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College Placement Programs for High School Students

College Prep

The Beekman School offers an intensive college placement program for high school students who plan to pursue a higher education. We develop individualized strategies for seniors as they complete their college preparatory educations. Our college placement counselor assists students as they navigate the planning and application process for a university or college. We work with our junior and senior high school students as they take their college prep classes to maximize their potential for success following graduation. A primary goal of our school’s college placement program is to help parents and seniors understand the increasing unpredictability of admissions and the pressures that accompany this process. We provide a personalized plan to guide each student in selecting and applying to a college that will best match their expectations. Since parents are integral to this plan, we encourage them to attend our College Evening in the fall.

  • Placement Process

    Each year, approximately 98 percent of the Beekman graduating class attends college. We play an active role in making this happen.

    Communication is the key to success in college placement. Contact between the Beekman college counselor, students and college placement offices is ongoing. Our mission is to oversee the entire application process in a personalized manner to ensure the timely submission of complete, well-organized and high-quality applications that will achieve successful outcomes. 

    Questions about Beekman’s College Placement Program can be directed to collegeguidance@beekmanschool.org.

  • One-On-One Support

    Our formal placement program begins with seniors meeting one-on-one throughout the fall with our experienced, highly-skilled college counselor. These meetings cover a wide range of topics, including student interests, abilities, GPA and testing, as well as overall college objectives and future plans. Based on this input, the college counselor is able to offer seasoned advice regarding potential college choices. Follow-up conferences are scheduled to continuously refine the emerging list of choices and then walk each student through every step along the application path.

    Each student is guided through the process of obtaining letters of recommendation. Applications from each college are reviewed by the counselor, and oversight is provided in completing the forms and assuring timely submittal. In addition, Beekman English teachers work with their students in preparing a final draft of the essay required for most college applications.

    Although each student takes primary responsibility for application submittal, Beekman’s personalized support also extends to the family. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the process through ongoing contact with the college counselor by phone, email or in-person meetings.

  • Important Dates


    2016-2017 School Year  



    September, October, November

    • Research colleges; create login and password for Common Applicationn SUNY application, and CUNY application. Start applications online

    • Visit colleges and arrange interviews if possible

    • Contact Financial Aid offices as appropriate

    • Write college essay (final copy due: Novemeber 15th)

    September - November 14

    Write college essays (your English teacher will assign the essay as a course requirement) and leave the final copy with Scott Steinberg

    September 16

    Registration Deadline for Oct 22 ACT

    September 19 - October 14

    Meet with Kristin Schmidt for individual college meeting

    September 20

    (Late) Registration deadline for Oct. 1 SAT I & II

    September 21

    Register for all necessary online application: Common Applicationn, SUNY application, and CUNY application.

    September - November 14

    Write college essays (your English teacher will assign the essay as a course requirement) and leave the final copy with Scott Steinberg 

    October 1

    SAT I & II

    October 6

    Parents’ College Night – 6:00 p.m.

    October 7

    Registration deadline for the November 5 SAT I & II

    October 22


    November 1

    Early decision/early action applications to most colleges must be submitted (the date may vary)

    November 2

    Request two teachers write a "Letter of Recommendation" for you

    November 3

    Registration deadline for the December 3 SAT I & II

    November 4

    Registration deadline for the December 10 ACT

    November 5

    SAT I & II (and Double Time SAT I given at Beekman)

    November 15

    Final copy of college essay submitted to Kristin Schmidt

    Novermber 18

    Received two letters of recommendation from teachers

    December 1

    If your application deadline is anytime in January, you must give everything to Kristin Schmidt by this date

    December 3

    SAT I & II

    December 10


    December 21

    Registration deadline for the January 21 SAT I & II

    January 8

    If your application deadline is later than January 31, you must give everything to Kristin Schmidt by this date

    January 13

    Registration deadline for February 11 ACT (not offered in NY for this exam date)

    January 19-29

    Mid-Year Exams

    January 23

    SAT I & II

    February 6-10

    Mid-year transcript will be sent this week to all of the colleges to which you applied  Your application folder is now complete

    February 11

    ACT (not offered in NY for this exam date)

    March and April

    Colleges will be contacting you with their admission decision

    May 1

    • Contact all of the colleges you were accepted to and inform them of your enrollment status

    • Let George Higgins or Kirstin Schmidt know your final decision and where you want your final transcript sent

    June 14                      

    Graduation rehearsal, 3:30 p.m.

    Senior Dinner, 7:30 p.m.

    June 15

    Graduation, 7:00 p.m.


    Please Note: The Beekman School’s CEEB code is 334095


  • Parents’ College Evening

    A Parents’ College Evening, hosted by the college guidance counselor and the headmaster, is held each fall for the parents of seniors and features a guest speaker from the admissions office of a nearby university. This informative, interactive session provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the current college admissions environment.

  • Senior Profile

    Score Distributions

    SAT I: Reasoning Test
    Score Math Writing
    1 700-800 5 --
    4 600-690 3 2
    8 500-590 7 10
    6 400-490 8 6
    6 <400 2 6
    SAT Summary
    Math Writing
    The Beekman School 500 552 493
    2016 Total Group College-Bound Seniors 494 508 482
    Senior Class Statistics
    Number in Class 29
    4 Year College 90%
    2 Year College 7%
    PG Year 0
    Other 3%

    College Acceptances, Classes 2013-2016 (partial list)

    • Academy of Art University
    • American University
    • American University of Rome
    • Arizona State University
    • Art Institute of California San Francisco
    • Bard College
    • Bennington College
    • Berklee College of Music
    • Boston College
    • Boston University
    • Brandeis University
    • Bryn Mawr College
    • Clark University
    • California College of the Arts
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • CUNY:
      • Baruch
      • Brooklyn College
      • City College
      • Hunter
      • John Jay
      • Lehman
    • Clark University
    • Curry College
    • DePaul University
    • Dickinson College
    • Drew University
    • Drexel University
    • Duke University
    • East Stroudsburg University
    • Eckerd University
    • Emerson College
    • Eugene Lang/New School
    • Fairfield University
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • Fordham University
    • Franklin & Marshall College
    • Goldsmiths University of London
    • Green Mountain College
    • Hampshire College
    • Hartwick College
    • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    • Hofstra University
    • Indiana University
    • Ithaca College
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Johnson & Wales University
    • Lehigh University
    • Loyola University, Chicago
    • Mannes College of Music
    • Marymount Manhattan College
    • McGill University
    • Mount St. Mary's University
    • Muhlenberg College
    • New England College
    • New York University
    • Northeastern University
    • Occidental College
    • Pace University
    • Parsons School of Design
    • Penn State
    • Pratt Institute
    • Rhode Island School of Design
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Roger Williams College
    • Rollins College
    • Rutgers University
    • Sacred Heart University
    • San Francisco State University
    • Santa Monica College
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • School of Visual Arts
    • Sienna College
    • Smith College
    • Southern Methodist University
    • St. John's University
    • St. Joseph's University
    • St. Thomas Aquinas College
    • SUNY:
      • Albany
      • Binghamton
      • Brockport
      • Buffalo
      • Fashion Institute of Technology
      • Fredonia
      • New Paltz
      • Oneonta
      • Oswego
      • Purchase
    • Syracuse University
    • Temple University
    • Union College
    • University of California
      • Davis
      • Santa Barbara
    • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Hartford
    • University of Johannesburg
    • University of Maryland, College Park
    • University of Massachusetts
      • Amherst
      • Dartmouth
    • University of Miami
    • University of New Hampshire
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Rhode Island
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of St. Andrews
    • University of Tampa
    • University of Vermont
    • Vassar College
    • Villanova University
    • Washington College
    • Wells College
    • Wesleyan University
    • Wheaton College
    • Whittier College
    • Yale University

    School Profile

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    The Beekman School

    George Matthew founded The Beekman School/The Tutoring School in 1925.  The school was organized to offer a preparatory-school curriculum with all the advantages of highly individualized instruction.  Since no two students have the same abilities, learning issues, or goals, teaching is geared specifically to the needs of the individual student.  In addition to having small classes, The Beekman School combines a traditional, college-preparatory academic education with a flexible yet structured approach.  The Beekman School is accredited by the Middles States Association, registered by the New York State Education Department, and is a member of the College Entrance Examination Board and the Educational Records Bureau.

    The Tutoring School is a program within The Beekman School.  The program specializes in educating students who require private or semiprivate classes.  The Tutoring School teaches college-level courses as well as standard and remedial courses. Generally, incoming students follow The Beekman School’s college-preparatory curriculum and receive credit from The Beekman School.

    Academic Program

    The requirements of the New York State Education Department form the core of the curriculum at The Beekman School/The Tutoring School.  It is strongly advised, however, that students exceed these requirements, especially in the areas of mathematics, the sciences, and humanities.  In addition to the requirements, The Beekman School faculty has developed many interesting and challenging elective courses.  Some of these are Psychology, Ecology, 3D Graphics Production, App Development, Creative Writing, Modern Politics, International Politics, Digital Photography, Coding, Electronics, Forensics, Philosophy, Film & Filmmaking, and Astronomy.  Students also participate in after-school activities, such the literary magazine, yearbook projects, and volunteer programs.  Students can elect to study music, dance, or art through programs around the city and receive Beekman credit for their work.  Beekman students also participate in after-school activities such as the literary magazine, yearbook projects, student council and volunteer programs.

    GPA and Class Rank

    The grade point average reported by The Beekman School is a three-year cumulative average for the students’ first 3 years (six semesters) of high school. The average is not weighted; each grade receives equal weight. The Beekman School / The Tutoring School does not rank.

College Placement Counseling and Admissions Planning in High School

Our skilled advisor provides Beekman students with proactive college placement counseling in high school, delivering assistance during every phase of the application process. As a top college preparatory school in New York, our guidance counselor is highly experienced in college placement. This counselor is trained to offer assistance based on several factors, including a student’s GPA, test scores, and individualized school curriculum. He develops college admissions plans on behalf of our upperclassmen to ensure the students meet all deadlines and submit quality applications. Approximately 98 percent of Beekman graduates go on to attend college. Contact us to find out more.