College Counseling

College Counseling at PVS

In keeping with the values of Palm Valley School, our college counseling program emphasizes exploration and personal growth. Working individually with the Director of College Counseling, and in small groups during Advisory, students will come to articulate their motivation for higher learning as well as identify their academic, artistic, and athletic goals.

College Planning Process

We start the college planning process as early as middle school. As students transition to 9th grade, we emphasize the importance of exploring interests and in 10th grade, we encourage students to dive into their passions with renewed focus. In 11th grade, students begin meeting with the Director of College Counseling individually to search for programs that are uniquely suited to their interests, goals, and strengths. Students will develop a college list, make a standardized testing plan, refine their resumes, and begin visiting colleges. During senior year, students meet regularly with the Director of College Counseling and in Advisory to master every step of the college application process. Regular communication to families through email, school meetings, and Naviance software keeps everyone abreast of deadlines, school visits, and decisions.

Throughout a family’s time in the High School, they are advised on appropriate coursework, academic rigor, standardized testing, and extracurricular involvement in keeping with a student’s personal goals. Our comprehensive counseling program includes college tours, on-campus visits and fairs, test prep guidance, essay support, and financial aid literacy.

Palm Valley School utilizes Naviance, a college and career readiness software provider that partners with colleges and universities to provide students with college planning and career assessment tools. In addition to facilitating the application process, Naviance provides a Document Library for families to access numerous helpful timelines, forms, and FAQs.

The class of 2023 achieved 100% acceptance into colleges and universities all over the United States. The full listing of college acceptances over the last five years, as well as school achievements, is available on our College Profile.

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  • Acceptances from 2017-2023

    • American University
    • Belmont College
    • Beloit College
    • Berklee School of Music
    • Boston University
    • Bryn Mawr College
    • Ca State East Bay
    • Cal State Fullerton
    • Cal State Long Beach
    • Cal State Merced
    • Cal State Monterey Bay
    • Cal State Polytechnic University- Pomona
    • Cal State Pomona
    • Cal State Riverside
    • Cal State San Jose
    • Cal State San Luis Obispo
    • Cal State San Marcos
    • Cal State University Humboldt
    • Chapman University
    • College of William and Mary
    • Columbia University- Chicago
    • Dominican University
    • Emory University
    • George Washington University
    • Goucher College
    • Hawaii Pacific University
    • Highpoint University
    • Hofstra University
    • Humboldt State
    • Johnson and Wales University
    • Knox College
    • Lake Forest University
    • Lewis and Clark
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • Macalester College
    • Marymount California University
    • Marymount Manhattan University
    • Menlo College
    • Middlebury
    • NYU
    • Occidental College
    • Peace University
    • Pepperdine University
    • Portland State University
    • Puget Sound University
    • Reed College
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Ringling College of A & D
    • San Diego State University
    • San Francisco State
    • San Jose State
    • Santa Clara University
    • Savannah School of A & D
    • School of A & D (London)
    • School of A & D (New York)
    • Seattle Pacific University
    • Tennessee State
    • Tufts University
    • UC Berkeley
    • UC Boulder
    • UC Davis
    • UC Irvine
    • UC Merced
    • UC San Diego
    • UC Santa Cruz
    • UCLA
    • University of Arizona
    • University of Arizona- Eller School of Business
    • University of Arizona- School of Engineering
    • University of Arizona- School  of Science and Medicine
    • University of Las Vegas
    • University of Miami (Frost School of Music)
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Redlands
    • University of San Diego
    • University of San Francisco
    • University of Indiana
    • Vassar College
    • Washington State University
    • Wheaton College
    • Whitman College
    • Willamette University
    • Woodbury College
    • Wright University

Take a Tour of PVS

Palm Valley Private School occupies 34 acres in Rancho Mirage with stunning mountain views. The campus features separate campuses and buildings for each of our four divisions – Preschool (ages 18 months to 5), Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12), along with a full-size gymnasium, several separate recesses and athletic fields, a black box theater and smart lab.