Mountain Academy

College Placement

Portrait of a Graduate

Members of our learning community are committed to academic rigor, character development and community connections. With a deep connection and appreciation for people, place and nature, Mountain Academy graduates are global citizens and lifelong learners who make meaningful contributions to the world, place, and nature.

Meet the Director of College Placement

Beth has spent over 20 years in college counseling roles, both at the college and school levels. She joined Teton Science Schools in 2017, where she offers upper school students highly personalized attention to help them showcase their individual qualities and unique place-based high school experience. Beth visits the Jackson Campus from her home in Maine six times a year to work directly with students and their families; she is always available for virtual meetings throughout the year. Beth earned her BA in Psychology from Williams College and received a Public Policy Fellowship from the Coro Foundation in New York City. She loves getting to know so many wonderful Teton Science School students and their families.

The Mountain Academy



Freshman students and their families are introduced to our college counselor, Beth, to preview the college process. Families are invited to schedule a one-on-one parent meeting upon request, and freshmen participate in a class meeting in both the winter and spring. Mountain Academy freshmen complete the 9/10 PSAT to prepare for upcoming standardized testing.


Sophomores prepare how to best develop their interests and talents, while also preparing the best college visiting strategies. Students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges throughout the United States that come to Mountain Academy. Sophomore students and their families are introduced to college research tools and are welcome to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Beth. They also complete the 9/10 PSAT and have class meetings in the fall, winter, and spring.


Juniors at Mountain Academy are fully immersed in the college process by participating in bimonthly class meetings as well as one-on-one meetings with Beth. In October, junior students complete the NMSQT/PSAT, and junior families are encouraged to attend the family meeting on how to finance college. Student and parent inventories are due in December, and families participate in the College 101 meeting. The ACT is administered in March at Mountain Academy for all juniors to complete, followed by a junior class workshop, Open Common App, in May.

Rising Seniors

During the summer between junior and senior year, rising seniors, determine 8-10 colleges for their applications and work on writing their personal essays, while working side-by-side with Beth through monthly Zoom meetings. Rising seniors are encouraged to determine teachers to support applications and identify supplemental essay requirements. During this time, rising seniors also register for the summer or fall ACT or SAT test.


Mountain Academy seniors work through the phases of the application process by securing teacher recommendations and completing supplemental essays from September through November. Beth hosts a final family meeting to discuss financial aid and any lingering questions about the final steps of the college process. Seniors complete and submit their college applications between November and January.

College Matriculation


The Class of 2023 was the 21th graduating class of Mountain Academy (known prior to 2021 as Journeys School of TSS.) Below is a sampling of the colleges and universities where MA students have been admitted. Those in bold* indicate colleges where our graduates are currently enrolled.

Boise State University*
Central Wyoming College
Colorado College*
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado State University
Fort Lewis College
Johnson & Wales – Denver
Montana State University*
Northern Arizona University
Prescott College
Rocky Mountain College
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Idaho
University of Utah
University of Wyoming*
Utah State University
Weber State University
Westminster College (UT)

Alaska Pacific Univ
California Institute of Technology
Chapman University*
Evergreen State College
Gonzaga University*
Hawaii Pacific University
Humboldt State University
Laguna College of Art & Design
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount Univ
Naropa University
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Portland State University
Reed College
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco State University
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Clara University*
Scripps College
Seattle University
Stanford University*
UC Davis
University of Hawaii Manoa
University of Oregon University of Portland
University of Puget Sound*
University of Redlands
University of San Diego*
University of Southern California*
University of the Pacific
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University

Bradley University
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve*
Columbia College Chicago
Grinnell College
Indiana University
Kansas State U*
Knox College
Lawrence University
Macalester College
Marquette University
Michigan State University*
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Purdue Univ
St Olaf College
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Missouri
University of Wisconsin

Arizona State Univ
Auburn University
College of Charleston
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U
Emory University
Louisiana State Univ
North Carolina State Univ
Savannah College of Art & Design
Sewanee – Univ of the South
Texas Christian Univ*
Tulane University
U Georgia
University of Mississippi
University of Richmond
University of Tennessee*
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College

American University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College*
Colby College*
Colgate University
College of the Atlantic
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Dickinson College
Drexel Univ
Emerson College
Franklin and Marshall College*
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Hamilton College
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University*
Juniata College
Lehigh University
Marymount Manhattan College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University*
Pratt Institute
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Skidmore College
St Lawrence University*
St Michael’s College
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College*
Syracuse University
Tufts University*
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
U of New England*
University of New Hampshire
University of Rochester
University of Vermont*
Vassar College
Wesleyan University*
Westminster College (PA)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

Emily Carr Univ of Art & Design (Canada)
Lancaster University (UK)
Langara College (Canada)
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Quest University (Canada)
Universidad de las Americas (Mexico)
University of Bath (UK)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
University of East Anglia (UK)
University of New Brunswick (Canada)
University of South Hampton (UK)
University of St Andrews* (UK)
University of Sussex (UK)