College Advising

img_1141Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is that each student takes an individual path, so unique advising is paramount.  Our advising program is tailored to meet each student’s needs, goals, and aspirations.  With that in mind, we encourage each student to strive for the most competitive and challenging post –secondary option within their context.  We understand that some students have interests that will propel them onto a traditional two- or four-year college track while others may choose to pursue interests better served through non-traditional post-secondary options such as gap year programs and/or work.  As a result of the support and preparation available to each student, Bayhill hopes to create an application process that is thoughtful, reflective, and exciting – rather than one riddled with anxiety, fear, and dread. img_1125

Learning About College and Transitions

During their Bayhill career, students are exposed to life beyond Bayhill as a regular part of the school culture.  Within the context of the classroom, students learn about A – G requirements (coursework required for students to be eligible to apply to the California State and University systems), understand how to look at and interpret their transcripts, have access to SAT/ACT preparation, take the PSAT, take the Strong Interest Inventory to learn about their possible career interests, ct8reflect upon their own college readiness, learn how to write a personal statement, understand the basics of the laws that affect people with disabilities in higher education, just to name a few.

Additionally, Bayhill hosts numerous college and program representatives so that students are exposed to a variety of programs and post-secondary options.   In the fall each year, Bayhill hosts a comprehensive College/Transition Fair where representatives from colleges, art schools, independent living programs, and work and Gap Year programs are available to speak with students and their families about the various options available for post-high school life.

Here are some feedback from the participants:

“Thanks Rebecca…we met a lot of great kids and connected with some other providers which was great too. Please keep us on your list for next year!” -New Directions for Youth

“Thanks for much for thinking of the Academy of Art University for your College Fair. I had a great time talking to the different students.” -Academy of Art University

“Thank you so much for having us.  It was a delight to be there and meet your wonderful students.” -Leap Now! Gap Year Program

“It was a good experience for me. Several of the parents thanked me for being there.” -Department of Rehabilitation

“It was my pleasure. And I’d be happy to speak to parents about our services in an upcoming meeting. Thank you for inviting me and for the follow up. Hopefully we’ll find a time that works soon.” -San Francisco State University


Including Families in Post-Secondary Decisions

In addition to what goes on within the classroom for all students, Juniors and Seniors and their families meet individually with the College Advisor both during the Junior year and throughout their Senior year to put together a comprehensive and realistic plan for life after Bayhill. Depending on their goals and aspirations, students may work more closely either with the College Advisor or the Transition Coordinator to ensure that they have the ongoing, appropriate support necessary to make a smooth transition from Bayhill to life after Bayhill.

Class of 2016 Post High School Plans

Important Dates for Juniors & Seniors


Applying To College

Financial Aid

What Data do Applications Provide on the FAFSA

PPY Easy Explanation


  • SAT & ACT:

SAT & ACT Comparison

Sweeping Changes to SAT & ACT Accommodations


  • College Program Highlights:

University of San Francisco