Kingsbury College Counseling: Transition and Career Studies Education
At Kingsbury, we are committed to supporting students as they take on the roles and responsibilities of adulthood by helping them prepare for independent living, future careers and post-secondary educational options. To that end, all Kingsbury Upper School students earn two academic credit units in Transition Classes over the course of the four-year program.
Kingsbury’s Upper School is a diploma program and 100% of Kingsbury graduates who apply to college are accepted into college.
Personal Awareness: Students learn about their individual education plans and what they entail; attend planning educational meetings; and investigate community service opportunities.
Career Exploration: Students explore careers and make self-assessments to better understand their personal skills and interests. Problem-solving and team building skills are strengthened. Students also study money management and how to apply for summer programs.
Transition: Each student researches and presents findings on a career of their choice following a specific rubric. A planning project helps students understand who they are and visualize where they are headed. Students also prepare for the SAT/ACT tests and conduct preliminary research into colleges, which they then present to classmates.
College Prep and Financial Planning: During the fall of Senior year students apply to colleges and are provided with support through the entire process. Time is built into the schedule for students to meet with the College Counselor to help them choose schools and stay organized. Kingsbury’s College Counselor holds monthly meetings with the parents of Seniors to provide information and offer further support in the process. During the second semester of Senior year, students begin working on independent living skills, including resume preparation, writing cover letters, completing job applications and practicing interview techniques. Students also learn about bill-paying, budgeting, credit, banking and other skills they will need to become financially responsible adults.