collegeacceptancesSupport is also available to assist students in preparing for college admissions tests. A smaCollege Guidance at Shortridge Academy begins with the premise that students who achieve the greatest success in the college admission process are able to find the “right fit” based on an understanding of their strengths, passions and interests. Through one-on-one meetings and small group workshops, students participate in self-assessments, identify their needs and interests and learn to navigate a variety of resources in order to develop a balanced list of schools. Students have the opportunity to attend college fairs and visit local college campuses upon occasion. In addition, students are supported throughout the entire application process; they are provided with assistance in organizing application materials, including letters of recommendation, writing essays, meeting application deadlines, and preparing for campus visits and interviews.

ll group, 10-week long SAT preparation workshop is offered to juniors and seniors. In addition, one-on-one tutoring is available for both the SAT and ACT. All students have the opportunity to participate in practice tests. Our college counselor assists students in signing up for tests, applies for accommodations for students as needed, and coordinates transportation to and from local high schools where the tests are offered.

In addition to college counseling, students and families can also receive guidance in exploring additional post-high school options, such as gap year programs. This is a great option for students who may be graduating high school mid-year or for those who may want or need some additional time to be ready for college.

Post-high school planning is a very exciting process, though it can be anxiety producing for students and parents. We are confident that every student at Shortridge Academy has a number of very good options to explore and we will guide students and families in making the best decision relative to the students’ individual needs and interests.



College Board

CollegeBoard is an online resource for signing up for SAT’s and other standardized tests. It also contains assistance for planning and search options for schools and colleges.



This site allows students to create an account, register for the ACT and use various tools provided including online access to test scores.


The Common Application

The common application can be used to research schools online as well as to create 1 application to be sent to multiple schools.


Federal Financial Aid

FAFSA is the form the U.S. government requires students to complete for federal financial aid.



Almost all of our Shortridge Graduates have been successful at their placements after graduation. Our students have been accepted at many different colleges and independent schools, a sample of which are listed below. In addition, some of our students have returned to their previous local high schools to complete their studies.

Art Institute of Boston
Adolphus Gustavus College
Albright College
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Art Institute of Colorado
Bard College
Becker College
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brevard College
Burlington College
Cabrini College
California State University
Catholic University
Champlain College
Clark University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Culinary Institute of America
Drexel University
Eckerd College
Emmanuel College
Fairfield University
Florida Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Furman University
George Mason University
Goucher College
Green Mountain College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hampshire College
Hartwick College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Houghton College
Illinois State University
Iona College
Ithaca College
Jacksonville University
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales
Juniata College
Keene State College
King’s College
LaSalle College
Lesley University
Lindfield College
Loyola Maryland
Loyola Marymount
Loyola New Orleans
Lynn University
Maine College of Art
Manhattanville College
Marlboro College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Mesa State College
Montana State University
Mount Ida College
New England College
Northern Kentucky University
Ogelthorpe University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Pacific University
Penn State
Philadelphia University
Plymouth State University
Prescot College
Purdue University
Queens University
Quinnipiac University

Ramapo College
Regis University
Roanoke College
Rutgers University
Sailsbury College
Salem State University
San Francisco State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts in NYC
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Sonoma State University
St. Edwards University
Stetson University
Suffolk University
Temple University
Tufts University
University of Alabama
University of British Columbia
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Miami
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern Maine
University of Tennessee
University of the Pacific
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Western Ohio
Ursinus College
Vassar College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytech Institute
Virginia Tech.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
West Virginia University
Western State (CO)
Whittier College
Wilkes University

Independent School Acceptances:

Charleston Collegiate Academy
Cheshire Academy
Crespi Carmelite High School
Darrow School
Deck House School (ME)
Dublin School
Foxcroft School
Happy Valley School
Hebron Academy
Kent’s Hill School
Laguna Blanche High School
Leysin American School (Switzerland)
Linden Hall School
Linsley School
New Hampton School
Oliverian School
Oxford Academy
Proctor Academy
Robert Lewis Stevenson
Storm King
Verde Valley
Vermont Academy
White Mountain School