The philosophy of Milken stems from the idea that the world rests on three pillars: Torah
, 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.