Preparing for Life Beyond High School

 ... it's about the finding the right fit for you.

The most important part of this process is finding the right fit which involves getting to know each student personally and goes through your final decision as a senior. We believe in nurturing the self-awareness necessary to choose not just the best school, but the best school for you.  

We understand that remaining competitive in a sea of applicants requires well-rounded individuals who demonstrate not only academic strength but also stellar interpersonal and leadership qualities, as well as a keen interest in the world beyond the classroom. 

By working closely with you and your family, we strive to provide attractive options and choices at the end of the process. Our University and College Counsellor is equipped to give you significant personal attention and flexibility in helping tailor certain aspects of the process to you as an individual (ie: athletic recruiting, art/music portfolios, and other special talents or circumstances).

Along the selection journey, students will have many different opportunities to be exposed to various colleges and universities including meetings on campus or webinars with college admissions representatives and guest speakers.

The counselling department will also provide advice and support for those students who do not wish to make a direct entry to university. Students are also encouraged to consider their wider options such as taking a Gap Year, exploring creative or vocational courses, or undertaking an apprenticeship in a chosen area of specialisation. 

ABA's University and College Counsellor

Denise Barker

Denise Barker

In a career that spans over twenty-three years, Denise has worked as a Middle Leader and teacher of English across GCSE and A’Level as well as IB MYP and DP. With experience of the UK, Middle East and Caribbean school settings, her roles have included Whole-School Literacy Coordinator; School Evaluation Team Visitor; Head of Department and, at present, University and College Counsellor (High School).

She regards her most rewarding professional experience to date as coordinating the CIS Self-Study and Accreditation and IB Evaluation exercise at ABA in 2017. Dedicated to lifelong learning, Denise holds an MSc in Education, College Counseling Certificate from UC San Diego and is now pursuing an MBA in Education leadership through the University of Cumbria.

A Scrabble enthusiast, amateur poet and self-proclaimed chef, Denise has lived in Muscat since 2012 along with her husband, Megel, and three children.

The University and College Counselling Programme at ABA

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