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College Counseling

Our goal is to help all students enroll at colleges where they will prosper, and emerge prepared to lead a productive and satisfying life. With a noted history of 100 percent four-year college placement, our admission rates to the most selective colleges, including the Ivy League, are significantly above the state and national averages. Our pride is in the successful matching of each student to colleges that meet his or her unique goals, needs and criteria.

College counseling begins in freshman year, as we assist students in identifying their academic, extracurricular and personal strengths.  We believe early high school success is the foundation for an overall positive school experience while setting the foundation for a smooth transition to college.

All of our counselors hold master's degrees and have worked in both collegiate and high school settings, bringing the valuable perspectives and experiences of both sides of the college admissions process to our students. Active in state, regional and national professional associations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), College Board and American College Testing in addition to serving on a number of university advisory boards, our counselors stay on top of the latest college information, technology and trends.

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Freshman & Sophomore Activities & Services

  • Freshman College Night - An overview of programs and services available to freshman and an outline of our four-year college-counseling plan.
  • Individualized Meetings - Counselor meets with students and parents to provide suggestions and guidance to assist in building a strong academic and curricular profile.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - This is a voluntary assessment that, based on student responses, indicates personality preferences and values that may assist students in understanding their learning and work styles and how they interact with others.
  • Campbell Interest and Skill Survey - Also a voluntary assessment that may assist a student in learning how his/her skills and interests relate to collegiate studies and careers.
  • Workshops - Our counselors and guest speakers will present workshops of particular interest to our freshman and sophomore to enhance their academic and overall school experience, including time management, study skills, test-taking strategies and more.
  • Email Communications - Timely email communications are sent on topics, activities, and opportunities that would be of interest to freshman, sophomores, and their parents.
  • Summer Programs and Opportunities - We try to assist students in identifying various educational, artistic, athletic and service programs to enhance their educational and personal lives.
  • PSAT & Practice ACT - A PSAT and practice ACT is given to Freshman and Sophomore students during the school to help prepare them for taking the SAT and/or ACT.

Junior Year Activities & Services

  • Junior College Night - College preparation and planning takes on a more significant role in the lives of our junior students.  Guest speakers from nationally recognized colleges and universities are invited to share information about the college selection, application and admission process.  A useful Junior College Counseling Handbook, developed specifically for our students, will be provided at this program.
  • Junior Appointments - Students and their parents work closely with their college counselor on developing appropriate criteria for selecting colleges.  This ongoing interaction will cover college selection, college entrance testing, college visits, special interests such as performing arts, fine arts and athletic pursuits, application process, essay writing, financial information, and scholarships.
  • Workshops - Focus on topics that will be of special interest to juniors include: how to plan a successful college visit, DCDS college alumni panels - the real perspective on college life, the admissions committee case studies of college applications and admission decisions, summer programs, college essay writing and college athletic eligibility.
  • PSAT- Repeated in the junior year, the October PSAT is an excellent tool for preparing for college entrance exams, the SAT and/or ACT, in the second half of the junior year.  This test may also qualify top scoring students for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Email Communications - Timely email communications are sent on topics, activities, and opportunities that would be of interest to juniors.
  • Summer Programs and Opportunities - During the summer of the junior year, many of our students use this special time to explore opportunities offered at many colleges across the country as well as other programs internationally.

Senior Year Activities & Services

  • Senior College Night -This important event reviews a wide range of information regarding the college application process.  The tactical, practical and personal aspects of applying to college will be reviewed.  
  • Senior Appointments- One-on-one and family college counseling continues throughout the year, directed by the needs of the student.
  • Visiting College Representatives - Over one hundred college representatives visit during the fall semester to share information and answer student questions.
  • Email Communications - Timely email communications are sent on topics, activities, and opportunities that would be of interest to seniors.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Research and Assistance - Help locating and determining eligibility.
  • Workshops - Focused on essay writing, college interview skills, financial aid, senior transition and college life, among other important topics.
  • Personalized Letter of Recommendation - Prepared by each student's college counselor highlighting the student's unique accomplishments, special talents and other important information to assist colleges in knowing the strengths and unique characteristics of the student.

College Acceptances and Placement Profiles

Every Detroit Country Day School graduate earns acceptance at the finest four-year colleges and universities around the world, including but not limited to:

  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University
  • MIT
  • New York University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • University of Saint Andrews-Scotland
  • University of Southern California
  • Stanford University
  • UCLA
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University
View College Placement Profiles for 2013 through 2016



The College Counseling Team

director of college counseling Anne Sandoval

Anne Sandoval

Director of College Counseling

 assoc. director college counseling stacy penkala

Stacy Penkala

Assistant Director of College Counseling

assoc. director college counseling josh greenwald

Joshua Greenwald

Assistant Director of College Counseling

early high school success cheryl sullivan

Cheryl Sullivan

Coordinator, Early High School Success

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Preschool 3 & 4
3003 West Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Phone: 248.430.2887
Grades K-2
3600 Bradway Boulevard
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Phone: 248.430.2740 
Grades 3-8
22400 Hillview Lane
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Phone: 248.430.3566/1677
Grades 9-12
22305 West 13 Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Phone: 248.646.7717

Detroit Country Day School is a private, independent, co-educational, non-denominational, preschool through grade 12 college preparatory school focused on a well-rounded liberal arts education. Emphasis on academics, arts, athletics, and character development is prevalent across the curriculum. The school admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. 

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