College Planning and Success

We believe every student should be ready for college, even if they ultimately choose to enter the workforce or take a gap year.

Danville supports our student’s college and career needs and interests beginning in middle school, through conversations in Advisory, partnership with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, college campus visits, SAT Prep class and assistance with the application process.

Some resources we use:

  • “Big Futures” by the College Board (click here)
  • College Navigator by VSAC (click here)
  • VSAC representative in the building once a week to meet with students and hold informational meetings for parents.

What we talk to our students about:

  • Career interests and requirements, beginning in 7th and 8th  grade
  • Exploration of majors, colleges, locations in 9th and 10th grade
  • SAT Course, creating a pool of choices, campus visits in 11th grade
  • Applying for financial aid, essay organization and writing, applications and interview prep in 12th grade

Where we go:

  • Women Can Do – Vermont Works for Women
  • Try a Career Day
  • College Visits (including an overnight to Boston in May 2017!)

A list of all of our college and career preparedness activities can be found by clicking here. 


We are always working to improve our counseling and advisory programs. In part, we rely on the VSAC Senior Survey data each year, particularly these two questions:

“My high school provided the information and assistance to continue my education.”

Class of 2016: 79% agreed or strongly agreed

Class of 2014: 53% agreed or strongly agreed

“My high school helped in learning the skills needed to be successful in work or college.”

Class of 2016: 70% agreed or strongly agreed

Class of 2014: 25% agreed or strongly agreed

Our goal is 100%!!

The 2016 Danville In-School Senior Survey is available in full here.

A sample of the schools our graduates have attended or been accepted to in the past twenty years:

American University of Paris   Paris, France

Arizona State University     Tempe, Arizona

Averett Univeristy    Danville, Virginia

Bard College    Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Bates College   Lewiston, Maine

Berklee College of Music    Boston, Massachusetts

Castleton State College    Castleton, Vermont

Community College of Vermont

Colby College      Waterville, Maine

Champlain College      Burlington, Vermont

Colby Sawyer College      New London, New Hampshire

Dairyland Hoof Care Institute       Barraboo, Wisconsin

Dartmouth University      Hanover, New Hampshire

Duke University       Durham, North Carolina

Duquesne University      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eckherd College      St. Petersburg, Florida

Emmanuel College      Boston, Massachusetts

Florida Gulf Coast University       Fort Myers, Florida

Hamilton College     Clinton, New York

Harvard University       Cambridge, Massachusetts

James Madison University     Harrisonburg, Virginia

Johnson State College       Johnson, Vermont

Keene State College       Keene, New Hampshire

King’s College        Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Lyndon State College       Lyndonville, Vermont

Middlebury College       Middlebury, Vermont

Massachussetts Institute of Technology       Boston, Massachusetts

Mitchell College      New London, Connecticut

Mount Holyoke College      Holyoke, Massachusetts

New College of Florida        Sarasota, Florida

New Hampshire Technical College      Concord, New Hampshire

Norwich University     Norwich, Vermont

Oxford University        Oxford, United Kingdom

Paul Smith’s College         Paul Smiths, New York

Plymouth State University      Plymouth, New Hampshire

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute     Troy, New York

Rhode Island School of Design      Providence, Rhode Island

Saint Michael’s College      Colchester, Vermont

Salve Regina University         Newport, Rhode Island

San Diego State University        San Diego, California

Smith College        Northampton, Massachusetts

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary        Louisville, Kentucky

St. Joseph’s College       Standish, Maine

St. Lawrence College         Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Syracuse University         Syracuse, New York

Thomas College           Waterville, Maine

Tufts University          Medford, Massachusetts

University of Alaska     Fairbanks, Alaska

University of Hartford     West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Maine        Farmington, Maine

University of New England          Portland, Maine

University of New Hampshire        Durham, New Hampshire

University of Notre Dame        South Bend, Indiana

University of Vermont        Burlington, Vermont

Vermont Law School          Royalton, Vermont

Vermont Technical College        Randolph Center, Vermont

Webster University         Webster Groves, Missouri