Junior small groups meet once a rotation and facilitate teaching students about all aspects of the college search, helping the students consider their values and priorities in identifying “good fit” schools, as well as providing an opportunity for the College Counseling team to get to know the students personally.  Topics include, but are not limited to:  knowing self, standardized testing, using Scoir as a research tool, understanding the components of an application and the selective admission process, making the most of college visits, essay writing, creating activity resumes, choosing teacher recommenders, and navigating the Common Application.  Emphasis is placed on the students taking ownership of their search and learning to be strong self-advocates.  
Senior small groups meet once a rotation with an emphasis on finalizing an appropriate college apply list; helping students brainstorm, edit, and refine their colleges essays and supplements; running mock interviews; and completing all aspects of the college application process with the support of the PCDS College Counseling team.