Students and families come to Friends' Central seeking a challenging academic and extracurricular environment in a supportive school community. We encourage our students to identify similarly intellectually demanding and socially stimulating environments as they explore the world of higher education. Our belief is that the primary responsibility for the process lies with the student, and that the function of the College Counseling Office is to act as a resource. We define that role as having four central aspects:

  • Working with each student to create a profile of the types of colleges or universities which will best serve his or her individual academic and extracurricular needs and interests
  • Helping each student develop a list of schools which fit his or her individual criteria
  • Evaluating each student's academic and extracurricular record within the context of each of the applicant pools of the schools he or she is considering
  • Acting as a supportive and thoughtful advocate for each student throughout the college admissions process





College Counseling


Grant Calder
Co-Director of
College Counseling
& Upper School History Teacher

Michael Keaton

Co-Director of
College Counseling
& Diversity and Inclusivity
Hiring Coordinator

Mary Lynne Jeschke
Upper School College Counseling
Administrative Assistant

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