College planning begins with the ninth grade and intensifies with each year. College advisement is an integral part of our ongoing counseling program by which the counselors gradually introduce students to the phases of the college planning process. Each year of high school has a particular focus for college preparation, and by junior year we aim at having students arrive at some reasonable choices for college, along with possible college majors.
Junior Guidance Night, held in the fall, focuses on the importance of junior year for college planning and College Information Night, held in the spring, formally kicks off the planning process. Recognizing the benefit of early preparation, we invite the entire student body to attend these events.
Over 175 college representatives visit the Prep annually. Seniors and juniors are encouraged to visit with them. The Office sponsors a College Representative's Night in the fall and a Financial Aid Workshop in January to assist senior parents in filing financial aid forms. The Office also notifies students about College Fairs held in the area.
All seniors receive SAT I and II and Advanced Placement information, financial aid applications, scholarship information, senior planning calendar, schedule for college representatives and numerous other pamphlets to assist them in their college/career planning. The school’s resource computer center and workstations in the College Placement Office make the internet available for college/career search programs.
As senior year draws to a close, the College Placement Office sponsors a series of seminars to focus the soon-to-be-graduates on many of the issues facing students in their first year of college. Among the topics are basic first aid; personal financial planning, credit and identity theft; dorm life and safety; substance abuse on the college campus.