Highly-personalized College Counseling is the capstone of the Head-Royce student’s journey.

Preparing students to thrive in college and beyond...

The College Counseling team works closely with students and families, getting to know them as unique individuals, with the goal of seeing each student matriculate to a school at which they can thrive based on their specific abilities, personalities, needs, and aspirations.

The main goals of our comprehensive College Counseling program are to:

  • support students in the introspective process of identifying their academic and personal interests, strengths, and goals
  • help students hone in on the right match amidst nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world
  • assist students in submitting applications that represent their very best work, including building a strong resumé, developing interview skills and crafting a compelling personal statement
  • teach life skills that will allow students to succeed in college and beyond, including managing a complex process
  • enter college feeling confident and with a deeper understanding of themselves and whom they hope to become

Our overarching priority is to encourage students to invest fully in the Upper School.

We know that the most successful college students are those who spend high school fully engaged in their academic work and involved in their communities.

College Application Timeline: What to Expect

About Our Team

Our team members have served on admission committees across selective institutions and are experienced in helping students identify the criteria they want in a college community and how to present themselves fully, authentically and confidently in the application.

CCO Speaker Series

The CCO team and special guest speakers answer families' questions about course selection, standardized testing, and other important college application topics.

Upcoming CCO Events

Meet Our Team

Tania Castro Brandt
Director of College Counseling
 (510) 531-1300 x2476

Hayley Shapland
Associate Director of College Counseling
(510) 531-1300 x2519

Kora Shin
Associate Director of College Counseling
(510) 531-1300 x2508

Brittany Pruim
College Counseling Associate and Upper School Registrar
(510) 531-1300 x2325