College Planning Information
College preparation begins with your high school schedule. The first step on the road to college begins with the courses students take in high school. The first thing colleges look at is the high school transcript. It is an important document in the admissions and scholarship process. Schools look for four years of solid course work in a basic curriculum. Although standardized tests are important in the application process, the high school transcript measures a student's ability and motivation over four years. Registration for next year's classes has already begun. It's important to review your schedule when you receive it in the spring and contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
What do admissions officers look for in a transcript?
Generally, admissions counselors are looking to evaluate:
Grades: Are they on an upward trend?
High School: What are its academic qualities?
G.P.A.: Cumulative Grade Point Average and Current Grade Point Average
Test Scores: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject test. How does the student compare to students from other schools?
Senior Year: Is the student taking challenging academic curriculum and being successful?
Junior year: College visits and planning
Students should have several colleges selected from information they have researched. Now it is time to prepare for campus visits. Selecting a college takes research. It begins with the college guidebooks, college publications, computer resources, people resources, college fairs and open houses, and the campus visit. It is important to keep files on each for future reference. Below are Internet resources for you to explore:
College Board: www.collegeboard.com
Campus tours: www.campustours.com
College-bound athletes: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/
Federal Student Aid: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
Scholarships: www.fastweb.com/ or www.cappex.com
The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.
SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline
May 4, 2018 April 5, 2019
June 1, 2018 May 3, 2019
Students with Learning Disabilities that would like to request SAT or ACT accommodations, please see Mr. Kabakjian or Mrs. Leaman to review the process.
Upcoming Local College Fairs
Upper Dublin High School
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
1580 Fort Washington Avenue
Maple Glen, PA 19002
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Southeastern Pennsylvania Christian College Fair
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Coventry Christian School
699 North Pleasantview Road
Pottstown, PA 19464
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Spring-Ford High School
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
350 S. Lewis Road
Royersford, PA 19468
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Council Rock High School North
Thursday, March 28, 2019
62 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Souderton Area High School
Thursday, April 11, 2019
625 Lower Road
Souderton, PA 18964
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Quakertown Community High School
Thursday, April 11, 2019
600 Park Avenue
Quakertown, PA 18951
Mennonite College 2019 Spring Open Houses
Bethel College www.bethelks.edu
April 26, 2019 – Junior Jumpstart: Liberal Arts in Action
Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu
March 16, 2019 – Discovery Day
April 12, 2019 – Discovery Day for Juniors
Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu
March 23, 2019 - Campus Open House
Goshen College www.goshen.edu
March 8, 2019 – Explore Goshen Day
Hesston College www.hesston.edu
March 28-30, 2019 – Fly Trip to Hesston College
April 6, 2019 – Sophomore and Junior Day
Work Study Program
If your rising senior has interest in career study or work study for the 2019-20 school year, please have him/her see Mrs. Leaman to discuss the process and fill out the application. This course selection comes with school requirements as well as employer expectations. The application needs to be on file before the end of May, and regular time cards and employer evaluations will be expected throughout the semester. If you have questions pertaining to this class, please call the guidance office.