college counseling

Summer Reading Recommendations: College Counseling

Posted on: May 16th, 2018

The college application and admissions process is a stressful one for both parents and students. One of the best ways to prepare for it is by getting as much knowledge before having to jump in. Academy’s College Counselor, Mrs. Deborah Pitcairn, has selected some of her favorite books on the topic of college admissions for […]


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11th Grader Roshan Warman Accepted into Prestigious MIT Summer Program

Posted on: March 8th, 2018

Roshan Warman ’19 has been accepted into the highly selective, prestigious Research Science Institute (RSI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this summer. The 6-week program, which accepts only 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students, begins on June 24 and runs through August 4. These candidates will participate in on-campus course work […]


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Four Academy Juniors Earn University of Rochester High School Awards

Posted on: May 9th, 2017

Director of College Counseling, Deborah Pitcairn nominated four Academy juniors for the University of Rochester High School Awards Program. All four students received the award for which they were nominated. Students who have earned this award, apply, and are accepted to the University of Rochester will be eligible to receive a scholarship to the school […]


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Four Academy Juniors Named Furman Scholars

Posted on: April 25th, 2017

Four Academy at the Lakes 11th Graders earned the Furman Scholars Award: SeungJin Park, Jack Passero, Lauren Rabbottini, and Jillian Skairus. Each honoree received a certificate during morning meeting on Tuesday, April 18. All nominees must be Juniors in High School and meet the following criteria: A genuine interest in an education in the liberal […]


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Letting Go: College Transition 101 for Parents [Part Three]

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

Words by Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn, Director of College Counseling “While students should be applying themselves seriously to their classes, it is important to realize that much of what is learned in college is what happens outside the classroom.” – Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge […]


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Letting Go: College Transition 101 for Parents [Part Two]

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

Words by Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn, Director of College Counseling During the first year of college students are separating from their parents and working to differentiate themselves as independent young adults. It is important to appreciate the challenges of their position and how much courage it takes to meet them. Common Challenges Students Face During the […]


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Letting Go: College Transition 101 for Parents [Part One]

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

Words by Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn, Director of College Counseling This time in the lives of our seniors and their families is exciting. And scary. The process of becoming an adult begins before seniors graduate and continues for several years. Adolescents must separate from the family and form their own identities in order to successfully mature […]


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Alumni Advice: How to Choose the Best College For You

Posted on: September 12th, 2016

Who better to give college search advice than those who have recently been through the decision-making process? In our Alumni Facebook group, we asked our alumni for their tips and advice they would give current high school students that are beginning the college search process. Below are the answers and personal experiences from our alumni. […]


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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn

Posted on: March 21st, 2016

Mrs. Debbie Pitcairn, Director of College Counseling and Registrar, is known for her expert guidance when it comes to the college admissions process. She has been sharing this knowledge and helping students find their perfect college fit for six years. “I’m in charge of scheduling all of our students,” said Mrs. Pitcairn. “When I’m doing […]


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College Advice from Academy Alumni

Posted on: January 13th, 2016

On Jan. 6, Academy at the Lakes seniors reunited with Wildcat alumni during Academy’s third annual alumni panel. Eight graduates met with the Class of 2016 to share their college experiences and to offer advice for Academy’s seniors on the cusp of graduation. Advice and experiences ranging from homesickness to roommate agreements were the topics […]


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