College Counseling

Adolescents are guided through the college discovery, testing, application, interview and acceptance processes.

Life Ready

We know that not all Hershey students enroll in college immediately following graduation. Gap programs give time for other pursuits. Sometimes students pursue employment, training, or military service that matches their interests and values. We are confident that our families choose what is best for them.

The Montessori approach to adolescent education results in distinguished graduates no matter the path they choose for their life after high school. Real life skills are integrated with rigorous academics, giving students a comprehensive education. They are well prepared to address more advanced challenges because of their extensive experiences with projects, research, and communication.

College Ready

Hershey Montessori students develop qualities that college faculty value and appreciate: motivation to learn, independent thinking and research abilities, maturity to work closely with teachers and experts, strong writing and presentation skills, and longer attention spans. We provide a rigorous, project-based curriculum, which emphasizes intellectual development, responsibility, and prepares our students for further growth and future success.

About Hershey’s College Counseling Program

We want to alleviate the stress of choosing and preparing for “the right” college. That is why our College Counseling program is uniquely individualized. Hershey’s College Counselor meets with Upper School students and families each year to discuss academic plans and opportunities. Every student gets one-on-one, personalized attention. Families are assisted in understanding today’s higher education options regarding programs of study, costs and ways to pay, and finding institutions that fit their values and needs. Hershey’s College Counselor also works with students and college officials as needed to assist in the application process. You pay no additional money for this level of service. Hershey Montessori School is pleased to provide it at no cost to you.

Timeline for College Counseling Program

Hershey’s College Counseling Program begins formally in Grade 10.  We are focused on the needs of students and their desired pathway. Our program is designed for college applications to be completed at the beginning of Grade 12 for students to gain access to selective programs and scholarship opportunities.

Grade 10: Awareness of Today’s Higher Education Issues and Options
  • Coordinated campus visit trips
  • College Financing seminar with with Financial Aid Official
  • Pre-ACT administration at school (November)
  • Annual college fair featuring over 100 institutions (April)
  • Students take official ACT or SAT (May-July)
Grade 11: Focus on Individual College Selection and Readiness
  • Suggested college lists are prepared for each student (July/August)
  • Coordinated campus visit trips
  • College Financing Seminar with Financial Aid Official
  • PSAT is available at area high school (October)
  • Pre-ACT administration at school (November)
  • Students take official ACT at school (February/March)
  • Annual college fair featuring over 100 institutions (April)
Grade 12: Access to Academic and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Essay Development & Application Completion sessions (August/September)
  • Faculty Recommendation Requests (August/September)
  • Students take and send official ACT or SAT (August-November)
  • College Financing Seminar with Financial Aid Official

College Courses Available

Hershey has these colleges nearby: Hiram College; Lake Erie College; Lakeland Community College; and Kent State University’s Geauga Campus. Students who are advanced in their studies and accepted by a college, have the option of taking classes in summer or during their senior year. This allows students to explore a broader range of disciplines that interest them and earn transferable college credit. These students gain on-campus experience, work with college professors, and have access to campus facilities, events, services, and resources.

College Acceptances

Students in the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 were accepted at these colleges. Many were offered opportunities in honors or scholars programs and merit scholarships: Allegheny College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University, College of Wooster, Colorado State University, Emerson College, Guilford College, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kenyon College, Miami University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University-Columbus, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Dayton, University of Maryland-College Park, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Contact Us

College Counseling
11530 Madison Road
Huntsburg Twp., Ohio 44046
Huntsburg Campus Map with Directions


Hershey Montessori School Admissions Counselor, Valerie Raines             
Valerie Raines,
College Counselor
Telephone: 216-288-8353

Facts about Hershey and the College Counseling Program

  • School Profile: School Profile
  • Enrollment: 10-20 students per grade, includes boarding and international students
  • Academic Calendar: Semesters with interim sessions for students to pursue projects
  • Grading Scale & Ranking: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C =70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59. We do not rank.
  • GPA & Weighting: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0. On a 4.0 scale. Grades are not weighted
  • College Credit: Students may take courses through area colleges. AP classes are not offered at HMS.
  • ACT mid-50%: 24-28 Composite
  • College Going: 80% of students choose direct entry; 20% delay college or pursue other programs
  • School Code: 365343
  • Accreditation: State of Ohio Department of Education
  • College Counselor: Valerie Raines, vraines@hershey-montessori.org

Visit Hershey Montessori

The student experience at The Huntsburg campus is truly unique and must be observed to gain full understanding. We invite you to visit our campus to learn more.