Beyond The Classroom
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Within the University and Careers department, our mission is to support the student’s holistic development throughout their time at CGA. Our approach reflects our diverse student body; each student and family has unique goals and needs, and our counselors work with each family to understand their personal pathway to success beyond graduation from CGA.
Our student-centered approach exposes our learners to various global perspectives, opportunities, and university destinations in order to equip them with the skills and knowledge to succeed. Through exposure to limitless opportunities through our academic, extracurricular, and career-oriented networks and consistent personal growth and reflection, students are encouraged to develop an awareness of the possible university and career paths available to them, and develop a plan to achieve these in concert with their CGA counselors.
The pillars of our university and careers counseling program are: Academic Advising, University Admissions, Career Guidance, and Extracurricular Options.
CGA is committed to providing the most up-to-date university and careers guidance, which is why our staff are members of the foremost professional organizations in the field, and regularly attend conferences to learn, develop, and lead within the industry. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards of counseling, ensuring that our student-centric approach is committed to the principles of integrity, transparency, and student well-being.
Our counselors work in concert with our academic staff in order to provide the most tailored individual guidance for our students.
CGA’s robust admissions program is the highlight of our department: we’ve worked with countless students all over the world in order to place them within the best institutions of higher learning.
With CGA’s goal of equipping our students with the tools and skills to be the “architects” of their own lives and development, a crucial component is the exposure to as many possible careers and pathways as possible.
A diverse and global student body means countless opportunities to engage, cooperate, and explore with fellow students all around the world.
In order to best meet the needs of our students, our University and Careers guidance is delivered in the following ways, maximizing flexibility and allowing students to progress at their own pace while still receiving personalized attention and support.
|Grade Level||Academics||Extracurricular Involvement||Career and Major Exploration||University Entrance|
|Pre-IG and IG Grade 9-10 Year 10-11||Course Selection (IG, AS/A2, AP) Academic Pathway review Academic interest broadening Additional academic readings Study skills and habits||School clubs discussion Review involvement and opportunities inside and outside of school||Career and personality testing and review Career pathway exploration Career shadowing review||Discussion of possible university entrance options Review of priorities, pathways, and standardized testing (if required)|
|AS Level Grade 11 Year 12||Course Selection (IG, AS/A2, AP) Academic Pathway review Continued academic interest broadening Predicted Grades review||Extracurricular involvement review||Further career shadowing Further major and career discussion||Review of university entrance options and countries Finalization of countries of interest University financing discussion Standardized testing Reference letters Personal statements|
|A2 Level Grade 12 Year 13||Predicted Grades review and finalization||Extracurricular involvement review||Further major and career discussion||Finalization of references School list finalization Personal Statement/Essay review Application Portal review and submission|
Full time student meeting topics
Two times a year for Pre-IG and IG level students (equivalent of Grade 9/10 or Year 10/11)
Four times a year for AS level students (equivalent of Grade 11 or Year 12)
Monthly check ins for A2 level students in their application year (equivalent to Grade 12 or Year 13)
Parental meetings pertaining to university entrance are offered on-demand for families who wish to speak to their CGA Counselor.
In addition to ongoing counseling support with CGA’s Counseling staff, students have weekly meetings with their Academic Deans in form time, in addition to receiving pastoral support in one on one meetings.
Group classes will be delivered on a quarterly basis.
Live group classes will cover topics that are common to all students in their school journey and college and university search.
Group classes give students the opportunity to engage in a live discussion and ask questions.
Group classes are accessible for both FT and PT students.
The content library covers a wide variety of topics on admissions, candidacy building, career and major exploration.
It also contains a repository of videos, articles, and examples of successful applications and student journeys.
The content library is accessible for all students at any time.
Online support is accessible for all students and their families.
CGA School Counselors are always accessible through Slack groups and the Crimson Community to answer questions.
Students are encouraged to engage, ask questions, and participate in admissions related discussions over CGA’s various platforms!
Parents are encouraged to read through CGA’s materials and ask questions through email as well.