College Counseling at PHA


In keeping with Prospect Hill Academy’s mission to prepare each student for success in college, the college counseling office offers students the structure, information, and support to understand and successfully navigate the college selection, application, and financial aid processes.

Once in the high school, starting in 9th grade, students begin taking the PSAT exams yearly, in order to familiarize themselves with the test style and format and to establish a projected SAT performance. Students who require additional academic support meet with their advisor to establish personal goals and implement study strategies to promote future success. Ninth and tenth grade families are encouraged to attend college-focused evening meetings that inform families about the college application process, financial aid, and how to help their child prepare for college. Students in grades 9 and 10 will also receive college prep information through specially designed Advisory lessons, delivered by a college counselor.

Juniors and seniors meet with a college counselor in small groups once a week during College Prep, a class that focuses on key elements of the college process, including essay and resume writing, interviewing skills, financial aid, and goal setting. Students are encouraged to visit college campuses and will be provided opportunities to attend scheduled visits and college fairs as opportunities arise. In the spring of junior year, students are assigned an individual college counselor and begin their individual essay writing process. Students are required to continue working on their college essays over the summer. To prepare students for success on the SAT, Prospect Hill Academy incorporates an intensive SAT preparation unit into the junior College Prep class, complemented by Khan Academy . Juniors receive 12 weeks of instruction to gear up for the March SAT test. Students are then expected to take the SAT one additional time, in May, June, August, or October.

In their senior year students are guided through the college process on a one-on-one basis with their college counselor. Students complete college applications and financial aid applications, sign up for interviews, and make final decisions about where they will attend school the following year. Parents/guardians are seen as key contributors to this process and are encouraged to arrange individual appointments with their son’s or daughter’s college counselor to discuss the college application process throughout the year.

Please contact Erin McElligott, Director of College and School Counseling 7-12, at [email protected] or 617-284-7923 with any questions, comments or concerns about the college counseling process.

Meet the College Counseling Team

Erin McElligott Allie Michels Leo Costa
Erin McElligott
Director of College and School Counseling, 7-12
[email protected]
Allie Michels
College Counselor
[email protected]
Leo Costa
College Counselor