Citizen, Scholar, Steward
KCD’s college counseling program provides families with individualized guidance and support throughout the process of choosing and applying to colleges and ultimately selecting a college to attend. We know that each family has unique expectations and concerns, and our counselors help direct students to colleges that are appropriate to their needs.

A Few Numbers

  • KCD’s student-counselor ratio is 37:1 compared to the national average of 450:1.
  • During their senior year, a student has an average of eight individual meetings with their college counselor.
  • 99% of KCD graduates attend a four-year institution.
  • An average of 80 college admission counselors visit KCD each year.

The College Counseling Program

List of 5 items.

  • Experience

    Our counselors have extensive experience in teaching, college admissions, financial aid, and athletic recruitment. Their in-depth knowledge of the admissions process provides students with invaluable insights into the admissions process, the application presentation and essay, the financial aid process, and more.
  • Individual attention

    Our counselors meet individually with each student throughout the college search and admissions process, which means our counselors get to know each student and are able to make recommendations based on their unique concerns and expectations.
  • Knowledge

    Each of our counselors spends time during the year visiting college campuses, attending professional conferences on the state and national levels, serving on college advisory boards, and meeting regularly with colleagues to discuss admissions trends and issues. This firsthand knowledge enables them not only to recommend a range of schools that may meet the student’s individual needs, interests and abilities, but also to maintain strong relations with admissions officers at a variety of colleges and universities.
  • Structured guidance

    Our counselors provide step-by-step guidance over the course of each student’s high school career. Students generally make their initial contact with our counselors to discuss course selections during their freshman and sophomore years. Every junior student meets a number of times with one or both of our counselors, and these contacts become much more frequent during the application period during the student’s senior year.
  • Unique Programming

    Our college counselors meet regularly with each grade to discuss college issues pertaining to that class. Parents are always invited to attend. These meetings cover topics such as financial aid, standardized tests, the college search process, and campus visits. The highlight of the year is the KCD College Fair, which is attended by representatives from over 100 colleges and universities from across the country.

    Students and their parents are invited to the Spring Counselor Workshop, in which admissions representatives from across the country hold short sessions and workshops on the college search and admissions process.

    Every summer, both college counselors teach weeklong courses on the college essay and the Common Application.

Meet the Counselors

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  • Photo of Daniel Easley

    Daniel "Danny" Easley 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Dary Picken

    Dary Picken 

    College Counselor, English Teacher
4100 Springdale Road • Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 423-0440 • Fax (502) 423-0445
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 80+ acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.