WELCOME TO ASPEN HIGH SCHOOL'S COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
The Aspen High School College Counseling Office is dedicated to introducing and educating students and families about options, helping each student create a personalized plan, and guiding them towards realizing their dreams for life after high school.
A student and parent post secondary planning curriculum is offered for each grade level including:
- Freshman Seminar Class for all Freshman
- Practice ACT/SAT
- College & Career Discovery Class for all Juniors
- Senior Boot Camp I & II
- Senior College Application Roundtables
- Evening Parent & Student Presentations
- AHS Graduate Panel
Students are offered seven individual meetings with a college counselor over the course of their four years at AHS. The goal is to find the right college/post secondary match for each student and to assist the student in the process of application.
A Local College Scholarship program is also administered which connects Aspen High School seniors to more than $350,000 in community support from 40+ local businesses, organizations and philanthropists.
Each fall, the Aspen School District hosts the Colorado Western Slope College Fair during which admissions officers from 250 colleges and universities are available to connect with students. Workshops are offered during the College Fair covering topics such as: business majors, the arts, student athletes, highly selective schools, financial aid, and our outstanding Colorado and regional colleges.
Click HERE for a listing of colleges attending the fair
Click HERE for a listing of workshops
Students are responsible for scheduling their meetings with Melissa and Charlie. To do so, students should come (in-person) to see Susanne. Please do not email meeting requests. The College Counseling Office is located in the Mezzanine above the Commons.
Who We Are in the College Counseling Office ...
The 2018-2019 Academic Year marks the 6th year that Melissa Lustig has been part of the College Counseling team. Melissa grew up in Denver, Colorado where she graduated from Cherry Creek High School. She double majored in English and History at Wellesley College and earned her Masters from University of Michigan and her College Counseling Certification from UCLA. She brings 12 years of college admission experience to the Aspen College Counseling Office with three years at Ursinus College and nine years at Colorado College. She teaches the Discovery Class (College, Career and
Charlie Laube is a native of Akron, OH. He attended high school in Bath, OH, then headed off to The College of Wooster, where he studied History and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team. After graduating from college, and a two-year stint with the National Park Service, Charlie earned his Masters Degree from the University of Akron. The educational foundation he developed allowed him to spend the next 12 years working in college admissions with The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, as well as Paul Smith's College, outside of Lake Placid, NY. Most recently, Charlie served in the College Counseling office at Mullen High School in Denver, CO.
Susanne Morrison joined the College Counseling team in the fall of 2017. Susanne has lived in Aspen since 1989, working in the nonprofit sector - primarily at the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Susanne graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 with a BA in Political Science. She manages the college counseling office and is responsible for office communication, scheduling, and scholarships. Susanne handles all AHS college applications and subsequent reporting. She works closely with the Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach.
Kathy Klug has been involved in the Aspen School District in Colorado for over 24 years as a College Counselor, English classroom teacher, and Reading Specialist. She is an enthusiast for creating and implementing effective learning programs. Kathy is the Co-Creator and Co-Director of Colorado Western Slope College & Career Outreach since 2004 (formerly Colorado Western Slope College Fair). Kathy was Director from 2004-2014 of Teachers Across Borders: international teachers teaching Cambodian teachers. Kathy’s specialty is college access and counseling for rural and underserved students. She graduated from Regis University with a BA and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Literacy Instruction. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Educational Leadership. She values experience, enthusiasm, energy, keen instincts, and a passion for teaching and professional development.
Kathy retired from the Aspen School District in June 2018. She remains involved as a consultant ensuring a smooth transition for new staff. Kathy also remains Co-Director of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with comments, questions and suggestions about the College Counseling website.