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Offering excellent academic preparation in a supportive environment, Fort Worth Country Day has been preparing its graduates for college success for 50 years.

Because FWCD students are challenged to think critically and write analytically, they enter college confident in their skills, and are more prepared than many of their peers to take full advantage of the collegiate experience. The school’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum includes a wide selection of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Outside the classroom, FWCD students are encouraged to find their passion among the school’s broad athletic, visual and performing arts and community service opportunities.

At FWCD, the College Counseling Office is dedicated to making the transition from high school to college a smooth and enjoyable experience. The primary goal of the office is to provide support for all students, helping each one find his or her appropriate match. The college counselors work closely with juniors and seniors starting at the beginning of the junior year with a weekly college counseling class. Topics of discussion include understanding admission selectivity, writing college essays and applying for scholarships. “We expect our students to be knowledgeable and ready to navigate the college process no matter where they choose to apply,” says Kristin Vaughn, director of college counseling.

Traditionally, 100 percent of FWCD graduates attend four-year colleges and universities. Students who stay in Texas have acceptance rates far exceeding the levels set by in-state institutions.

From the Ivy League to Oberlin’s conservatory of music to top private liberal arts colleges around the country, FWCD students’ acceptances demonstrate an outstanding level of preparation, plus an ability to contribute positively to their campus and, ultimately, to their world.

Meet the College Counseling Staff
Ms. Kristin Vaughn
Director of College Counseling
(817) 302-3233
Year Appointed: 2005
The college admission process is truly a journey--one in which careful research and thoughtful discussion seem to be in direct proportion with a lowered level of stress on behalf of both students and parents alike.

My past service on the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Board of Directors exposed me to the issues affecting college admission and allowed me to contribute my voice to decision-making for the profession. As a result, I have become a stronger advocate for all students.

At Country Day, I have the privilege of working with wonderfully talented young people. Students energize me, and I am sincerely committed to helping them pursue their individual academic goals. Just as I counsel them to find the right match in their college decision-making process, I have found my match in coming to Country Day!

Ms. Abby Noel
Associate Director of College Counseling
(817) 302-3231
Year Appointed: 2011
I am thrilled to be part of the Fort Worth Country Day community. Having worked in undergraduate admissions and as a college counselor, I find great enjoyment working in a high school because I feel like I am truly working for the students. The energy of the our Falcon students and the strong sense of community at Country Day make for a wonderful environment that I am happy to be part of every day.
When I worked in admissions, I found that my favorite moments were when I could speak candidly with students about the college search process, separate from my institutional affiliation. I enjoyed helping those students see the bigger picture of the college search process and reassuring them that, if they approached the process with enthusiasm, dedication, and an open mind, they could have many exciting options and a positive experience.

Now that I am able to devote my full focus to these college counseling conversations with students and families, my message is the same: with careful research and thoughtful self-reflection, the college search process can be interesting, fun, and rewarding. I look forward to helping students and families in that journey.

Mrs. Terri Hutton
College Counseling Assistant and AP Administrator
(817) 302-3246
Year Appointed: 2004
For the past five years, I have served as College Counseling Assistant in the FWCD College Counseling Office.  Two enjoyable aspects of my job include coordinating the FWCD College Day fair and serving as AP testing administrator, but working with students in the college application process has been the most rewarding.  Helping students realize their dreams makes me proud to be a part of this remarkable community.

I hold professional memberships in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC).