Spring Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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College Counseling

With an emphasis on engagement and collaboration, the College Counseling Office (CCO) seeks to share its collective wisdom and experience with students and parents to best position each student for success after Andover. Our team approach to counseling is one of the unique strengths of the office, providing all students with multiple points of input on their process.

Despite the many challenges brought about by COVID-19, the CCO remains committed to working with students and parents to guide them through the college admission process.

The most effective way to work with students is via one-on-one synchronous meetings. The CCO has continued to hold synchronous meetings with counselees this past spring, and will continue to do so throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, regardless of whether a student is living on or off campus. Additionally, we will continue to monitor changes in the college admission process and work closely with our college and university colleagues to adjust our procedures as necessary.

Six Life Skills

The CCO strives to provide a well-informed and thoughtful process for students and families. This process includes guiding students toward an understanding of six life skills that we feel are essential for success not only in the college admission process, but also more broadly in life.

  • Self-Reflection
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Adults
  • Managing with a Public Process
  • Developing an Anti-Racist Lens

For Seniors

As we did this past spring, our counselors will continue to meet synchronously with students this coming academic year to help them navigate the college admission process. The CCO will supplement these meetings with a growing video library of specialty topics (arts, athletics, colleges and universities outside of the U.S., financial aid, etc.), group meetings, and webinars.

In mid-June, the CCO sent personalized letters to each senior outlining work that had been done to date. The letter included a to-do list (research, narrowing down their list of colleges, essays, portfolio creation, etc.) for the summer months. Seniors were also invited to a webinar on June 18 with six college admission deans from various schools across the country, who discussed the current admission landscape. A recording of the webinar can be found on The Hive.

Additionally, the CCO will provide the following services for seniors:

  • Individual meetings with CCO counselors this fall will continue discussions on different aspects of the application, essays, the student’s list of schools, and on organizing an application plan, including the use of early action and early decision options.
  • Support with financial aid forms, dates, and deadlines
  • Regular opportunities to meet with college admission colleagues this fall to help families better understand the latest updates to the college admission process during this unpredictable time.

    For Younger Students

    The CCO will continue regularly scheduled programming for uppers and lowers adjusting to fit changing circumstances as necessary. Additionally, we will continue to partner with the Dean of Studies Office and academic advisors to provide students with guidance and oversight. All of these activities are possible both remotely and in person.


    • The college admission process begins in the fall for uppers and their families. Stay tuned for more information.
    • Each upper will be assigned a CCO counselor and given access to Naviance in December. CCO meetings start in January 2021.
    • The winter and spring program for uppers includes a minimum of four one-on-one meetings, group events, and focus group activities in specific areas such as arts, theater, music, athletics, colleges and universities outside the U.S., etc.


      • The primary goal for lowers is to become familiar with the CCO staff who will help them best approach their lower year.
      • Lowers will work with advisors to help support their academic path at Andover.
      • Lowers will meet with their academic advisors three times throughout the school year in groups.