College exploration begins during freshman year with career inventories and group activities and discussions. During sophomore year, all students take the PSAT (Pre-SAT) and the Pre-ACT college practice test. Students review their scores with their guidance counselor to judge their interests and to anticipate where their strengths lie. "The Sophomore Peek at the College Process" will be held February 22, 2017 at 6:30PM and is open to all sophomore families (parents + students) but will be most helpful for first time families (your oldest child). College Guidance will facilitate a discussion/conversation about the “BIG SIX,” and the role these factors play in the college search and application process.
The college search process begins in earnest in the Spring of the sophomore year in February. Students will meet with their guidance counselor to review college search information, refine college lists, and to create their extracurricular resume.
During junior year, students also take the PSAT (Pre-SAT) a second time to qualify for National Merit Scholarships and for continued college preparation. All junior parents are invited to attend a college planning session where they are introduced to the college application and admission process. These sessions take place on Friday mornings during the school year. Students are strongly encouraged to begin visiting schools and narrowing their college search during their junior year.
The counseling staff and the Director of College Guidance work together to organize and coordinate all parts of the application process, including teacher and counselor recommendations.