The Crossroads Experience
Upper School

College Counseling

Our Mission

We are deeply committed to sustaining a culture that celebrates academic achievement of students while promoting the pursuit of their multiple passions. We strive to make a connection with each individual student. We get to know them and explore with them all of the different opportunities that exist for post-secondary life. We believe that by providing personal and individualized guidance through the college admission process, we help students develop an authentic sense of themselves: their strengths, their areas for growth and what really drives them to get up in the morning and come to school. Together, we create realistic goals so students can take advantage of all the opportunities available at Crossroads and in the community at large. We are committed to inspiring students and guiding them through the process of deciding what to study, where to study, whether or not they will even go straight to college and how to get into the right-fit college.

College Counseling

Process & Timeline

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  • Freshman Year

    Ninth grade is a time for you to adjust to being in high school. Crossroads is unlike any other high school, so give your best effort and enjoy yourself a little!

    Explore Your Passions and Interests
    What do you love to do? What makes you curious?
    • Consider joining a club or an athletic team at Crossroads. Also, try art, drama or music.
    • Think about issues that you care about when choosing a community service project. If you are not sure, then try something that seems interesting and see if you enjoy it.

    Time Management
    • Find a balance between school, sports, extracurricular activities, community involvement, arts, friends and family.
    • Find time for fun, rest and relaxation.

    • Find time to meet with your teachers. (They love it when students come to them and show interest in their courses.)
    • Talk with your advisor if you have questions or concerns about your academic and extracurricular endeavors. 

    Now is the time to find a safe place to keep all of your important items, including:
    • Major projects for which you earned a good grade, including papers, group projects, posters, etc.
    • Projects from arts, music and drama that you might want to include in a portfolio.
    • A list of links to any performance and/or athletic reels.
    • Grade report cards.
    • Awards and other accolades (academic, athletic, arts, summer camp, community service, religious, etc.)

    For a full outline of our college process and timeline for freshmen and sophomores, go here

  • Sophomore Year

    Continue building the skills highlighted in ninth grade. Try new things, continue to explore your interests and passions and take on some new challenges.
    • Cultivate relationships with your teachers. Practice advocating for yourself by communicating with your teachers whenever you have questions.  
    • In the spring, meet with your advisor to go over your curriculum for 11th grade.
    • Think about how you might want to spend your summer between 10th and 11th grades. Pursue the things that inspire and fascinate you. Do what you want, not what you think colleges want to see you doing. Colleges want authentic students.
    • Visit local schools such as USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Occidental and Caltech to see what it’s like to be on a college campus.

    For a full outline of our college process and timeline for freshmen and sophomores, go here

  • Junior Year

    Continue focusing on your courses as well as your extracurricular activities. Explore your interests more deeply.
    • Meet your college counselor in December or January to talk about your future plans.
    • Think about what you can do over the coming months that can help you figure out your true passions and interests.
    • Review practice ACT/SAT results with your college counselor and plan for future tests.
    • Think about summer plans; pick something to do that you will enjoy.
    • Attend local college fairs and take time over spring break to tour a few colleges.

    For a full outline of our college process and timeline for juniors and seniors, go here

  • Senior Year

    Continue to focus on your coursework at Crossroads. (Avoid senioritis!) This is a brief overview; see the internal link for a detailed timeline.
    • Attend the college application workshop at Crossroads.
    • Organize essays and applications in order of deadlines.
    • College visits: Sign up for college representative presentations at Crossroads, including some schools you’re unfamiliar with! Visit colleges in mid-October.
    • Meet with your college counselor. Review your list and decide if you want to apply early anywhere. 

    • Early decision (ED) application deadlines: Nov. 1 and Nov. 15.
    • University of California and California State University deadlines: Nov. 30.
    • Deadlines for scholarships and arts programs: Dec. 1 or earlier (typically at least a month before regular decision deadlines).
    • Regular decision application deadlines: Jan. 1-Feb. 15.

    For a full outline of our college process and timeline for juniors and seniors, go here

College Counseling

Meet the Team

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  • Art McCann

    Dean of College Counseling
  • Rosanna Llorens

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
  • Brianna Shepard

    Associate Dean of College Counseling
  • Carole Rosner

    Administrative Assistant

Alumni Spotlight

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  • Jenelle Hall '05

    Clinical Pharmacist in Neurology and Rheumatology
    “Crossroads creates experiences to help you think outside the box, rather than just memorize facts or pass standardized tests. These experiences and thought processes continue to shape my approach to patient care.”

    Alumni Profiles