School counselors at Foxcroft Academy work with a wide range of students every day of the week. While interacting with and learning more about their students, each counselor can tailor an approach that helps advance individual students to their next level of success. Here are the questions that counselors have in mind when assisting students: What are their strengths? Who are they as individuals? What are their post-secondary plans?
Each student at Foxcroft Academy has a dedicated school counselor. They help pave the pathway to success, understanding that the student is in control of their academic journey. As incoming ninth-grade students, counselors help guide students through a significant transition year in their young lives. As sophomores, counselors start to zero in on skills, abilities, and career understanding. That sets up students for college and post-secondary planning during their final two years of high school.
In addition to academic work, your school counselor can be a trusted voice and a lending ear. If you are having trouble in an educational setting, with a peer group, on the bus, at home, or wherever, your counselor can help you with coping mechanisms and other resources to make your situation better. Our counselors know their students, and they want what is best for you. You are never alone on your journey at Foxcroft Academy.
Meet Your Foxcroft Academy School Counselors
Day students with last names beginning with A – La are assigned to Kandi Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Day students with last names beginning with Lb – Z are assigned to Laura Mallett
Boarding students can contact the Counseling Services Office Manager, Jennifer Dunton, (email@example.com) to be connected with their assigned counselor.
Students may seek assistance from Jennifer Dunton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What will your four years with your counselor look like?
First-year students are primarily guided through adapting to the changes from middle school to high school. Students meet with their advisors on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. They are also required to take a one-semester course, Intro to Jobs for Maine Graduates, which introduces all students to the decisions they will be making as they progress through high school. This course includes researching careers that match their interests, the paths to those careers, and personal finance.
For students interested in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) program, there is a seminar they can take to learn more about it. With assistance from counselors, the advisors assist the 9th-grade students with identifying the appropriate courses to achieve their postsecondary goals. First-year students also take the PSAT to become familiar with the testing process.
As students transition into 10th grade, advisory meetings and counselor assistance are the students’ aptitude, interests, and post-secondary objectives. This is when students begin to focus on their transcripts and what they need. The sophomores also take the PSAT, increasing familiarity with the test. In the spring, sophomores meet with their counselor to begin discussion of post-secondary plans. Students with a continued desire to enter the IB program in grade 11 take an additional seminar. The advisors, with assistance from counselors and teacher recommendations, assist the 10th graders with choosing courses, making sure they meet graduation requirements and courses that line up with their post-secondary goals.
11th grade is critical in the progression from high school to post-secondary success. This is when students have their Junior Conference with their counselors and are encouraged to form a list of potential schools that align with their goals. Juniors retake the PSAT in the fall, which places students in the running for merit related scholarships, and the scores are sent to post-secondary institutions. They have the opportunity to take an after school SAT Prep Course with FA faculty. The SAT is offered once in school, at no cost to the students, in the spring.
The advisors, with assistance from counselors and teacher recommendations, assist the 11th graders with choosing courses, making sure they are meeting graduation requirements and courses that line up with their post-secondary goals.
The final stretch, senior year, is when counselors assist students with the full application process, giving students to-do lists during their monthly Senior Conferences. Students narrow their lists of potential post-secondary institutions, work on essays, and receive help with scholarship searches and applications. Students who wish to have additional assistance and editing of their essays get help from the Student Writing Center and FA Librarians.
2015-2019 College Acceptances:
Students from the Classes of 2015-2019 received acceptance letters from 77 schools ranked in the top 100 of the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, including Northwestern University, Cornell University, Smith College, Georgetown University, Bucknell University, Emory University, University of California at Berkeley, MIT, USC, UCLA, University of Virginia, UNC – Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Boston College, and Boston University. Click here for a full list.
Post Secondary Application Resources
College Search: Visit www.collegeboard.org, click on “Students,” and create a free account. Make sure you remember the username and password you create because you will be using this same account throughout your high school career to do college searches, register for the SAT, and even send your SAT scores to colleges. Having more than one College Board account is problematic!!!
College Entrance Exams: Many colleges and universities require standardized test scores as part of the application process. Additional information about the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and TOEFL is available. Contact Mrs. Dunton for more information about registering for the TOEFL Exams administered at Foxcroft Academy.
You may access test prep for the PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ASVAB through the Testing Center portal in the Foxcroft Academy library database. Type in “ponies” for the password, click on “College Prep Tools,” and select the test you’d like to prepare for. For the Military ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), click on “Career Tools” and choose Military ASVAB.
College Applications: The Common Application is used by 500 colleges and universities across the United States. You can complete one Common Application and submit it to up to 20 schools. Please speak with your guidance counselor about supplements and teacher recommendations.
College Fairs & Admissions Representatives: In the fall, Foxcroft Academy hosts a college fair with dozens of colleges and universities represented. Throughout the year, admissions representatives from schools around the country visit FA to conduct interviews and informational sessions. In addition to meeting representatives at Foxcroft Academy, there are opportunities for you to visit schools in Maine, Boston, and New York City.
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or create a CSS profile. Complete an extensive profile at either www.scholarships.com or www.fastweb.com, and scholarship information will be emailed to you regularly! (There is no need to complete profiles on both–just choose one.) Also, be on the lookout as several in-house scholarship opportunities become available in the spring.
Current students may request a transcript by completing a Transcript Request Form. Completed forms must be returned to the student’s assigned counselor.
Students must complete a Student Data Sheet to request a letter of recommendation from a counselor.
Students must complete 36 hours of community service to fulfill the community service graduation requirement. Fill out a Community Service Form to submit hours.
Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center for Prospective Athletes to learn about eligibility requirements for Division I and II athletes. (Division III athletes don’t need to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse.)
Upward Bound is a program based out of the University of Maine. The Upward Bound program provides academic support to FA students during the school year and an intense six-week educational experience during the summer. Some of the services provided by this program include, but are not limited to, fee waivers on major exams like the SAT, free tutoring during high school, assistance in the college applications process, and information on post-secondary educational opportunities. Students interested in this program will need to complete the application and interview process. Visit the Counseling Services office for more information.