Preparing for life beyond Peak

The college-counseling program at The Peak School is unique in its intensity, comprehensiveness, and personal approach. Beginning in 9th grade, you complete periodic workshops focusing on future goals and careers. Resume building, preliminary interest assessments, engagement in ongoing service projects, and visits to college campuses are also a focus of these counseling workshops.

Beginning in 11th grade, students have bi-weekly meetings with our in-house college counselor with the purpose of determining post-secondary priorities, scheduling standardized testing, and generating detailed lists and spreadsheets comparing colleges. 

In the 12th grade, you matriculate into college counselor Nick Smith's Base Camp—The Peak School version of homeroom—which allows for more one-on-one time with Nick during the final stretch of your college application process. 

Ninth Grade

Fall: College Night

Winter: MyersBriggs Assessment

Spring: PSAT 8/9 Testing

How you can prepare on your own:

  • Concentrate on academics
  • If you don’t already pursue any, consider a long-term extracurricular commitment
  • Begin visiting colleges when traveling

Tenth Grade

Fall: College Night & Aspen College Fair

Winter: Diagnostic testing • Option to go on a school-organized week-long college trip beyond Colorado

Spring: PSAT 10 • PSAT Subject Tests • Initial Family Meeting with Macy College Consulting

How you can prepare on your own:

  • Concentrate on academics
  • Visit college campuses with your family
  • Begin independent SAT/ACT prep
  • Continue pursuing goals outside of the classroom, such as athletics, arts, community service, clubs, or other extracurriculuar commitments

Eleventh Grade

Fall: Test to determine whether you should take the ACT or the SAT • Peak college campus trips to in-state colleges and universities

Winter: Mandatory SAT/ACT Prep elective

SAT (1st /2nd Sitting) in December or January

Spring: A week-long trip with your entire 11th grade class to visit out-of-state colleges & universities • Ask teachers for college recommendation letters

SAT (2nd /3rd Sitting) in March or April

How you can prepare on your own:

  • Concentrate on academics
  • Visit college campuses with your family over school breaks and into the summer
  • Continue studying for the ACT/SAT & register for at least two test dates
  • Continue pursuing goals outside of the classroom, such as athletics, arts, community service, clubs, or other extracurriculuar commitments
  • Begin working on college applications & essays over the summer before senior year

Twelfth Grade

Fall: College Essay Boot Camp • Complete college applications

Winter: Recommendation Thank-You notes to teachers

Spring: Decide among the colleges you have been admitted to!

June: Graduation!

How you can prepare on your own:

  • Stay on track to finish you college essays before the end of the fall bootcamp by working on them over the summer
  • Don't let your academics slip! Avoid the senior slump
  • Line-up an internship for your third-quarter senior project
  • Continue pursuing goals outside of the classroom, such as athletics, arts, community service, clubs, or other extracurriculuar commitments
  • Take a deep breath, have a cup of tea, and celebrate finishing the college application process!

Where do Peak Students go to College?

There is no one kind of school that Peak students prefer. We take pride in the fact that Peak’s matriculation list reflects the unique mix of personalities, interests, and goals of our senior class. 

All Acceptances

Bowdoin College
Connecticut College
Hamilton College
Skidmore College
Quest University
University of Denver
CU Boulder
College of William & Mary
The New School

Colorado State University
Hampshire College
Fort Lewis College
Clark University
Babson College
American University
University of Montana
St. Andrews University, Scotland
Eckerd College
Unity College
Cornell College

Landmark College
Colorado School of Mines
Isaacson School of New Media, CMC
University of Vermont