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Meet The Staff 
Key terms to know

Department Philosophy

The Department of College Guidance at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School (YOF) is a springboard to our students’ future.  Our mission is to work with each individual student and family to inform, educate and advise throughout the college search and application process.  
We are committed to facilitating the successful and appropriate transition for every student from YOF to post-secondary educational opportunities. Each student is encouraged to explore his or her own talents, strengths, and interests while considering the many possible educational opportunities available immediately following graduation.  These opportunities include: direct entrance to college or university, a year in Israel, service or volunteer experiences, other travel or work.  The department makes every effort to meet the unique needs of every student.

We firmly believe that there are no ‘best colleges’, rather that there are colleges that best meet the needs of individual students. The attention that each student receives from the College Guidance Counselor begins with the Academic Guidance program in ninth grade and continues all the way through graduation, and beyond.  This ongoing relationship enables students to identify their needs, talents and goals, and to find programs and colleges that truly fit each individual.   The Department of College Guidance works with students and families to address the five critical elements of the college search: Jewish Life, Geography, Academics, Personal Needs and Finances/Cost.

The college application process is a partnership among the student, the parents, and the Department of College Guidance.  Therefore, open communication and cooperation between all partners is essential.  The Department of College Guidance will help students and families to transform the challenge of applying to college into an exciting opportunity for success.

Department Statement

The Department of College Guidance at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School (YOF) is a four-year student-focused partnership.  

Beginning in ninth grade students are enrolled in the “Academic Guidance” class, taught by the College Guidance (CG) staff, which provides students with the skills and resources needed for success in high school, and ultimately in the college application process.  We work with tenth grade students on issues that include standardized testing and selecting appropriate elective courses for the remainder of high school.  The formal college search and application process begins in earnest for eleventh graders when we collaborate to identify each person’s distinctive potential and traits and the appropriate range of colleges.  We emphasize “fit” while encouraging each student to consider the five critical elements of the college search: Jewish Life, Geography, Academics, Personal Needs and Finances/Cost.  Near the end of eleventh grade we support students as they begin to draft their essays and plan visits to various colleges in order to help refine their college list.  At the start of twelfth grade, seniors will work on their applications, revise their essays, work with selected teachers on the recommendation letter process, and continue to visit their top-choice colleges. The department will work with each senior to compile and submit each application and related documents. 

Throughout their high school experience, Yeshivah of Flatbush students can enjoy full access to all members of our counseling staff.  We strive to help students plot their individual academic course in order to achieve their collegiate goals.

Cooperation with parents is essential to the process and we encourage and seek communication with families.  The college application process is truly a partnership among the student, the parents, and the Department of College Guidance.  Therefore, we are readily accessible to address any questions from students and parents.  In addition to family meetings, parents will have the opportunity to participate in a 4-year parent-centered programming in the form of annual grade-specific college guidance workshops.

In order to receive all of the most updated and current information and resources, it is critical for YOF parents to regularly visit our College Guidance website (click on ‘College Guidance’ on the left side of the high school home page) and to check the email accounts which are provided by the Yeshivah.  Technology is another critical component of this process and the Naviance Family Connection program is a valuable tool for student success.  Naviance is a web-based tool that helps all stakeholders develop plans, research and compare colleges, track deadlines, show college visit schedules, display Yeshivah of Flatbush-specific data on past college admissions, send and receive emails, and much, much more.  Beginning in eleventh grade, all students and parents receive a personal Naviance account with individualized college and application information.  Here too, it is essential for both parents and students to regularly check email and Naviance in order achieve the understanding necessary for a successful college application and admission process.