Huge burden off my back!!! I could not believe the support here. Guidance spent I cannot imagine how long planning options for my son's university; canvassing programs to suit his learning style and personality, bringing in students to talk to him about their experience, setting up mentoring and post grad support, sending me links to special programs. As a parent, this support has been incredible. It took the pressure of me to research all the schools and struggle through applications etc.
Several of the teachers were professors, and all were willing to put the time in to help us with our university applications. They indulged the byzantine bureaucracy of my international applications without complaint, and everyone went somewhere. The guidance was exceptional -- I may have leaned on it while considering grad schools.
Like I said before Dragon really helps you know what you want to do when it comes to post secondary. Applying through the Dragon was great and I got into my first choice program.
The Dragon Academy would have bent backwards to help me be successful. I was very nervous about choosing a program for university, and spent significant time with the staff to determine where I should apply. I got into everywhere I applied, and again worked with the staff to determine what I really wanted. After getting in, a teacher even helped me to pick my courses for my first year. They were willing to do anything to help you be successful, you just needed to tell them what success looked like to you.
There was plenty of support generally and this was true of university counseling as well. Lots of the staff had graduate university degrees, and Dr. Fox worked as a Prof, so they are both knowledgeable and have first hand experience. The teachers get to know the student's strengths, weaknesses and interests so they are in a good position to make recommendations and help students apply.
Dragon prepares students for university well, and does a wonderful job of providing students with volunteer opportunities so that they may meet their community service hours required to graduate. During my time at Dragon, the school provided me with a tutor to help me complete the infamous visual art portfolio required to apply to Sheridan College's prestigious animation program, and I am quite certain I would never have been organized enough to complete it without that extra help. Again, Dragon's smaller size allows for a very supportive and personal approach to the university application process. I do feel that during my time at the school, the process could have started earlier, but this did not have any substantial effect on my experience of it.
When it comes to university counselling, I cannot speak for everyone. There were students less certain than myself about where to apply. I took it upon myself to investigate post-secondary options on my own quite early. With ample time still, teachers took it upon themselves to inform me of options I missed, deadlines I should know about, and scholarships I might want to look into. Multiple teachers patiently worked with me through every iteration of all my applications to six different programs. External causes prevented me from getting into my first choice (the university had too many internal applicants), but I achieved my second choice with flying colours. I never felt a lack of support, as the teachers and guidance counselor were never more than an email away.