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We offer a student-centered college guidance program that builds upon the personal and academic advising given throughout a student’s 14 years at LREI. The program begins informally when students arrive in the Ninth Grade. The Director of College Guidance meets with the grade twice every year, through fall trimester of their junior year, to give an overview of the process. This includes academic and extracurricular advice, test planning and general college information.

During spring trimester, eleventh graders begin the College Guidance Seminar, a weekly seminar class that provides step-by-step guidance through the application process. Students also participate in a series of individual conferences to develop prospective college lists. Additionally, juniors take an SAT test preparation course in the spring and several trips to visit college campuses. The College Guidance Seminar continues through the first trimester of senior year, when students complete and submit their applications.
Standardized Testing Program
Each year students prepare and take a number of College Board and ACT standardized examinations:
  • PLAN Test (Tenth Grade)
  • PSAT (Tenth and Eleventh Grades)
  • SAT Reasoning Test (Eleventh and Twelfth Grades)
  • The SAT Subject Tests in a variety of disciplines, formerly known as achievement tests (usually taken in Eleventh or Twelfth Grades)
  • Advanced Placement Examinations (Usually taken Eleventh or Twelfth Grades)
LREI helps students develop an individualized testing plan for College Board and ACT-administered standardized tests. The Director of College Guidance, in conjunction with the College Guidance Associate and the faculty, helps students identify and prepare for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP exams that best fit their college goals. Each department prepares students for SAT Subject Tests in the classroom. Additional test preparation classes are organized when there is sufficient interest. Parents should contact the Director of Academic Support regarding policies governing extended time for standardized testing. Advanced Placement Examinations are offered in May. Usually preparation for AP Exams is conducted through the review class format, which supplements regular curriculum.
Meet Our Team
Carey Socol
Director of College Guidance
212-477-5316, ext.324
Hunter College - B.A.
NYU - M.A.
Carey joined us in the fall of 2010 after completing 10 years as a guidance counselor and college advisor at Hunter College High School. She did her initial training at Stuyvesant High School and the former MS 44 on the Upper West Side. Prior to her work in college guidance, Carey had a career in the music industry, where she spent five years working in marketing and promotion. Over the years, Carey has been involved in a breadth of professional development activities including the Cornell College Selection Institute and the Harvard Summer Institute for College Admissions. She is also a member of several key college counseling associations including CANNY, NACAC and ACCIS. Outside of LREI, Carey spends time with her two children, and trains regularly for marathons. To date, she has completed 30 marathons with the goal of running a marathon in all 50 states in support of Every Mother Counts.

Kellen O'Gara
Assistant Director, College Guidance
212-477-5316 x383
Boston College - B.A.
Harvard Graduate School of Education - M.Ed.
Kellen joined LREI in 2013 from the NYU Stern School of Business, where she served as the Assistant Director of Dean's Office Affairs & Undergraduate Initiatives and worked closely with NYU Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Engagement. She is an active member of college counseling associations CANNY, NACAC, and ACCIS, and attended the 2013 Harvard Summer Institute for College Admissions. Kellen earned her M.Ed. at Harvard Graduate School of Education with a specialization in Arts in Education, and is in the process of completing her M.S. in School Counseling at Hunter College.