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Our college counseling program helps students maximize their success.

Students build confidence and become empowered to take responsibility for their own college admission process. They will:

  • engage in self-reflection
  • commit to an honest and authentic process
  • maintain realistic expectations
  • build productive relationships
  • conduct sound research
  • meet all deadlines

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Congratulations to the Class of 2023 for outstanding college results

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What inspires and energizes you?
How can you take your interests to the next level?
What ways can you highlight your individuality and intellectualism?
How can we support your goals and aspirations?

These are some of the questions that Viewpoint School’s college counselors pose to students as they develop skills for success in college and beyond. Honing flexibility, collaboration, and creativity, students become effective communicators and thinkers who thrive in interdisciplinary learning environments. This evolution of excellence is an idea that plays out daily at Viewpoint and culminates for seniors as they apply to college.

Harlan Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate series, visits our campus every May to talk to our seniors about post-Viewpoint life. As part of his One of Your People Project, Harlan produced a series of videos capturing moderated conversations with seven Viewpoint alums about their post-high school experiences, including their perseverance amid a pandemic.

College Counseling Spotlight

From Viewpoint’s Dance Studio to a Professional Stage, Kaylyn Robertson ’24 Prepares for Leading Roles in The Nutcracker

After countless hours in Viewpoint’s dance studio and tireless dedication to the craft, Kaylyn Robertson ’24 is now preparing for several prominent roles in the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker on December 16 and 17 at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center.

Since her earliest memories, Robertson has immersed herself in the world of dance. While for some, dancing may be just a pastime, for Robertson, it's more than a hobby—it's a way of life.

“I first started dancing when I was three years old. My mom put me in classes and I stuck with it all the way until now,” said Robertson.

“Kaylyn is one of the most dedicated dance students and academic students. Her time management skills are amazing,” said Viewpoint Dance Teacher Gabrielle Brown.

Kaylyn's unwavering devotion to her artistry has fueled success in all her pursuits. Apart from participating in the Viewpoint dance program, she also devotes her time to the Pacific Festival Ballet.

“I practice six out of seven days a week every week except for holidays,” added Robertson. “As far as the Nutcracker is concerned, we are fully immersed in the rehearsal process—Tuesdays, Fridays, and sometimes Saturdays for me”

"Kaylyn has secured some truly impressive leading roles this year. She's taking on the challenging characters of the Snow Queen, Marzipan, and a Snow Fairy," said Brown.

Although Kaylyn doesn’t plan on pursuing a professional career in dance, she still plans on incorporating it into her college experience.

"I don't anticipate majoring in dance, but hopefully, I can pursue a minor or join one of the dance programs to continue performing," said Robertson. "I love it and it has been a huge part of my life for the past 14 years."

“Working with Kaylyn has been delightful and I’m so sad that she’s graduating,” said Brown. “We’re all so proud of her and look forward to witnessing all that she will continue to accomplish.”

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Viewpoint Recognizes Eleven Senior Athletes for Their Peak Performance and Path to College Sports

Eleven seniors were recognized on Monday, May 22, for their extraordinary athletic achievements while at Viewpoint, and their commitment to continue playing sports in college. Our college-bound athletes were joined by students, faculty, coaches, and their families at the Love of Learning Wall, as they received awards and ceremoniously “signed” to their respective schools. Mark McKee, Head of School and Rhody Davis, Director of College Counseling, each delivered congratulatory remarks and words of wisdom for these seniors. Travis Kikugawa, Director of Counseling for College-bound Athletes, announced each senior, facilitated their signing, and presented them with a plaque to commemorate the moment.      

“This day represents the culmination of perseverance and hard work on a journey that can only happen with the tremendous support of parents, coaches, and college counselors,” said Mark McKee, Head of School. “Our Athletic and College Counseling departments are a true team, guiding our student-athletes through their decision-making process as they consider committing to play sports in college.”

We applaud these students for their passion and perseverance and wish them luck in their college athlete journey.

Leo Amari - Northern Illinois University, Basketball

Kendall De Rivel - Trinity University, Volleyball

Pierce Downs - NYU, Swim

Madison Foxhoven - Duke, Soccer

Ava Gronemeyer - University of California, Irvine, Volleyball

Sasha Hale - University of La Verne, Cross-Country/Track & Field 

Jose Hernandez-Carver - Lewis and Clark College, Football

Madison Nadolenco - University of Georgia, Equestrian 

Madilyn Palosi - Lewis and Clark College, Basketball

Peyton Rohr - DePauw University, Softball 

Wyatt Thompson, Chapman, Baseball

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Viewpoint’s Eighth Annual All-School Convocation – A Joyful Start to the 2022-23 School Year

On Friday, September 2, Viewpoint’s Eighth Annual All-School Convocation, held in the Paul Family Athletic Center (PFAC), joyfully marked the start of the 2022-23 school year. For the first time since 2019, the whole school was able to gather together in one place, and the jubilant energy of students and faculty filling the PFAC was felt by everyone.

In keeping with past Convocations, the seniors entered the PFAC with a bagpipe player at the lead. The Class of 2023, many of whom were once in Primary School at Viewpoint, then created a human tunnel for the Kindergartners in the Class of 2035 to enter the gym for Convocation. While this was the first of many assemblies to come for the Kindergarten students, for the seniors this event was a welcome reminder of the years of assemblies that helped to define their years at Viewpoint. 

Immediately following the National Anthem, performed by the Upper School Concert Choir, and the Pledge of Allegiance, the program began with remarks from Head of School Mark McKee:

“This year, I welcome you and I challenge you to a journey of talking about Honor, one of Viewpoint’s core values and our theme for the 2023 school year. For over 60 years, Viewpoint has been committed to educating students to live lives of character, contribution, and purpose. In the dictionary, Honor is defined as ‘high respect and great esteem—as in a place of honor—and as adherence to what is right—as in an Honor Code.’ It is a noun and a verb. We can honor our parents and teachers; we can honor the law or constitution; we can honor our own commitments. I believe we all aspire to live in honor and dignity as a fundamental human right. And yet, I don’t think we talk enough about the honor, in our personal lives, in our school and community, in our country, and our world. In a moment we will hear definitions of Honor from students across Viewpoint’s grades, kicking off what I hope will be a year of conversations about honor. My dream: that we will talk about how we can become the community we want to be, where all are honored, all feel a sense of belonging, and all can develop their true talents and purpose.”

The highlight of the morning was hearing two students from each division – Rose Partow ’33, Edward Meng ’33, Colin Pan ’30, Usha Sarvaiya ’30, Sydney Gold ’27, Mark Torpoco ’27, Lena Schulze ’23, and Jessica Cao ’24 –share their thoughts on the theme of Honor in their families, in their friendships, in school, and in the world. 

Eighth Grader Sydney Gold described Honor in school this way: “… Like Calvin Coolidge once said, ‘No person is honored for what they received. Honor is a reward for what they gave.’ Our school has given so much to every one of us that it truly deserves our respect. We as students use the knowledge, work ethic, and social skills we learn here at Viewpoint as the foundation that the rest of our lives will be built upon. I do my best to honor this school each and every day by trying my hardest in classes, being a good team member during sports, and being a student among students and a friend among friends.”

Convocation also offered the opportunity to announce seven awards for outstanding teaching, “recognizing excellence and contributions above and beyond our talented people.” Each recipient was nominated by their peers. The Handley Chair of American Studies was awarded to Nan Cohen. The William Turner Levy Chair for Inspired Teaching was awarded to Asif Azhar. The Second Levy Chair was awarded to Mary Jane Dority. The Spirit of Viewpoint Award was given to Nicki Thompson. The Excellence in Teaching awards were presented to Carrie Dietsch, Gemma Green, Craig Didden, and Lara Didden. Again, the joy in the room was palpable as each name was announced. 

The Convocation closed with a final and moving performance of Viewpoint’s Alma Mater by the Upper School Concert Choir. The students then set off for the day, eager and energized for the exciting school year ahead.

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Meet the College Counselors

Rhody Davis

Titles: Director of College Counseling

Manny Mohareb

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling

Tanaz Nourian

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling

Jamon Pulliam

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling

Kristen Saleen

Titles: Registrar and College Counseling Assistant