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College Counseling

College Counseling

The College Counseling Department at Sandy Spring Friends School helps students transition successfully from SSFS into higher education, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

The college counseling staff is committed to ensuring that every student and family receives the necessary support required to design and implement a successful plan for college. We want to enable our students to transition successfully from SSFS into higher education, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. The college staff works in collaboration with students, families, and faculty to facilitate the process.

We traditionally begin meeting and working with juniors in December, and support them throughout their senior year and beyond. Every student is given individualized attention through one-on-one counseling sessions, and each is encouraged to create his or her own path to college. We also meet with families and offer a series of college workshops, panel discussions, and information sessions throughout the school year.

The college counseling staff holds the belief that there is a school for every student, and one of our primary tasks is to help them to identify their needs and goals for college in order to help make the best possible choice.

2018-2019 School Profile

Chris Miller
Director of College Counseling
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Chris Miller's Bio

Chris joins the SSFS community this year and brings to the college counseling program an extensive and diverse range of experience as both a college admission officer and college counselor for several independent schools. He is also a Quaker school graduate (alumna of George School in Pennsylvania) and serves on several committees for professional associations, as well as college admission advisory boards for universities around the country. Chris holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.

Candice Ashton
Associate Director of College Counseling
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Candice Ashton's Bio

Candice joined the SSFS community in 2016 as the Associate Director of College Counseling. She has over a decade of college counseling experience in various educational settings. Candice is a native Washingtonian and alumna National Cathedral School. She enjoys reading and going to Nationals baseball games. Candice holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park.

Meredith Shankle
Upper School Registrar
Upper School Program Coordinator
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