College & University Counseling
The college and university counselor’s role at NIS is to facilitate learning about career and university options for both students and families. From assessing personality traits and interests, compiling transcripts and letters of recommendation, to mailing away applications to universities, the counselor plays an important role in helping students and families make choices about future paths.
Students are introduced to ideas of work and careers in elementary and middle school. During high school, students are asked to consult with the counselor to determine an individualized path through the IB Diploma Programme and into the best-fit university for them. The goal is for each student to gain acceptance to the school that matches their interest and personality. Through individual meetings with students, family information sessions, and of course online and paper resources, each family is helped to prepare for the application process.
NIS has adopted Naviance software as a way for stakeholders to gather information for university applications. Family Connection in Naviance is where students can search for universities, compare themselves to previous NIS graduates, and take personality/career assessments. Teachers post recommendations to Naviance and the counselor can send electronic application documents to schools. Every student and parent has a Naviance account during their high school years.
The counselor encourages students to assess their ambitions and pursue their dreams. The NIS curriculum is designed to give as much freedom to choose between courses as we can, and families are encouraged to allow their children to pursue their talents. The IBDP program is a rigorous academic program that is attractive to admissions offices at any school, and a student that prepares well will have their choice of desirable places to study beyond NIS.