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College counseling

Dedicated to finding a best-fit college.

Our College Counseling team dedicates their time to providing individualized attention to each student as they navigate the challenges of high school and the college application process. Through various assessments and meetings with the students and their parents, our counselors help students enroll at colleges where they will mature and emerge to lead productive and satisfying lives. Our counselors take pride in matching a student to colleges that meet the student’s unique profile.

Starting in the freshman year, our Assistant Director for Early Upper School Success meets with students to help ease the transition to high school and learn more about their interests. These interactions also offer students information on the multitude of opportunities available to them to gain real-world experience and discover more about themselves. This guidance continues throughout sophomore year.

In the junior and senior years, students and their parents meet regularly with one of our four College Counselors to gain a deeper understanding of the student’s needs and aspirations. They also help the student stay on task in terms of taking entrance exams, encouraging college visits, and continuing to immerse themselves in opportunities to help build a favorable student profile.

College is a match to be made not a prize to be won.

Meet the Team

Josh Greenwald
Director of College Counseling

Stacy Penkala
Associate Director of College Counseling and AP Coordinator

Andrew Callery
Assistant Director of College Counseling

Judith Stahl
Assistant Director of College Counseling

Annie Gordon Thomas ('06)
Assistant Director for Early Upper School Success

Stephanie Fradeneck
Assistant Director of Application Management, Testing & Technology

Julie Jackson
Administrative Assistant


college nights

The team hosts grade specific information nights for parents and students to go over the critical milestones important for the given year. 


Counselors and guest speakers conduct workshops relevant to the specific grade level and covering topics such as internships, essay writing, interview skills, and more!

college representatives

Each year DCDS hosts over 120 college representatives to inform our students and build working relationships with our counselors.

individualized appointments

Students and parents work closely with their college counselor to address concerns, decide on priorities, and develop a plan for the college admissions process. 

informational coffees 

The College Counseling office hosts a series of coffees open to all Upper School parents to provide extra information and resources to assist with the entire college process.

Experienced professionals

All of our counselors hold master's degrees and have worked on both sides of the college admissions process and have a combined experience of over 95 years!