College Prep at the Best Private School in Southlake TX

At Clariden, It’s Personal

At Clariden, our College Prep program is as individualized as our curriculum. Being a small private school, we have the opportunity to work one-on-one with each junior and senior student as they work through the college research process. Our college counselors know their students: their aspirations, strengths, and uniqueness. Counselors offer personalized support to students and their families, meeting with them regularly and assisting them through the research and application process. Our goal is for each Clariden student to find and be admitted to a college or university that meets their personal interests and ambitions.

College Prep at Clariden

  • The college counseling process spans all four years of Upper School (9th-12th grade).
  • Parents and students learn about the college admissions process through parent and student educational meetings and presentations.
  • Clariden’s experienced educators/counselors meet individually with each student, providing customized guidance through the college selection and application process.
  • Clariden takes time with each student assuring they have a full understanding of the application process and various application tools used for submission.
  • College admissions officers are welcomed to campus (virtually or in person) to meet with our students.
  • Clariden aids students with finding and applying for scholarships.
  • Clariden’s curriculum requires students to take College Readiness courses in Grade 11 and Grade 12. 

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Alex Griffin

MS/US Educator & College Prep Counselor

College Readiness

College Readiness I – Taken Junior Year

  • Research colleges/universities and begin to identify and develop prospective colleges/universities they are interested in.
  • Students learn about the college selection and application process and do prep work for taking the ACT and SAT.
  • Students learn about the qualities of successful college students and do self-assessments to aid them in learning more about themselves and their interests.
  • Students are advised on how to schedule and approach campus visits.
  • Students practice interviewing skills, mock interviews and connecting with admission officers.

College Readiness II — Taken Senior Year

  • Students identify their list of colleges/universities that they will apply to.
  • They work on their college applications and essays during dedicated time in their weekly schedule.
  • They inventory and document their academic & extra-curricular accomplishments.
  • Student’s communication, writing, peer review, and editing skills are honed throughout their high school experience culminating in a robust preparation for college application essay writing and proofing.
  • They research and apply for scholarships.
  • They get set up with accounts on the admissions tools used by most higher educational institutions.
  • They learn skills needed for them to be successful in college.

College Representatives

As we partner together this fall to connect our students with you and your institutions, we are excited to host in-person visits and welcome you all back to campus. If your university is still restricting travel, we will be happy to arrange a virtual visit. To make an appointment, please call +1 682-237-0400.

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College Matriculation – Past 4 Years

  • American University, DC
  • Arcadia University, PA
  • Austin College, TX
  • Baylor University, TX
  • Bradley University, IL
  • California College of the Arts, CA
  • Clemson University, SC
  • Colorado State University, CO
  • Dallas Art Institute, TX
  • Eckerd College, FL
  • Elon University, NC
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ
  • George Washington University, DC
  • Hawaii Pacific University, HI
  • Hendrix College, AR
  • Iowa State University, IA
  • Kent State University, OH
  • Kettering University, MI
  • Miami University, OH
  • Northeastern University , MA
  • NYU Shanghai, China
  • Oklahoma State University, OK
  • Oregon University, OR
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Southern Methodist University, TX
  • Southwestern University, TX
  • Stephen F. Austin University, TX
  • SUNY Geneseo, TX
  • Texas A&M, TX
  • Texas Christian University, TX
  • Texas State University, TX
  • Texas Tech University, TX
  • U.S. Naval Academy, MD
  • University of Arizona, AZ
  • University of Arkansas, AR
  • University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
  • University of Colorado – Denver, CO
  • University of Denver, CO
  • University of Georgia, GA
  • University of Kansas, KS
  • University of Massachusetts, MA
  • University of Mississippi, MS
  • University of North Texas, TX
  • University of San Francisco, CA
  • University of Texas — Arlington, TX
  • University of Texas — Austin, TX
  • University of Washington, WA
  • Webster University – St. Louis, MO
  • Williamette University, OR