College Guidance


Preparing for the Future

Our goal in the College Guidance Office is to help each student identify and gain acceptance into his ideal school. This process begins in the freshman year and continues through the senior year in individual counseling sessions and workshops. Each is purposely designed to prepare students for the transition from Christ School to college.

Taking the first steps toward the college search and application process is not easy. The programs we offer, combined with the individualized attention your son receives here will prepare him in a manner that will leave him feeling confident and well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.


Each semester our office creates a newsletter on our students' journeys through the college admissions process. We invite you to read the Winter 2019 College Guidance newsletter, The Green Pages.

Read the Winter 2019 Green Pages

Meet the Staff

Guidance office

(Left to right: Thomas Becker, Kirk Blackard, Jeffrey Depelteau)

M.Ed, Leadership and Organizational Performance Vanderbilt University

B.S., Economics Centre College

After a short stint at The Webb School (Bell Buckle, TN) as a substitute teacher, an assistant soccer coach, and an Alumni and Development Associate, this 2015 Centre College graduate joined the Christ School community in 2017. Mr. Becker earned his Master of Education at Vanderbilt University in May 2017. He serves as the College Guidance Office’s freshman/sophomore counselor, assists Father Brown in the Chapel Program, and teaches AP US Government Politics and Christian Theology. He is a resident houseparent in Cuningham House and coaches soccer.

An avid supporter of all things local, Mr. Becker can often be found exploring restaurants, events, and festivals in and around Asheville and Hendersonville. He is a huge fan of Tennessee Volunteers and Green Bay Packers football, loves to cook, and takes advantage of every opportunity to get outside and explore Christ School’s 500 acres with his puppy.

B.A., Psychology Wake Forest University

M.S., Communications Virginia Commonwealth University

“Traveling often on two wheels” is a pastime for Kirk Blackard and he means it. The Director of College Guidance has cycled approximately 4,000 miles to colleges in 22 different states during his 14 years at Christ School. Mr. Blackard, in turn, imparts the knowledge he gains onto Christ School families looking to find a college destination for their son.

Mr. Blackard has been involved in college admissions and college counseling since 1991. A graduate of St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA, Mr. Blackard received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1989 and an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995.

When he is not pedaling away on his bike, Mr. Blackard’s interests include basketball (he is an Assistant Coach for the Little Greenies program), tennis, and cooking.

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