High School Guidance Counseling

What to expect in the area of college and guidance counseling:

  • Individual consultations with each student on a regular basis to ensure that the student is “on track” for successful completion of their high school course load, while tracking their progress to meet collegiate admission standards.
  • FAFSA, financial aid, and scholarship information will be provided to students and parents to assist in making the student’s post-secondary goals affordable.

Christian Service Report:

College Planning Calendar:

The following calendar reflects the College Counseling component of a students’ progress during the course of the next four years.

Freshmen:

  • Talk with your guidance counselor about available Honors courses and your eligibility
  • Become involved in school and community based activities
  • Begin to keep a list of your awards, honors, volunteer work and extra curricular activities

Sophomores:

  • Talk with your guidance counselor about available Honors courses and your eligibility
  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects – sophomore grades are critical on college applications
  • Continue your involvement in school and community based activities
  • Sophomores and parents may meet with college representatives who visit the DCA campus during the fall semester
  • All sophomores take the PSAT in October
  • Begin to visit colleges over Christmas and Easter break

Juniors:

September

  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects – junior grades are critical on college applications
  • Juniors and parents are invited to participate in the college representative visits on DCA campus
  • Meet individually with your guidance counselor
  • Attend DCA College Planning Night

October

  • Take the PSAT
  • Complete registration for NCAA eligibility if you plan on playing sports in college
  • Juniors and parents are invited to participate in the college representative visits on DCA campus

November/December

  • Plan to visit colleges of interest over holiday breaks
  • Investigate SAT and/or ACT test prep

January/February

  • Receive PSAT results and study the materials that come with the results
  • Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com
  • Register for ACT at www.act.org
  • Begin investigating scholarships at www.studentaid.ed.gov/scholarship

March/April

  • Begin preparing a list of 10-20 colleges to explore
  • Plan to visit colleges during Easter break
  • Register for the May SAT and/or ACT if necessary and you want to improve your scores
  • If interested in ROTC, begin to complete applications

May/June

  • Take AP exams if applicable
  • Narrow your college list based upon your research and think about which colleges to visit during the summer
  • Consider which teachers you would like to ask to write letters of recommendation

Summer Before Senior Year

  • Work on rough drafts of college essays
  • Work on rough draft of college resume
  • Beginning August 1, start the Common Application online
  • Finalize your list of colleges before your senior year

Seniors:

September

  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects – senior grades DO count
  • Register for SAT and/or ACT if you need to raise your scores
  • Student athletes send transcripts and SAT/ACT scores to NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility
  • Meet individually with your guidance counselor
  • Seniors and parents are invited to participate in the college representative visits on DCA campus
  • Contact teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Begin to complete college applications
  • Request official transcripts to be sent to colleges on your list, except UC and CSU campuses
  • Request SAT/ACT scores to be sent to colleges
  • Submit PROFILE registration form for schools requiring it at www.collegeboard.com
  • Stay involved in school and community based activities

October

  • Plan interviews with colleges of interest
  • Send in “early action” applications
  • Give all recommendation and secondary school evaluation forms to teachers and counselor to complete

November/December

  • Send in UC and CSU applications as early in the month as possible
  • Continue to look at scholarship information and deadlines
  • Keep your grades up. Colleges do look at semester and end of year grades
  • Write thank you letters to teachers and counselor who sent letters of recommendation
  • Mail ROTC (if applicable)
  • Register for your FAFSA pin number

January/February

  • As soon as possible, file your FAFSA form anytime after January 1
  • Request mid-year transcripts be sent to colleges that request them
  • Inform you counselor if you receive acceptances from colleges
  • Pursue scholarship options

March/April

  • FAFSA due March 2
  • Watch for Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive regarding amount of student financial aid
  • Decide which college you will attend before May 1 deadline
  • If you plan to attend a CSU, take your reading and math placement tests

May/June

  • By May 1st, notify the school you plan to attend
  • Complete intent to register forms and pay required deposit
  • Sign and return financial aid award letter
  • Fill out loan applications
  • Take CSU Placement Exams
  • Fill out housing forms
  • Request your final transcript from the counseling office to be sent to the college you plan to attend
  • Student athletes must request final transcript to be sent to NCAA
  • Send thank you notes for any scholarships you may have received