Sequoia High School

Thank you, thank you...

Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful schools we visited on our swing through the West Coast:

Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon

Woodside High School in Woodside, California

Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California

Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California

Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California

It was a pleasure and honor to speak with your students and parents!

With special thanks to Kathleen Grant, Director of College Counseling at Catlin Gabel School; Principal Diane Burbank of Woodside High School; Charlene Margot, Parent Education Director for Sequoia, Woodside and Menlo-Atherton High Schools; Alice Kleeman, college advisor at Menlo-Atherton High School; and Brentwood School Head of School Michael Riera and Director of College Counseling Dr. Jawaan Wallace and Associate Directors of Counseling Eric Sherman and Sonia Arora.


Who fares best in applying to college?

Earlier this week, a student from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, wrote a column for with a refrain familiar to many—a lament for the more carefree days before the pressure and stress of preparing to apply to college seemed to take over her life. "It seems like everything I do, sign up for, and participate in is because it somehow will look good on my college application. I volunteer for just about as much as I can muster. I am trying to find my ‘angle’…" Dearborn wrote. Alice Kleeman, who heads the College and Career Center at Menlo-Atherton High School in neighboring Atherton, California, was struck by the column and emailed us her thoughts. We couldn't have said it better, so we wanted to share her response with you: "It makes me sad when students believe that to be admitted to college they must try to become someone other than who they truly are.