As a college preparatory school SSCA is committed to helping students with their college planning through a personalized process starting in grade 9. Particular emphasis is given to students in grades 11-12. It is our belief that there is a college match for each student and our role is to facilitate the discovery of that match, keeping in mind that God has a plan for each student.
Students start the college search in earnest during the junior year with each student administered personality/interest inventory testing in the fall to help determine possible college majors. They also have the opportunity to meet with admission counselors and attend college fairs throughout the year. In October all sophomores and juniors take the PSAT, a practice SAT exam. Sophomores take the PLAN, the practice version of the ACT in the spring. Taking the practice standardized tests help students to determine which test to focus on for submission for college and how selective a school a student may apply to. An SAT prep class at SSCA is offered in January of the junior year in preparation for the March SAT administration that is held at SSCA. Usually the college counselor will take groups of interested students to visit several colleges each year. Students will also receive a SSCA college resource handbook listing the various steps and procedures that need to be followed throughout the college application process.
Through a series of meetings with the college counselor students form a list of possible colleges to review and visit, utilizing all the information they have learned throughout the junior school year. Eventually this list gets narrowed down to a suitable number of possible colleges, with the application process to those schools starting in the fall of their senior year. Again, students are personally guided throughout this important time to ensure that everything is done correctly and to ease the accompanying anxiety that some students may encounter. Students also create an extra-curricular resume that can accompany applications and receive help with their applications, essays and letters of recommendation.
In December of the senior year, parents and seniors are invited to a financial aid night hosted by a local financial aid officer from a nearby college. This presentation helps to answer and explain the generic financial aid process, scholarships and grants, and loans available for students.
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