College Counseling

We achieve greatness by handing our values onto the next generation and empowering them to go and build the future.
— Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Highly personalized guidance through the college admission process is part of the Denver JDS package.

Our College Counselor Alyse Opatowski (Mz. O), works closely with students and their families to arrive at a good match between the college and the student. Mz. O's comprehensive and individualized counseling services will look to grow from prior College Counselor, Ceci Lowinger's. Ceci worked as Denver JDS' College Counselor from 2010-2020, and enabled hundreds of Denver JDS students to gain acceptance into and thrive at the colleges of their choice. From testing to college searches to applications and decisions, Mz. O helps students — and their parents — navigate the road after high school. The Denver JDS College Counseling Office is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling.

Our classes of 2018 and 2019 were accepted
into the following colleges and universities:

Barnard College
Binghamton University
Brandeis University
Chapman University
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado Mountain College
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Cornell University
Denison University
Drake University
Drexel University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
George Washington University
Goucher College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hult International University
Indiana University
Juniata College
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Macalester College
Metro State University
Michigan State University
Muhlenberg College
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New York University
Ohio University
Pace University
Puget Sound University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Simmons College
The New School
Touro Lander College
Tulane University
Truman College
University of Arizona
University of Colorado/Boulder
University of Colorado/Denver
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Northern Colorado
University of Pennsylvania
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
University of Wisconsin
Washington University in St. Louis
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whittier College
Wooster College
Yeshiva University  

Student Resources

The following documents are updated throughout the year for your information:
Four Year Road Map to Denver JDS College Counseling
Seniors’ College Timeline
Tips for the College Application Process
2018-19 Upper Division Profile
Colleges Attended by our Graduates
Professional Schools Attended by our Graduates
Class of 2018 College Acceptances
Class of 2019 College Acceptances

Students are encouraged to use the following links and information as they begin thinking about colleges.

A guide to standardized testing
Learn more about the ACT, including online registration
Get information about the SAT, including online registration
Access free SAT practice questions and tips for the exam
Search a list of more than 830 four-year colleges that don't rely on SAT or ACT scores for admission
Get help with test preparation and college selection
Conduct a college search for nursing, culinary, honors programs, and more
Gain Kaplan test preparation skills

Click here to reach College Counselor Alyse Opatowski or call her at (303) 369-0663, ext. 227.

College Counselor

Alyse Opatowski

Alyse Opatowski

Titles: College Counselor

Planning for Financial Aid

Students applying for financial aid need to check and be sure to meet the specific deadline for each school to which they apply. Mz. O works individually with students and parents to apply for need based and merit based scholarships.