An Independent Episcopal Day School for Ages 3 Through 12th Grade in Burlington, New Jersey

College Counseling

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Doane Academy's curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates for college and life.

To that end, the college counseling office guides each student through the process of identifying colleges and making the right match. This process can be fun, exciting, exhausting, educational, frustrating, and rewarding – and in many cases are all of these. Embracing the school’s mission that each student possesses a unique potential, it is this unique potential that guides the college process and makes it individual to each student. There are no given “right” colleges, just a right fit which aligns each student’s needs, talents, interests and aspirations. Through our College and Career Prep Classes for the junior and senior classes, the students are guided, counseled and encouraged throughout the process with the goal of having each student take the reins and find their own path to the school that best fits them.

We encourage families to begin thinking about life after Doane early. That said, we believe that it is important for families to balance the understandable desire to find the right college with the value of learning for its own sake.

From informal meetings beginning in 9th grade and continuing through our College and Career Prep Classes for the junior and senior classes, the students are guided, counseled and encouraged throughout the process with the goal of having each student take the reins and find their own path to the school that best fits them.


Director of College Counseling
Meghan Toomey


General Timelines

Although each person’s journey through the process is unique, we encourage students to consider the following timetable as they explore their future in our upper school.

Freshman Year

  • Take an appropriately challenging course load.
  • Do well in your classes.
  • Be an involved member of the community.
  • Pursue a passion.
  • Read on a regular basis, even when not assigned by school.
  • Get to know your college counselor.
  • In addition to enjoying your summer vacation, plan to do something constructive with your time.
  • Parents who have specific questions about summer opportunities, future course selections, and/or strategic approaches to standardized testing may request meetings with Mrs. Toomey.
  • The Road to College – A college info night with Mrs. Toomey in the spring.

Sophomore Year

  • Take an appropriately challenging course load.
  • Be an involved member of the community.
  • Continue pursuing your passions.
  • Parents who have specific questions about summer opportunities, future course selections, and/or strategic approaches to standardized testing may request meetings with Mrs. Toomey.
  • Take the SAT/ACT practice test (administered at Doane) in October.
  • College Counseling Class Meeting with Mrs. Toomey in February.
  • If a student has taken an AP Class, they should take the SAT Subject Test in May or June pertaining to that class.
  • Look at the list of senior college acceptances – whom do you know and where is he/she going?
  • In addition to enjoying your summer vacation, plan to do something constructive with your time: begin exploring college options; informally visit colleges; participate in a summer program, work, or pursue volunteer service.

Junior Year

  • September-January: Juniors should meet with at least 2 college representatives visiting Doane.
  • September: Prep for the PSAT.
  • October: Take the PSAT; parent workshop with Director of College Counseling; attend a College Fair.
  • January: Junior kick-off event for parents and students; take SAT or ACT.
  • January-March: Individual meetings with Mrs. Toomey.
  • March: Junior College and Career Prep Class; start the Common Application; begin formulating a college list.
  • April: Parent Meetings; ACT Test available to take.
  • May: Test Month! SAT, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, AP Exams.
  • June: SAT, SAT Subject tests and ACT Test Dates; athletes interested in playing Div I or Div II should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center; plan your college visits, summer work, volunteer service, or a summer program.
  • *All Juniors should take at least one SAT or ACT exam.

Summer Prior to Grade 12

  • College Visits and Interviews
  • Prepare Resume
  • Complete College Essay Draft
  • Narrow down your college list
  • Work/pursue a passion/volunteer
  • Meetings with Mrs. Toomey

  • Senior Year

    • September-January: Individual Meetings with Mrs. Toomey; College Visits and Interviews.
    • September: College and Career Prep Class; SAT and/or ACT test; finalize college list; parent workshop.
    • October: SAT/ACT/TOEFL tests; Early Action/Decision applications completed.
    • November: SAT & SAT Subject Tests; Early Action/Decision deadlines
    • December: All applications due to Mrs. Toomey; SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT; Early Action/Early Decision reply date.
    • April: Traditional reply date for colleges.
    • May 1st: Acceptance and deposit due at one college only; AP testing.
    • May-June: Waitlist decisions begin.
    • June: Commencement; final transcript mailed to colleges.
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