The philosophy of Milken stems from the idea that the world rests on three pillars: Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim. The Office of College Counseling and Academic Planning makes up a part of the pillar of Avodah, broadly translated as orientation or direction. The counselors begin working with students during the freshman year as they help each student navigate their final four years at Milken. Meetings during the freshman and sophomore year focus on involvement in school life, extracurricular activities, finding passions in the classroom, and the scheduling of classes. While these conversations continue during the junior and senior year, during junior year the college counseling program begins in earnest. The counselors help each student research and select colleges appropriate to his or her interests and demonstrated abilities, and assist with making the transition from a Jewish high school to a college or university environment. To that end, students are made aware of the opportunities available at each college to study, practice, and celebrate Judaism.

We firmly believe that success is not defined by the number of students who gain admission to a particular college or list of colleges, but by the appropriateness of each placement and the contributions our students make to the colleges which they attend. The college counselor, however, comprises only a portion of the pillar of Avodah. The rest of the pillar is held up by the students and their families, working together to provide the proper direction to find the place where an individual student's gifts will be most appreciated.

The Office of College Counseling & Academic Planning provides an exemplary curriculum that heightens and builds self-awareness, self-exploration, and self-expression among our students as they make the transition from high school to college, centered on the idea that the college search should be an overall learning and developmental process. As such, each student participates fully from practical, responsible, and ethical perspectives, which in turn awakens and supports students' realization of their greatest potential. Milken graduates experience great success and make meaningful and valuable contributions to their colleges and their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • When does academic planning officially begin?

    Academic planning begins in earnest during the fall of freshman year. College counselors visit ninth grade advisory groups with our Vatikim (twelfth grade student mentors) who begin working with the advisories at the start of the academic year. In these informal sessions, college counselors lead the Vatikim in a panel discussion touching on a broad range of topics ranging from the importance of academic performance to the benefits of building strong relationships with faculty and the ways in which students can become involved in activities both in and out of Milken.

    Later on during the year, college counselors will meet individually with each freshman student in 30-minute academic advising meetings. At these meetings a four-year course plan for each student is created, freshmen register for sophomore year courses, and a discussion about extracurricular involvement and community service occurs.

    Academic planning meetings during sophomore and junior year will take place with each student and their assigned college counselor prior to course registration for the following year.
  • When does college counseling officially begin?

    Actually, preparation for college begins when students enroll at Milken. Milken is a values-based and challenging college preparatory school with a rigorous dual curriculum grounded in academic and Judaic studies. Simply by attending Milken, students will be academically eligible for admission to any college or university and well prepared for success once they get there.

    College counseling actively begins during sophomore year when college counselors meet with students in their advisory groups to facilitate discussions about topics related to the college application and admission process. We also host a meeting for Grade 10 parents during first semester to introduce the college counseling program.

    Beginning in Grade 11, students and parents meet individually with their counselor to customize an effective and personal approach to finding the most suitable post graduation plan. In addition, juniors and seniors, along with their parents, follow a curriculum of group sessions, workshops, special programs, and individual meetings, all designed to usher them through the process. In Grade 11 we focus on the college search; in Grade 12 we focus on the college application.
  • What are the features of the college counseling program at Milken?

    The Office of College Counseling & Academic Planning provides an exemplary curriculum that heightens and builds self-awareness, self-exploration, and self-expression among our students as they make the transition from high school to college or other post-secondary options. The program is centered on the idea that the college search should be educational and developmental. We empower each student to participate fully from practical, responsible, and ethical perspectives.

    Four full-time college counselors, with a wide range of experience and expertise as guidance and college admissions professionals, personally guide students and families through the college search and application process.

    Representatives and guest speakers from colleges, universities, and other educational organizations visit Milken regularly to meet with our students and present information at various events. We also alert students and parents to other events scheduled throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

    In addition, we maintain a schedule of cutting edge programming that consists of:
    • PSAT testing during Grade 10 and 11
    • College counseling group sessions starting in the fall of Grade 11
    • UC application workshops
    • Financial aid workshops
    • Grade 9 parent night
    • Grade 10 parent night
    • Two Grade 11 parent nights
    • Grade 12 parent night
    • Case Studies workshop and college fair
    • Organized, structured, and chaperoned college tours
    • Alumni panels
    • Summer college essay workshop
  • Do I need to hire an independent consultant?

    Milken is a private college preparatory school and, as such, all aspects of college advising are included in the cost of tuition. The Office of College Counseling & Academic Advising is staffed by experienced professionals who are fully equipped to provide the tools and resources our students need to successfully navigate the college search and application process. Our college counselors, who are full-time educators, are committed to providing individualized attention to each student and offering the most comprehensive programming available. Although booming numbers of private consultants and independent tutoring companies are saturating the market and aggressively pitching their services to vulnerable students and their families, the college counseling staff at Milken are members of your community, have a vested interest in your child's success, and have your child's best interests at heart. Therefore, the Office of College Counseling & Academic Advising should be your main resource and the college counselors should be your primary contact.

College Placements

List of 4 items.

  • Class of 2017

    Following is a list of college/university acceptances for the Class of 2016. Bold denotes student matriculations.
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  • Class of 2016

    Following is a list of college/university acceptances for the Class of 2016. Bold denotes student matriculations.
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  • Class of 2015

    Following is a list of college/university acceptances for the Class of 2015. Bold denotes student matriculations.
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  • Class of 2014

    Following is a list of college/university acceptances for the Class of 2014. Bold denotes student matriculations.
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The college admissions process is one that will take many turns and be an exciting look into the students’ dreams and ambitions. I have always encouraged the students I have worked with to enjoy the ride and appreciate the opportunity. In the end, everything will work itself out and the lessons learned will last for a lifetime. I am excited to be a part of the journey.

-Ross D. Mankuta
Director of College Counseling & Academic Planning
Our goal is to guide and support the students through the critical transition from high school to college. It is a privilege to learn about a student's passions, talents, and dreams in order to advocate on their behalf. I am amazed to watch our students grow through this process of self-discovery as they prepare to be successful on college campuses.

-Shelley Kierman
Associate Director of College Counseling & Academic Planning

My biggest priority is helping students and families turn the college process from an overwhelming one to an empowering and exciting one. It is a stressful time, but with self-reflection and support, the college search and application process is the first of many big steps our students will take and I love being a part of that.


-Samantha Schreiber
Associate Director of College Counseling & Academic Planning

My job as a college counselor is to get to know each student and her/his family so that I am able to guide and advocate on her/his behalf. The processes of selecting appropriate schools to which to apply, applying to college, and later deciding where to matriculate, are very important aspects of a student's life. My responsibility is to work hard so that I am able to help with all of this, while making the college application journey exciting and productive.

-Mari Oropeza
Associate Director of College Counseling & Academic Planning

School Information

Saperstein Middle School Campus
    15900 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.903.4800

Upper School Campus
    15800 Zeldins’ Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.440.3500 
    Fax 310.471.5139


Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.