COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELING
College and career counseling is an important part of each student’s academic career. We partner with parents to assist and guide them through their post graduate planning.
Beginning in the 9th grade we implement the College and Career PATH (Planning and Trusting Him) Notebook. This Notebook is designed as a tool to help students begin researching and collecting information throughout their high school career. This is a vital resource in their senior year as they begin filling out college and scholarship applications. Students also take an online career assessment. The purpose is to cause students to begin thinking about their likes and dislikes and reflecting on where God may be calling them after high school. Students meet with the College and Career Counselor once a semester. A parent meeting is held at the beginning of the school year.
The 10th grade year is a continuation of searching and reflecting. We complete an online spiritual gifts test. The goal of this is to begin piecing together their likes and dislikes, understanding the gifts God has given them, and matching them with possible careers. Students are encouraged to attend a college fair and, if possible, the class attends together. Tenth grade students take the PSAT in the fall of their sophomore year. Students meet with the College and Career Counselor twice a year. A parent meeting is held at the beginning of the school year.
The 11th grade year is an exciting year as students’ begin final preparations for life after high school. Students participate in a five day Apprenticeship Program in the spring. Its purpose is to provide juniors an opportunity to experience the day-to-day responsibilities with a professional or craftsman within a chosen profession, art or trade. During this week, students gain insights and knowledge of a vocation through observation, participation and evaluation with the experienced professional. Prior to the apprenticeship, each student conducts research in his/her chosen field and prepares a resume.
Students take the PSAT in the fall and are encouraged to take the SAT/ACT in the spring, as well as attend a college fair and make college campus visits. Students meet several times a year with the College and Career Counselor. A parent meeting is held at the beginning of the school year.
The Academic Counselor works closely with students as they begin making final decisions on their post graduate plans. Students complete college applications in the fall and scholarship applications in the spring. Information regarding national and local scholarships as well as Bright Futures, Dollars for Scholars and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is provided and updated on a regular basis. Students meet often with the Academic Counselor and parent meetings are held in the fall and spring. The College and Career Counselor communicates through a monthly newsletter and weekly emails as needed.