, social mobility, and organized crime in both American and Caribbean literature. Trained in college counseling by her mentor Nicole Campbell, Kristina has already worked with hundreds of students to achieve their academic and career goals. To get the best results for her students, Kristina focuses on helping to convey each student’s narrative in the most unique and compelling way. An avid reader and enthusiastic storyteller, she specializes in helping students to craft introspective, creative, and intimate personal essays that represent their best selves in applications to competitive universities and colleges worldwide.

 

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