College Counseling

College Counseling

Entering ninth grade? Already a high school student? Parent of a college-bound high school student? Schoke Jewish Family Service offers one-on-one affordable consulting services for families with teenagers contemplating college, providing a realistic understanding of the college admission process, how to select a college, and what college life is all about.


How We Help
  • A Schoke JFS College Counselor can:
  • Provide Direction in the College Visitation Process
  • Review High School Course Selection for the Coming Year
  • Suggest a Range of Suitable Schools
  • Provide Coaching for College Interviews
  • Recommend SAT/ACT Strategy
  • Provide Expert Guidance with Special Needs Students
  • Provide Information about Jewish Life on Campus

Unique Programs

Counseling for Special Needs Students
Post high school transition planning for students with identified special needs is a critical process that needs to be addressed as early as possible. While students grow and change as they reach and meet their educational and emotional goals, it is important to select college programs that are sensitive and provide specific support to these needs. The trained college consultant reviews the needs of each student and assists in the development of a post-High School plan.

College Ahead!
Offered each fall and spring in collaboration with the Stamford Jewish Community Center, College Ahead! is an evening program for college bound students and their families featuring a panel of Deans of Admission from top colleges throughout the country. Topics related to the college preparation and admissions process are discussed, as well as exploring Jewish life on campus.

Upcoming Programs

College Ahead!
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue

Deans of Admissions of prominent colleges will form a panel of experts to share information about the college admission process, academics, Jewish life on campus, residential options and other topics of interest. Claire Friedlander, JFS College Consultant, will moderate the discussion. Open to the community at no cost and registration is not required. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203-921-4161 or email clairef@ctjfs.org for more information.

Race to College
Mondays, January 22, February 12 and March 5 at 5:30 PM
Harry Bennett Branch of the Ferguson Library, Stamford

Sessions will cover recent changes in application process, standardized tes scores, choosing the best essay question to answer, planning college visits and the importance of community service. All are welcome to attend at no cost. Contact Claire Friedlander at 203-921-4161 or email clairef@ctjfs.org for more information.

Contact Us

For information about college counseling contact Claire D. Friedlander, NCC, LPC, at 203-921-4161 or

clairef@ctjfs.org