“Milton’s mission is preparing our students for lifelong success; that principle animates our college counseling program. We can significantly affect the emotional and social growth of our students. We can give them the tools to take on the world with gusto, resourcefulness and joy.”
—Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling

College Counseling at Milton

Milton prepares young people to seek meaningful lifetime success, and that principle drives our college counseling program. We believe that the college process can help our students grow, both emotionally and socially. Through this process, we can help our students develop the tools to take on the world with gusto, resourcefulness, and joy.

Milton’s powerful, experienced, and highly collaborative team of professionals develop relationships with students and help them manage the core work as thoroughly and as thoughtfully as possible.

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  • Our program involves a lot of one-on-one conversation, humor wherever possible, and timely reminders about what is really important in students’ lives.
  • Through continuous and accurate communication, we help ground students so that they can be their best, most dynamic selves and do their best work.
  • In that scenario, creativity has a chance to thrive.
  • Students can develop applications that capture their own power.

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Counseling Team

Rod Skinner, Dean of College Counseling

rod-160309_7604314853Mr. Skinner directs Milton’s college counseling office, which assists 100 percent of graduating seniors each year to matriculate at more than 80 selective, four-year colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. He is a teacher, advisor, program developer, and frequent chair or co-chair of diverse institutional initiatives.
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Rachel Klein-Ash, Associate Director

rachel-klein-ashWhen Rachel Klein-Ash left her work as a public policy analyst in Washington, D.C. to join us at Milton, that move marked a return to her New England roots. A die-hard Downeaster, Ms. Klein-Ash had called Maine home from age 4 through college (Colby). The longest-serving member of our office, she has made Milton her home, too. And, true to that homing instinct and to the always-present counselor in her, she has also made sure that Milton feels like home for countless students. Ms. Klein-Ash would credit the training she received while earning her master’s in higher education administration at the University of Pennsylvania, but we suspect her ability to read students and coax them to their best selves is part of her DNA.
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Terri James Solomon, Associate Director

terri-james-solomonSerendipity was its wisest, most benevolent self when it brought Terri James Solomon to our attention. For a number of years Ms. Solomon had worked in various capacities at her alma mater, Wellesley, coordinating multicultural recruitment efforts, running a dorm, and counseling students and alumnae regarding graduate school and career options. But, happily, at the very time we were looking to add an additional counselor to our team, she was looking for work closer to her home in Milton. Years later, we still feel we got the better end of the bargain.
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Amy Kirkcaldy, Associate Director

amy-kirkcaldyFor a long time, we had heard from a respected colleague about this cracker-jack admission officer from Harvard, who read student applicants astutely and deeply, who could find the fairest course of action in even the most complicated financial aid cases, and who through it all maintained a refreshingly irreverent sense of humor and a balanced perspective. So, when Amy Kirkcaldy’s resume appeared in a job search, we jumped.
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Julia Esquivel, Associate Director

julia-esquivel-300Julia Esquivel came to us with a rich history of working and living in a wide range of cultures and work environments. After graduating from Vassar with a degree in Women’s Studies, she worked for four years in the admission office of Haverford College, directing the college’s multicultural recruitment efforts and leading transition programming for first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds. Always interested in issues of health and social justice, Ms. Esquivel enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health program at Emory University, all the while still reading applications for both Emory and Haverford.
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Sandi Dunnington, College Counseling Assistant

cc-dunningtonSandi Dunnington has proven that you can go home again. Her first tenure in this office, after several years as an event planner for Sheraton, ended in 2003 when she took a hiatus for the births of her son and daughter. After that, Mrs. Dunnington worked for several years as assistant to the executive director and president for Exploration Summer Programs (EXPLO) in Norwood, Massachusetts. Then, when the administrative staff position opened up again in 2010, Mrs. Dunnington took pity on us and returned.
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Contact the College Counseling Office

Sandi Dunnington
Assistant to the College Counseling Office
Milton Academy
170 Centre Street, Milton, MA  02186
P: 617-898-2310   F: 617-898-1717


“We constantly hear feedback from colleges that Milton students do an unbelievable job of distinguishing themselves during the college process. We all work hard to create an environment in which students can be individuals. There is no cookie-cutter student at Milton. Students here are very comfortable being who they are.”
—Rachel Klein-Ash, Associate Director of College Counseling


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