College Counseling

Kirby graduates pose together in clothes from the colleges they plan to attend

A Kirby education means better choices and more opportunities for college.

Whatever your student’s college ambition, a Kirby education means better choices and more opportunities. Our one-on-one college counseling starts early and is carefully designed for success:

  • An individually architected four-year plan designed in freshman year
  • One-on-one mentorship throughout high school
  • Parent seminars designed to demystify and smooth the selection and admission process
  • Application and essay workshops and coaching

Professional college counseling supports each Kirby student and family in the college selection and application process. And we won’t just help your student get into the best colleges, we’ll make sure they have the skills to flourish there. For a list of the colleges where Kirby graduates have recently matriculated, please view our School Profile.

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"Without the preparation I got at Kirby, my first quarter at college would’ve been overwhelming. But the study skills I learned in high school meant that I was ready from the first lecture to get the most out of my classes and keep up academically." Willa Brock, Kirby '10, Stanford '14

Lis Bensley, College Counselor

Ms. Bensley has been a reporter for the New York Times and a Senior Writer/Editor for Oncology Times and MEDICA: Women Practicing Medicine. She taught writing for 10 years, and has been working with college-bound students since 2005--tutoring, providing resume and essay guidance and teaching ACT, SAT and PSAT preparation workshops. Ms. Bensley completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program and is a parent of a 2003 Kirby graduate.