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College CounselingKent Denver's College Counseling Office supports and empowers our students in exploring who they are and expressing their individual identities and lived experiences.

With this in mind, we strive to present them and their families with a diverse array of post-secondary options and pathways. We celebrate their stories, individuality and personal choices.Kent Denver's College Counseling program empowers students to find the appropriate next step for their continued education and lifelong learning through a process of self-reflection, research and exploration of options. We work together with students and parents to guide students in the process of finding schools that will further develop their academic and personal growth.

College counselors guide students through all aspects of the college search and application process, from researching colleges to developing appropriate college lists, and from completing applications to writing essays and applying for financial aid. We know the college search and application process can be both daunting and exciting. And while parents, guardians and college counselors play an important role in the process, it is ultimately the student who drives the college search.

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College Profile

Learn more about Kent Denver in our 2023–24 College Profile

Class of '24 Matriculations

Our 2024 graduates attended 73 colleges and universities!

I think for most Kent Denver students, it is liberating to know that the student is in control of their own college applications. Kent DenverAlum

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The Kent Denver Approach

We offer comprehensive and time-appropriate programming for students and parents throughout their four years in the Upper School. Every student is on their own path, and our programming will ensure that they are engaging in the college search when they need to be. Students are expected to be active participants in the College Counseling program.

  • 9th Grade
9th Grade
  • January program on how to take advantage of all that Kent Denver offers, from academic to non-academic opportunities
  • Optional: Meet with a college counselor to talk about course selection
  • 10th Grade
10th Grade
  • Get assigned a college counselor at the beginning of the year
  • Spring program: Perspectives on the College Search—introducing a multitude of college options
  • One-on-one meetings with assigned college counselor
  • Course selection guidance
  • Two college counseling seminar sessions (one in the fall and one in the spring)—introduction to college counseling, course selection, etc.
  • Practice PSAT & guidance regarding SAT or ACT testing
  • Periodic parent presentations/Q&A
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  • 11th Grade
  • Spring semester seminar that begins with introspection/self-reflection and covers researching colleges, finding fit, building a college list, selecting and asking teacher recommenders, creating a Common App account, brainstorming & drafting essays, etc.
  • Introduction to college planning software 
  • PSAT, practice ACT & guidance regarding individual testing plan
  • One-on-one meetings with assigned college counselor
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  • 12th Grade
  • Six college counseling seminar sessions on various aspects of the college application process, including interviews, gap year, scholarships/financial aid, application platforms, etc.
  • One-on-one meetings with assigned college counselor to review college list; workshop/revise essays
  • Receive support and guidance in all aspects of preparing and submitting applications
  • Individual college list review with college counselor
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  • Ongoing
  • Periodic conversations with College Admission Deans
  • Standardized Testing Presentation
  • College Funding Presentations
  • Consultation about playing college athletics in collaboration with KDS Athletic Department
  • Portfolio Day with Art schools

Meet Our College Counselors

Kent Denver's four, full-time professional college counselors are exceptional educators with extensive experience advising and working with high school students. They are invested in helping students navigate the college admissions process with confidence.

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