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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 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 integral 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 our 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


    2021-2022 School Year  



    September - November

    • Meet with our director of college guidance to discuss college list and complete applications
    • Attend virtual information sessions and tours
    • Create online applications (Common App, SUNY app, and CUNY app, and
      other non-Common App school apps)
    • Schedule interviews at potential schools, if possible
    • Arrange interview when required and recommended
    • Contact Financial Aid offices as appropriate
    • Write personal statement with our college guidance counselor and English teacher

    Thursday, September 30

    • College Night for Parents – 6:00 p.m. (speak with our director of college guidance in advance)

    Friday, October 15

    • Recommendation request deadline for students applying Early Action/Decision

    Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24

    • ACT for students with accommodations given at Beekman

    Sunday, November 1

    • Early Decision/Early Action deadline for some colleges

    Saturday-Sunday, November 6-8

    • SAT for students with accommodations given at Beekman

    Monday, November 15

    • Recommendation request deadline for students applying Regular Decision applicants
    • Early Decision/Early Action deadline for some colleges

    Tuesday, November 30

    • University of California applications due

    Saturday, January 1

    • Majority of Regular Decision applications due
    • CUNY applications due February 1

    March & April

    • Colleges send out admissions decisions. See our director of college guidance to make final college choice

    Saturday, May 1

    • Deposit deadline for the college you will attend. Once the deposit is made, decline your acceptances at other colleges

    Wednesday, June 9                      

    • Graduation rehearsal, 3:30 p.m.
    • Senior Dinner, 7:30 p.m.

    Thursday, June 10

    • Graduation, 7:00 p.m.

    June 15 - June 30

    • Final transcripts sent to colleges


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


  • Parents’ College Evening

    A Parents’ College Evening, hosted by the director of college guidance and the Head of School, is held each fall for the parents of seniors and each spring for the parents of juniors. This informative, interactive session provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the current college admissions environment.

  • Senior Profile

    Score Distributions (Due to COVID, students in the Class of 2021 were largely unable to test, so the Class of 2020 is the most recent, significant data set.)

    SAT Summary
    Math Total
    The Beekman School 600 600 1200
    National Average 531 528 1059
    ACT Summary
      Composite English Math Reading Science
    The Beekman School 22 22 22 23 22
    National Average 21 20 20 21 21
    2020 Senior Class Statistics
    Number in Class 22
    College Acceptance 100%
    4 Year College 95%
    2 Year College 5%
    PG Year 15%*
    Other 0%

    *This number reflects students who were accepted into college and choseto defer for a year.

    College Acceptances, Classes 2013-2021 (partial list)

    • Academy of Art University
    • American University
    • American University of Paris
    • Arizona State University
    • Art Institute of California, San Francisco
    • Bard College
    • Bennington College
    • Berklee College of Music
    • Boston College
    • Boston University
    • Bryant University
    • Bryn Mawr College
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Chapman University
    • Clark University
    • College of the Atlantic
    • Connecticut College
    • Cornell University
    • CUNY:
      • Baruch
      • Brooklyn College
      • Hunter
      • John Jay
      • Queens
    • DePaul University
    • Dickinson College
    • Drew University
    • Drexel University
    • Duke University
    • East Stroudsburg University
    • Emerson College
    • Eugene Lang/New School
    • Fordham University
    • Franklin & Marshall College
    • Green Mountain College
    • Hampshire College
    • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    • Hofstra University
    • Indiana University
    • Ithaca College
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Johnson & Wales University
    • Lafayette College
    • Loyola University, Maryland
    • Mannes College of Music
    • Marymount Manhattan College
    • McGill University
    • Muhlenberg College
    • New York University
    • Northeastern University
    • Occidental College
    • Pace University
    • Parsons School of Design
    • Penn State
    • Pratt Institute
    • Quinnipac University
    • Rhode Island School of Design
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Rutgers University
    • Sacred Heart University
    • San Francisco State University
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • School of Visual Arts
    • Skidmore College
    • Smith College
    • Southern Methodist University
    • St. John's University
    • St. Thomas Aquinas College
    • SUNY:
      • Binghamton
      • Cobleskil
      • 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 Maryland, College Park
    • University of Massachusetts
      • Amherst
      • Lowell
    • University of New Hampshire
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Rhode Island
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of St. Andrews
    • University of Vermont
    • Vassar College
    • Villanova University
    • Wesleyan University
    • Wheaton College
    • Whittier College

    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 personalized 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 Middle States Association and registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. In addition, Beekman is a member of the College Entrance Examination Board and the Educational Records Bureau.

    The Tutoring School is a unique program within The Beekman School that 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. The Beekman School offers four approved AP Courses, three of which are available to seniors. The faculty at The Beekman School has also developed many interesting and challenging elective courses such as Psychology, Ecology, 3D Graphics Production, App Development, Creative Writing, Modern Politics, International Politics, Digital Photography, Coding, Electronics, Forensics, Philosophy, Film & Filmmaking, and Astronomy. In addition to the wide variety of courses offered at Beekman, students may enroll in elective courses at outside institutions such as Turtle Bay Music School, the International Center of Photography, FIT, the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. 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 director of college guidance is highly experienced in college placement. Beekman's director is trained to offer assistance based on several factors, including a student’s GPA, test scores, and individualized school curriculum. College admissions plans are developed 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.


Our Students Place into a Variety of Top Colleges

Following our college placement program, the majority of Beekman students go on to pursue degrees at a variety of top colleges each year. We are proud of our Beekman graduates and always excited to see them take the next step in their academic careers.

Where Our Class of 2021 Graduates Are Headed