Some changes have been going on in the way Darien High School seniors are applying for college, with increasing numbers using the early decision option and a college in Silicon Valley now becoming a popular choice. The college application process at Darien High School has also undergone a change since guidance seminars were introduced, said Paul Ribeiro, the school’s guidance director, told the Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday. Guidance seminars are a collective meeting with students allowing their questions to be answered at once, instead of many different students asking the same questions, he said.
The increasing trend in early decision applications now accounts for 138 applications from DHS seniors submitted and 94 being accepted (see second chart below; not all statistics are final, which may account for some discrepancies between charts). Ribeiro said he expects this number to increase, which means the Guidance Department will be more accountable for their students earlier on in the college application process.