College and academic advising

College advising services at Geneva are designed to help students and parents make informed, mature decisions regarding course selections, work load and college applications. Geneva’s full-time College and Academic Adviser Shelly Ward considers it a privilege to help students navigate the college admissions process and to discover the gifts and abilities God has given them. Guided by our philosophy below, Shelly walks students and their parents through this process to discover which university might help to bring out the best in them.

College Advising Philosophy

College Advising at Geneva School of Boerne starts with the understanding that every student is made in imago dei – created in the image of God. The purpose of the College Advising office is to partner with students and their families to help identify the students’ God-given giftings and aspirations and to help match the students to the colleges that best fit their academic, career and spiritual goals.

Our process is guided by scripture, with an emphasis on Psalm 139. Through scripture, we know the following truths about God and His role over our process:

God’s Design

God knit you together – Psalm 139:13

God’s Sovereignty

God ordains all your days – Psalm 139:16

God has prepared you to do good works – Ephesians 2:10

God’s Peace

God knows your heart – Psalm 139:23

God’s peace guards your heart and mind – Philippians 4:7

God’s Glory

Not to you but to God’s name be the glory – Psalm 115:1

You have been made for the good of others and to reflect God’s glory. Your life is in His gracious and capable hands. Knowing this means you can approach the college admission process with the peace that passes all understanding and the joy of discovery because living for His purposes is deeply satisfying. Having confidence that God individually cares for you means resting in knowing He is perfectly leading and guiding you and has a place for you in your next stage of life. This should change how you handle the fear, pressure and anxiety normally associated with this process.

College Advising Services

The College Advising office at Geneva School of Boerne partners with parents to prayerfully guide each student through the college admissions process. The office provides the following services to our rhetoric school students and their families:

College Forums

Throughout students’ time in the rhetoric school at Geneva School of Boerne, students and parents will be offered college forums. These night-time meetings are designed to educate students and parents on the various aspects of Rhetoric School academics and the college admissions process. Forums are held once a year in the spring for eighth though tenth grades, twice for juniors and once for seniors.

College Handbook

At the end of sophomore year, students receive the Geneva School of Boerne College Handbook to help guide them through the college process. The handbook contains timelines, best practices and tools to help guide students through the two-year process. Click the links below to view sample sections from the handbook.

Individual Family Meetings

During the spring of junior year, each family has the opportunity to meet individually with the College Advisor to discuss the student’s status and goals and to begin building a suitable college list for the student. The ideal list takes into consideration the student’s spiritual and personal development, academic standing and major/career aspirations as well as the family’s financial constraints.

Career/Major Exploration

During the junior year, the College Adviser leads students through the program titled “How to Pick a College Major” which was developed by Becky Preble. The program takes students through a no-nonsense approach to identify which college major best matches their interests, natural talents and values. The program includes an extended conversation between Becky Preble and each student and parent.

College Events

The College Advising Office facilitates student interaction with colleges, including university representative visits to Geneva, our annual on-site College Fair and student visits to universities.


Each rhetoric student at Geneva receives his or her own account for Scoir, our college and career readiness portal. Scoir offers extensive tools for personal assessment and for career and college matching. The College Advising Office will load each student’s GPA and test scores into Scoir, which can be used for comparison to admissions data at colleges of interest.