Transition and Guidance
College-Prep Program—More Than Placement
Landmark School provides a college-preparatory curriculum to all students. Each year, about 94% of Landmark graduates move on to two- or four-year colleges. We prepare our students for college with a robust curriculum, a focus on study skills and executive function, internship opportunities, and close, regular contact with our supportive guidance staff.
The guidance office carefully matches students with colleges and universities that offer support services. We encourage our students to self-advocate in the post-secondary environment to make sure their needs are met.
Our goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in life. Landmark’s low student-to-teacher ratio, small class sizes, and one-to-one tutorial ensure that our faculty know and understand each student’s interests and academic potential beyond Landmark.
Preparing Students for a Range of Post-Secondary Options
While Landmark prides itself on its college-preparatory program, we realize college is not for everyone. While the vast majority of our students go onto college, some move to gap programs or directly into the workplace. Our guidance office individualizes the transition process for each student. Landmark’s curriculum offers a wide range of electives in the visual arts, performing arts, practical arts, and technology that exposes students to potential career paths and other post-secondary options.
Our coordinated and integrated transition curriculum encourages students to identify their interests and skills, explore their talents throughout their Landmark experience, and understand themselves as learners as they plan for the future. Students engage in transition activities in Saturday School workshops, tutorials, classes, and meetings with their Academic Advisors. These workshops serve as a foundation that informs and guides them as they begin to work with the guidance office in their junior year.
Each year a student is at Landmark High School, the transition curriculum will have a specific focus and theme that helps students think about their post-secondary planning and build a résumé to help them with the application process to the program to which they will apply.
Here’s a look at the transition process by year:
- In the freshman year students explore their interests. They are encouraged to think about possible careers and begin to engage in activities, courses, and community service that will allow them to further understand their interests.
- During the sophomore year, students work to understand themselves as learners. They begin to think about their strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles.
- As students enter junior year, they look at the various post-secondary options and begin to explore each option. Juniors also participate in SAT and ACT prep classes.
- Finally, during senior year, students make some final decisions and develop a plan for the next step after Landmark.
The Planning Process
The College Option
- Difference Between High School and College
- Difference between High School and College, the Law
- Types of Support in College
- Support Service Comparison Chart
- College Comparison Chart
- Tips for Writing the College Essay
- Preparing for the College Application Process
- Accessing Learning Disability Services in College
- Interview, Questions to Ask
- College Visit, Questions to Ask
Landmark College Acceptances
After the Acceptance
Links and Resources
- Guidance Workshop Packet
- Anne Bell Testing Letter
- Anne Bell Release Form
- Release of Student Records
- Resources for Parents
- Your Plan for the Future: College and Career Planning Site
- College Board
- MEFA: Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority
- FAFSA ID information
- The Common Application
- LD Online
For more information about Landmark’s transition plan, please contact Suzanne Crossman, Director of Transition and Guidance.