Ransom Everglades’ College Counseling Office offered a host of opportunities in October to help RE students and parents navigate the college process. College counselors worked with seniors as they put the finishing touches on their college applications during a pair of Submit-a-thons as early deadlines neared in late October; upper school parents, meanwhile, received an insider’s look at financing college during an insightful virtual meeting with the Director of Financial Aid from Williams College.
Throughout the month, Director of College Counseling Lew Stival met with families during virtual evening drop-in hours. Through its Association of Independent Miami Schools partnership, RE also hosted more than 200 colleges and universities for virtual visits in September and October, and RE's college counselors continued with frequent student and family meetings.
During RE’s two parent-teacher conference days on October 19 and 26, the college counseling office worked individually on the senior deck with members of the Class of 2021, reviewing their applications and sounding a gong each time a student pressed “submit."
On October 29, RE parents logged in to hear from Ashley Bianchi from Williams College; during an hour-long webinar, she explained the various types of financial aid; the difference between need-aware and need-blind institutions; and provided details on the two common aid applications: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile. She also helped parents understand the elements that go into determining how much families can contribute to their children’s educations, and explained outside financing sources.
Besides Stival, RE's college counseling office includes Daniel Creasy and Claudia Jolivert, senior associate directors; Aleny Garcia, associate director; Roger Caron, coordinator of student-athlete college recruitment; Dr. John A. King, associate head of school and college counselor; and Terry Giffen, college counseling consultant.
Upper school families can find more information on the college process on the college counseling resources page.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.