COLLEGE & BEYOND
At School One we know the real value of your education is in how you use it in the world. Four decades of alumni show that a School One education can take you to college, to the art studio, to the publishing house, to the biology laboratory, and most importantly to a life engaged with the community around you, making the world a better place.
- have a high acceptance rate at the colleges they choose.
- are frequently offered strong financial aid packages.
- are prepared for college-level work and the challenges of independent learning.
- have strong writing skills and can communicate effectively what they have learned.
- are supported to identify the next best step after high school.
Every student receives one-on-one support from a college counselor, arts coordinator and an academic advisor as they navigate their options.
Finding the right next step can be overwhelming. At most public high schools, there’s one guidance counselor for every 450 students. At School One, we provide individual attention and support (and a little nagging) with every step of the college process.
In many ways, School One courses are more like college seminars than high school classes, building each student’s voice and ownership over their learning.
School One students are challenged to tackle real world questions and problems throughout their coursework and are given opportunities to pursue internships that can help them see their talents in new ways and consider what comes next after high school.
Every student and family participates in a series of activities that support college exploration, selection and the application process.
We work closely with students to help them reflect on what they have learned, who they are becoming, and search for a college that will be the right fit. Because of our small size, students and parents can meet with our college counselor as often as needed.
Students who wish to pursue art school are assisted by our arts coordinator every step of the way.
From helping to create their art portfolios, to assisting students with exhibiting their work at local galleries, our students receive guidance and support as well as help with art school selection and applications.
Freshman and Sophomore Years
Students begin to know themselves as learners, engage in college preparatory coursework, and start making choices to geared to their long term goals. Many students take the PSAT as sophomores.
Our college counselor meets with every student and family as they attend college fairs, take standardized tests, and start developing a list of schools that meet their interests and goals. All juniors understand the college application and art school process and because of our small size, have a front row seat as their senior friends explore options. Students get help from their advisors, our college counselor, and our art coordinator.
Students write a first draft of their Senior Essay during the summer before senior year. By fall or winter, most have developed a plan that captures their strengths and ambitions. Students get hands-on help they complete and submit applications to the schools of their choice. Students present their future plans at their Graduation Board of Review as part of their demonstration that they are fully prepared to graduate.
Berklee College of Music
California College of the Arts
Community College of Rhode Island
Fashion Institute of Technology
Maine College of Art
Montserrat College of Art
New School University for Drama
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Parsons: The New School for Design
Rhode Island School of Design
San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
of Tufts University
School of Visual Arts
Tyler School of Art
American University of Paris
College of the Atlantic
Drexel University (Dean’s Scholar)
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Michigan University
Eugene Lang College at New School
Evergreen State College
Franklin and Marshall College
Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College
Lewis and Clark College
Long Island University Global
Lyndon State College
Marymount Manhattan College
Mount Ida College
New England College
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Penn State University
Plymouth State University
Rhode Island College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University (Honors Program)
St. Michael’s College
Salve Regina College
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Simon’s Rock of Bard College
State University of New York (New
Paltz, Purchase, Stonybrook)
Texas A & M
Tennessee Tech University
University of Alaska
University of Connecticut
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell)
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of St. Joseph: Nursing
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western Washington University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
I credit School One with giving me a head start on life, on getting to know who I was and having the freedom to follow my heart’s desire.
I haven’t yet found words to describe what it’s like going from a near-outcast in one educational setting to a heralded prodigy in another.
It was the respect and individualized education I found at School One that set me on a positive path.
School One tore down every pre-conceived belief I ever had about what school had to be like. It taught me to make my own path, to live life passionately, and to be ME.
Before School One, music was something I had in me, but took for granted.
Before School One, I was trapped in a public school system that was more about surviving and social status than getting an education.
School One’s teaching method was interactive and all encompassing, inspiring me to actually want to learn and participate.
School One’s environment didn’t stifle originality or creativity. There was a higher emphasis on learning.