College & Career Counseling

Preparation for the college application process begins when our students enter as freshmen.

Our desire is that by the time our students head off to pursue their future, they are academically and socially prepared for the challenges that will come their way. This is a highly individualized process and counselors will work to make sure that students keep as many options as possible open until it comes time to narrow down to a smaller list of selected schools.

College and Career Resource Center

The College and Career Resource Center offers an extensive library that provides a wide variety of resource materials and reference books to assist with the college and career selection process. Jennifer Gleason is available from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday during the school year to assist students and parents and answer any questions and may also be reached by phone at 847-582-7342.


Every year at this time, students looking to delay the start of college need to notify their school that they would like to request a Gap Year deferral. While this process is relatively straightforward and has similarities across colleges, every institution seems to have slightly different policies, processes, forms and deadlines. The purpose of this post is to help students planning a Gap Year understand how to successfully receive a "yes" for their deferral request. Please use this link to read "How to Ask for (and Get!) a Gap Year Deferral, from Gap Year Solutions.

A Virtual Presentation with College Admission Counselors!

Please use this link to watch a recording of the LFHS Counseling Department presentation "Ask the Experts," where College admission counselors from CLC, Lake Forest College, Marquette University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and University of Michigan answered previously submitted questions from our LFHS parent/guardians and students.


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