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College Counseling

The role of college counseling is to help students translate their unique abilities and interests into post-secondary education goals, and ultimately, satisfying careers.  It is our intent to provide students with the tools, resources, and individual support necessary to discover the colleges that best fit their skills and aspirations.  To that end, we help students understand the admission process, consider upper school curriculum options, research colleges, narrow their choices, and apply to a variety of suitable schools, all the while keeping in mind that the Lord has a plan for each of them.  We strive to make the process manageable, personal, and enjoyable for each family. 

Boasting an annual college acceptance rate of 100%, our students are offered admission to selective colleges and universities including Brown, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, UCLA, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Chicago, Wheaton, Davidson, Duke, UNC-CH, NC State, Wake Forest, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, Boston College and Villanova University.

St. David’s School is an institutional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and supports the membership policies and ethical principles included in their Statement of Principles of Good Practice.  Our students are encouraged to read and abide by the NACAC Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Counseling Outlines
Freshmen and Sophomores


Meet the Staff
Danna Markoff
Director of College Counseling
919-782-3331 ext.231

Jamie Martin
Assistant Director of College Counseling

Karen Barnes
Marketing Specialist, AP Testing Coordinator
919-782-3331 ext. 240
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AP Exam Pre-Registration and Exam Information
All students taking AP exams must attend a mandatory pre-registration meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 8:00 AM.  Seniors will meet in the
Concessions area.  Juniors and sophomores will meet in the Dining Hall. Please bring two #2 pencils with you.
AP Exams will be given at Church of the Apostles (CotA), 333 Church at North Hills Street, Raleigh.  Students should arrive early to get settled before the exams begin. Exams will begin promptly at 8 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM respectively.  Parking is not available at CotA.  Students either need to be dropped off at CotA fifteen minutes prior to the exam start time (7:45, 12:15 or 1:45 for Physics) or they can meet at St. David’s School by the flag pole for a 7:30 AM and 12:00 PM bus departure.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact college counseling. 

Elite Colleges Host Road Shows in May
Please take a moment to view the opportunities for our students to meet with representatives from elite colleges and universities. Registration is recommended.  

Exploring College Options Information Session:   Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 PM

Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. At this event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.
The program starts promptly at 7:00pm. We suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.

Embassy Suites
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
Cary NC 27513
(919) 677-1840
Registration prior to the event is recommended. To register, please visit

Coast to Coast College Tour:  Monday, May 16 at 7:00 PM

The Coast to Coast College Tour is a joint travel partnership bringing together admissions representatives from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University. We travel together because each of our institutions practices a holistic admissions process in a highly selective environment. This program will provide you with the opportunity to learn about each individual institution, receive insight on navigating the selective admissions process, and the ability to connect with representatives from each institution.

Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center

4700 Emperor Blvd
Durham, NC 27703

Registration prior to the event is recommended. To register, please visit

Caltech, MIT, Pomona, and Yale Spring Road Trip:  Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM

This program is a local meeting hosted by Caltech, MIT, Pomona, and Yale. This event will be a terrific opportunity to learn about each of our institutions and to discuss current issues in selective college admissions - including financial aid, residential and student life, research opportunities, athletics recruitment and other areas of interest.

North Carolina School of Science and Math
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Registration prior to the event is recommended.  To register, please visit

Check out the April Collegebeat!
Please take a moment to view this month's Collegebeat. Enjoy!
College Counseling Events
AP Chemistry Exam
8:00 AM

AP Environmental Science Exam
8:00 AM

AP Psychology Exam
12:30 PM

AP Spanish Language Exam
8:00 AM
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