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College Guidance

OUR MISSION:
The Department of College Guidance at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School (YOF) is a springboard for our students’ futures. Our mission is to educate students and families about the nuances of college admission, advise students about appropriate higher education options that suit their individual needs and goals, and support and encourage students as they navigate the college application process.

OUR METHODS:
The Department is committed to supporting each student’s successful transition from YOF to post-secondary educational opportunities. Our team fosters an environment where students are encouraged to identify their own goals and passions and where they are provided with the tools to make informed and confident decisions about the next steps in their education. We offer the Flatbush community decades of professional experience in education and college admissions that allows us to provide valuable and timely advice to families and successfully help students present themselves to colleges in the most appropriate manner.

We believe that each student should be proactively engaged in self-reflection and evaluation and conduct thorough college-research in order to facilitate a match between the student and his or her goals. We strongly urge students to take ownership of the process and use this as an opportunity to learn valuable life skills, including effective communication, meeting deadlines, and confidently presenting themselves to others. Cooperation with parents is essential to the process and we welcome parental engagement during meetings and evening programming. We also encourage students to maintain open lines of communication with their parents about their post-secondary plans. Our dedicated faculty are also available to help students review their essays and to write recommendation letters for colleges and programs.

OUR PROGRAMS:
Students participate in college guidance programming beginning in ninth grade that aims to assist 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 in eleventh grade when students are assigned to individual college guidance counselors. We work to identify each student’s personal and academic goals, discuss testing plans, and establish a thoughtful prospective college list that consists of an appropriate range of colleges. We emphasize “fit” by 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 spring and summer visits to various campuses in order to refine their college lists. At the start of twelfth grade, seniors will continue to work on their applications, revise their essays, and continue to visit colleges for events and interviews. Seniors will also be invited to attend meetings with college admissions officers who visit Flatbush in the fall to share information and answer questions about their institutions. The department will work with each senior to compile and submit application materials and related documents.

HOW TO STAY UP-TO-DATE:
Visit our College Guidance website (click on ‘College Guidance’ on the left side of the high school home page) for college information and helpful resources. Look out for email updates from the college guidance department. Frequency of such updates will increase as students progress in high school.

Technology is another critical component of this process and the web-based Naviance Family Connection program is a valuable tool for college research and keeping students and parents informed during the application process. The site allows all stakeholders (students, counselors, and parents) to collaborate and develop plans, research, and compare colleges, view Yeshivah of Flatbush-specific admissions data, send and receive messages, and more. All students and parents receive a Naviance account during the student’s junior year.

It is essential for both parents and students to use Naviance and university-provided resources as well as to engage with college guidance to achieve the understanding necessary for a successful college application and admission process.

MEET THE OFFICE:
The professionals in the Yeshivah Flatbush College Guidance Office aim to be positive, productive, and supportive advocates for the students in the Joel Braverman High School. They work as a team to ensure that all students receive the guidance necessary to make appropriate choices in the high school and navigate a thoughtful college search and application process. While all members of College Guidance are ready and willing to help students and families with the many elements of the process, each student is assigned a counselor in Grade 11 who will serve as his or her primary contact and recommender. Please contact the office if we can be of any assistance.

Amber Long from College Guidence                          Portrait of Helen Kuznicki, the College Guidance secretary. 
Ms. Amber N. Long, Director
along@flatbush.org   
Ms. Helen Kuznicki, Secretary
hkuznicki@flatbush.org

Portrait of Rabbi Yitzchak B. Rosenblum, College Guidance counselor.

Portrait of Ms. Rachel Natov, College Guidance counselor.
Rabbi Yitzchak B. Rosenblum, Counselor
yrosenblum@flatbush.org
Ms. Rachel Natov, Counselor
rnatov@flatbush.org

Portrait of Ms. Jessica Graber from College Guidance.

Ms. Maria R. Dressler, College Guidance counselor.

Ms. Jessica Graber
jgraber@flatbush.org
Ms. Maria R. Dressler, Counselor
mdressler@flatbush.org
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