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College CounselingOur goal is clear and simple: to prepare every student at The Pine School to be a competitive candidate for entrance to the college or university of his or her choosing.

We believe that the journey is as important as the destination and nowhere is that notion more appropriately applied than the college process.  Our program is based on the notion that college is a match to be made and not a prize to be won.

By focusing on “fit” rather than generic college ranking lists, the College Counseling office tailors the college process to meet the needs of individual students - helping each child to identify realistic choices as well as “reach” schools.  By focusing on “fit” we work to ensure that students are happy with their college choice - not just on the day they receive their admission decision, but for the next four years.

The College Counseling Program at The Pine School is a developmental sequence starting in the 8th Grade. Whether it is a fun discussion about possible college choices during our Week of the Young Adolescent, proper exposure to college admissions testing (Duke TIP, Explore, Plan, ACT, PSAT, SAT), or in-depth coaching through the application process, the College Counseling program is individualized and powerful. There are numerous education programs designed to help parents stay connected with the process during a student's Upper School career.

The process involves group meetings and individual guidance sessions to determine the student's academic interests and passions. A specific academic program is developed that will support the student's intentions for future study. Attention is also given to co-curricular activities that will enhance the students’ Upper School experience and showcase their talents and abilities. Students receive guidance in preparing for the SAT/ACT and structuring their college applications.

Our constant communication with the world's leading colleges and universities have helped put The Pine School on the radar screens of admissions directors. As students narrow their choices, the College Counseling Department at The Pine School assists them and their parents in navigating through the process and making decisions that will position students for success.

CLICK HERE for a list of the colleges and universities that have accepted our students since 2009.


The college counseling process at The Pine School is designed to assess each student's abilities, interests, needs, and career goals. If you work to discover these gradually during high school, the actual process of applying to college will fall seamlessly into place. The following outline will help guide you in finding the best college match.



Janet Bio

About The College Counselor 

Janet Pacifico has more then three decades of experience in education as a teacher, coach, and counselor. A graduate of Hofstra University (where she received a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree in education) and Long Island University (where she earned a second master's degree in counseling), Pacifico received the presigious Presidential Award for outstanding service to her profession at the 2007 New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling conference. Under her leadership, 100% of students at The Pine School have been accepted to college.