College Counseling

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Congratulations to Beacon Academy’s Class of 2017 for earning offers of admission to 47 colleges and universities across the country.
See the list of schools here.

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Our Mission and Approach


Creating thoughtful, dynamic, and curious citizen-learners who “meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world with compassion and confidence” is central to Beacon Academy’s mission. Beacon’s college counseling program fulfills this mission by providing a student-centered, fit-based approach to the college discernment and selection process. Our college counselors lead students through an intentional, reflective process that encourages students to engage in deep and meaningful self-exploration. As a student comes to understand his or her values, ethics, strengths, and learning styles, counselors then work collaboratively with students and families to find a wide range of appropriate college matches based on a student’s academic, social, emotional, and financial needs. We believe that this process is not simply a means to a greater end but a powerful and potentially transformative learning opportunity in itself. We encourage students to explore a wide range of post-secondary options, always focused on the ultimate goal of guiding students to positive outcomes in their professional and personal lives.

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Our Commitment

College Counseling has been a part of school life at Beacon since the school’s inception. We are committed to supporting students and families through the college search process by:

  • Knowing each student well.
  • Encouraging meaningful and authentic self-awareness in our students.
  • Empowering students to shape and execute their college process.
  • Teaching and reinforcing self-advocacy skills.
  • Modeling habits of life-long, open-minded learning.
  • Offering knowledgeable expertise regarding colleges and universities, application processes, standardized testing, financial aid and scholarships, essay writing, and current issues and trends in college admissions.
  • Engaging in meaningful professional development and institutional advancement through active membership in professional college counseling organizations like the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), and the Chicago Area College Counseling Association (CACCA).
  • Touring and Researching colleges and universities throughout the country; our college counseling staff has visited hundreds of colleges and universities since 2010.



Questions about college counseling at Beacon Academy? Contact Joe Freeman.