College Counseling


"As students are at the heart of all that we do at GCDS, our approach
to college counseling is intensely personalized."

At GCDS, we view college counseling as a natural extension of the academic and personal journey each student has undertaken since entering the Upper School. As students are at the heart of all that we do at GCDS, our approach to college counseling is intensely personalized. Tailored around specific needs, abilities, and interests, we guide our students as they navigate the increasingly complex college application landscape every step of the way.

During the first two years in the Upper School, students and families are given valuable and timely advice to ensure that everyone enters junior year informed and prepared to engage in the more focused phase of the college process. In a few short years, we have seen the inaugural GCDS graduates admitted to colleges and universities around the world, owing to the culmination of a multiyear journey of self-reflection, strong student-faculty relationships, and the identification of institutions that meet individual academic and personal interests.

While we fully understand that the college process is one that is frequently met with uncertainty and trepidation, we see it as a chance for our students to demonstrate the best version of themselves; our process asks that students have fun with this journey of self-exploration.

College Process Timeline

The College Counseling Program is designed to prepare and enable each student to present the strongest possible college application during senior year and to enroll in a college or university where they will thrive and continue to build on the strong academic and personal foundation built during their time at GCDS.




College Counseling Office

Andy Ramirez

Andy Ramirez

Director of College Counseling, Seminar Teacher
Courtney Kipp

Courtney Kipp

Associate Director of College Counseling, Seminar Teacher
Kate Demmerle

Kate Demmerle

College Counseling Administrative Assistant

Abby Weiss

Associate Director of College Counseling, Seminar Teacher

For College Admissions Representatives

The GCDS College Counseling Office welcomes both virtual and in-person visits during the 2021-2022 academic year.  We encourage you to book a visit through MaiaLearning. If you are unfamiliar with MaiaLearning, this video will guide you through the visit scheduling process.

The College Counseling Office is fully vaccinated. If you are not, we ask that you wear a mask while on campus and follow any prevailing health and safety protocols in place at the time of your visit. 

Please feel free to contact our office at 203-542-2231 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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