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Tome students prepare for college every day by taking challenging, college-preparatory courses, taking advantage of leadership opportunities, and working hard. We encourage students to become fully involved in the academic, social and extracurricular life of Tome School during their four years in upper school, and to develop individual interests for which they have a passion. This way, the college process becomes a natural part of a student’s life, and not the all-consuming focus of his or her entire upper school experience.​

Freshman and Sophomore Year: Looking at the Big Picture

Ninth and tenth graders meet with the college counselor in the beginning of the school year to discuss “the big picture.” This includes what colleges will be looking for and what they should be doing to prepare. Letters are sent to parents to encourage the discussion to continue at home. Freshmen and sophomores take the PSAT in October. In addition, a College Night for Sophomores takes place in May which provides information on making the most of a college visit.

Junior Year: Finding a Good Fit

​College counseling becomes more formal during the junior year. Juniors attend college representative visits (at Tome), take the PSAT in October, and take a formal tour of University of Maryland, College Park, in the fall. In January, students and parents attend College Night for Juniors, the most important meeting of this process. Topics include the college search, admission tests, financial aid, role of parents, and calendar of activities. Individual conferences with the college counselor take place throughout the spring. Then the class meets with the counselor in May for a college essay workshop and to discuss summer responsibilities.

Senior Year: College and Scholarship Applications

​In the fall of senior year, students and parents attend Senior Application Night in September. Students meet with the counselor as often as necessary as they complete applications and research scholarships. The school takes responsibility for mailing transcripts, letters of recommendations and all supporting documents.

​We want our students and their families to feel informed and empowered so they can actually enjoy this time in their families’ lives instead of it becoming a complex and often stress—filled process. Our goal is to help students identify and apply to colleges that offer opportunities and challenges that match their individual aspirations, needs, and interests. Communication is considered to be very important and is accomplished through the “College Corner” in the Friday Flyer, upper school bulletin boards, and individual conferences whenever requested.

For any questions about the college counseling or application process, contact our college counselor:

Shelley Pierce
College Counselor

Upper School Profile

A student who successfully completes the Upper School curriculum will present 24 academic credits to colleges – eight in English and four each in history, mathematics, science and foreign language.  In addition, students may take AP exams and/or take advantage of dual enrollment options with Cecil Community College and the University of Delaware. Virtually all graduates go on to college.

  • Grade 9: Composition 9, Ancient Literature, Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 or geometry, French 1, Spanish 1 or Latin 1, Ancient History, Biology, physical education
  • Composition 10, American Literature, Geometry or Algebra 2, French 2 or Spanish 2, Latin 2, Environmental Science or Chemistry, World History
  • Grade 11: Composition 11, British Literature, Algebra 2 or Pre-calculus, French 3, Latin 3 or Spanish 3, Chemistry or Physics, US History
  • Grade 12: Composition 12, World Literature, Precalculus or Calculus, Statistics, French 4, Spanish 4, French 1, Spanish 1 or Latin 1, Physics, Government/Economics, Adv. Biology, Environmental Science

For Upper School students, 7th period elective classes are not for credit and include art, PE, yearbook, literary magazine, school newspaper, Envirothon, Drama, and others. All students must successfully pass Physical Education and Health class to qualify for graduation.

Upper School Profile 2017-2018