Founded in 1970, Worcester Preparatory School is a dynamic learning community of 500 students Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The 56 members of the Class of 2017, for example, earned over $5.5 million in scholarships and attend 35 different schools in 18 different states as part of a 100% college-admission rate. Over the years, WPS has placed its graduates in every Ivy League college and university, with equally illustrious institutions such as Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Georgetown, William & Mary, MIT and England’s Cambridge University included among them. The Classes of 2017 and 2018 included 34 Advanced Placement Scholars and one AP National Scholar. The school’s roster of honor societies includes the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Art National Honor Society, International Thespian Society and the Cum Laude Society.
Worcester Preparatory School Director of College Counseling, along with the school’s faculty and staff, are dedicated to helping students:
Attain the academic foundation needed for success in college
Understand the college selection, application, and testing process
Select colleges that are best for their talents and interests
Achieve the highest scores they can in college testing
Write excellent college essays
Prepare outstanding college applications
Apply for scholarships and awards
Make a smooth transition into college life
Because of the foundation in the academics students receive through the school's curriculum and the guidance they receive from the Director of College Counseling and the faculty, one hundred percent of Worcester students graduate and 100% go on to college. It is not unusual for alumni to return to Worcester or send us emails or texts indicating that everyone on their dorm floor is coming to them for help in writing research papers. We hear that they are tutoring others in math and excelling in their other studies. Because Worcester has such a large percentage of AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, AP Scholars with Distinction, and National AP Scholars; graduates often are able to jump into advanced college classes and/or opt out of specific courses often required for freshmen. This enables them to move forward more quickly in their fields of interest.
The Director of College Counseling is responsible for working with students and families in all aspects of the college counseling program. They advise students about college choice, prepares recommendations and other materials to support applications, provides scholarship information, arranges visits with college representatives, organizes programs to support the college counseling program, cultivates relationships with colleges and universities, and is responsible for PSAT and SAT testing
Advise and mentor senior students weekly on college applications.
On-site administrator for SSD program through College Board and assist with all AP Exam administration.
Meet frequently with small groups of junior students to discuss:
Campus visitation preparation;
Interviewing skill development.
Organize and host approximately 50 college admission representatives each fall and a smaller number each spring. Facilitate meetings between these representatives and students.
Acts as a liaison with College admissions offices.
Assist with Senior Class Meeting Facilitation at the beginning of each school year.
Present an Overview and Information Session at the Back to School Night for parents of senior students.
Assists with or supports SAT classes to discuss:
College knowledge sessions;
College fair preparation for attendees;
The college admission essay;
The college application process and gamesmanship..
Facilitate the attendance of 11th grade class at the AIMS College Fair in Baltimore, Maryland and Tri-County Fair at UMES.
Organize special programs to provide information and educational tools on specific topics:
Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Summer Application Boot Camp for Rising Seniors
The College Process – Getting the YES Letter!
Panel Discussions with Deans of Admission from Colleges and Universities.
Helping Your Child with the Transition to College.
The College Application Essay.
The Admission Game.
Making Positive Choices.
College Knowledge 101 for 9-11 grades.
College Coffee Sessions for Parents of 11th and 12th grade students.
Provide Peak Performance Training for motivating students and athletes.
Maintain records of admission decisions and statistics.
Use appropriate written and verbal communications with students and parents to disseminate information, including boards, Naviance, and OnCampus.
Maintain College Counseling Scholarship Binder and List on Naviance and OnCampus.
Review all letters of recommendation, student essays, and college applications.
Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Master’s Degree preferred but not mandatory.
Two years counseling experience.
Knowledge of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges.
Maintain membership in professional organizations.
Strong ability to meet deadlines.
The ability to maintain confidentiality.
Great organizational skills; ability to prioritize, multi-task projects with equal priority and anticipate work.
Excellent oral and written communications.
Ability to apply common sense understanding in carrying out instructions.
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Interested applicants should submit employment application, resume, official college transcripts, and Philosophy of Education to:
Worcester Preparatory School
Heather Parsons, Director of Human Resources
508 S. Main Street
Berlin, Maryland 21811
Click here for Administration Employment Application and Job Description.