College Counseling



Woodlands’ College Counseling Program is committed to helping students make informed choices regarding their post-high school plans. Through individual meetings, college skills classes, information sessions, and workshops, we encourage students to discover the best about themselves and to research the opportunities available to them. Most important to this College Decision-Making Process is self-evaluation. When a student knows herself, she is able to make appropriate decisions about her future.

Our College Counseling Program stresses personal and interactive communication among students, parents, and counselors. Parents are encouraged to participate in all individual conferences and to attend special college counseling programs for parents.

Family Connection, an internet-driven college counseling program, enables students to manage the college search process electronically. Students can track their test data and grade point averages, research colleges, examine their admissibility using Woodlands’ historical data, and access our college visit calendar.

Meet Our College Counselor

Mr. Michael Ford

Mr. Michael Ford

College Counselor
BS, Michigan State University
MA, Wayne State University

Mr. Ford began his career as an admission counselor for his alma mater. He soon discovered that his favorite part of his work was helping students find the right college fit. He most enjoys getting to know his students and hopes he can be a positive presence for them as they narrow down their college options. In 2014, Mr. Ford was awarded the James A. Alexander Newcomer Award from Illinois Association of College Admission Counselors. Mr. Ford has been at Woodlands Academy since 2016.