Guidance

Welcome to the College Guidance page of SCS.  This page is a quick overview of college preparation.  My goal is to prepare each student for what God is equipping them to do.  Please feel free to email me at jstuber@statesvillechristian.org with any of your college guidance questions.


CFNC Information:  You may watch these videos by clicking on the thumbnails below for either the Junior class meeting or the Senior class meeting.  Because of the length, the hour long presentation is broken into approximately 15 minute increments.  After visiting part one from either the junior or senior links below, click on the SCS logo below the video for the remaining parts of each meeting.

Seniors                                    Juniors

                   


SAT / ACT Exams

Check the College Board website for dates to register for your SAT tests and locations.

Visit the ACT website to register.


High School Planning Timeline

Freshman

What can I do to be sure my FRESHMAN is on track for college?
  • Encourage participation in extra-curricular and service oriented activities - colleges want to see involvement.
    • Participate in sports, music, drama, scouts, work – demonstrate long-term commitment.
    • Demonstrate leadership – class offices, clubs, mentoring/tutoring, scouting, other church/community opportunities.
    • Provide service to others (school, church, community)
    • If possible, gain foreign experience – mission trips, travel, Winterim opportunities.
  • Maintain a file of documentation of all extra-curricular activities for later reference.
  • It is important for students to challenge themselves academically and otherwise – colleges like to see this.
  • Encourage academic excellence and good study skills.

Sophomore

What can I do to be sure my SOPHOMORE is on track for college?
  • Continue participation in and documentation of extra-curricular and service-oriented activities.
  • Continue to encourage academic excellence and good study skills.
  • Check the College Board or ACT website for information on administration/registration dates and preparation opportunities. The College Board website has many helpful tools for gathering information about colleges and preparing for college.
  • Discuss career interests with your student, and investigate which colleges/universities offer the necessary programs for entry into those areas.
  • Compile a list of colleges/universities to visit in the upcoming year.
  • Learn how to register with the NCAA clearinghouse if your student may wish to play sports at an NCAA school.  Investigate eligibility requirements for playing sports at an NCAA school. REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY MIDDLE OF JUNIOR YEAR.

Junior

What can I do to be sure my JUNIOR is on track for college?
  • Continue participation in and documentation of extra-curricular and service oriented activities.
  • Continue to encourage academic excellence and good study skills.
  • Be sure your student’s academic scheduling is geared toward graduation and college entrance requirements. Colleges like to see honors and AP classes.
  • Check the College Board  or ACT website for information on administration/registration dates and preparation opportunities. The College Board website has many helpful tools for gathering information about colleges and preparing for college.
  • Discuss career interests with your student, and investigate which colleges/universities offer the necessary programs for entry into those areas.
  • Visit colleges and universities of interest and begin selection of places to apply.
  • Register with the NCAA clearinghouse and learn eligibility requirements for playing sports at an NCAA school. REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY MID-YEAR.
  • Investigate information about scholarships and application deadlines.

Senior

What can I do to be sure my SENIOR is ready for college?
  • Continue participation in and documentation of extra-curricular and service oriented activities.
  • Continue to encourage academic excellence and good study skills.
  • Be sure your student’s academic scheduling is geared toward graduation and college entrance requirements. Colleges like to see honors and AP classes.
  • Check the College Board or ACT website for information on administration/registration dates and preparation opportunities. The College Board website has many helpful tools for gathering information about colleges and preparing for college.
  • Discuss career interests with your student, and investigate which colleges/universities offer the necessary programs for entry into those areas.
  • Select colleges/universities to which you wish to apply. Check college websites for application deadlines and apply in a timely manner.
  • Investigate information about scholarships and application deadlines.

College Application Planning Calendar
  • Spring/Summer Before Senior Year:
    • Visit colleges of interest – meet with an admissions representative and perhaps a professor in the department you are interested in as a major.
    • Put together a rough draft of your activities resume (activities, accomplishments, awards, honors, work experience, community service, etc.).
    • Determine application deadlines for colleges and scholarships for which you may wish to apply.
    • Register to take the SAT/ACT if you need to.
  • September:
    • Meet with a guidance officer to discuss college plans and review your transcript.
    • Determine which colleges to which you will apply and get started on applications. Early decision deadlines are usually in November.
    • Be working on college essays.  Think of something that will make you “stand out” from other applicants.
    • Ask teachers, pastors, mentors, employers, etc. for letters of recommendation.  Allow plenty of time for the individual to meet your deadlines. Provide addressed and stamped envelopes along with any required forms.  A follow up written thank-you is always nice.
    • Double check to be sure colleges have received all SAT and AP scores.
  • November:
    • Submit early decision/early action applications on time. Make copies of applications before sending (print online applications before submitting).
    • Finalize essays/resumes.  Proofread carefully and get input from an appropriate individual (i.e. teacher, parent).
    • Check to be sure letters of recommendation are sent.
    • If a college has “rolling admission” (decisions are made as applications are received) apply as early as possible.
    • If you take the SAT or ACT, be sure scores are sent to the appropriate schools.
  • December:
    • Complete all college applications.  Print or copy prior to submitting. Contact the financial aid office at the colleges on your list to see what financial aid forms they require.
  • January:
    • Have SCS send first semester grades to colleges that require a mid-year grade report.
    • As soon as parents’ tax returns are completed, file the FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid Form).
    • If you receive any college acceptance letters read them carefully – some may require a response on your part.
  • February:
    • Check with colleges to confirm that all necessary application materials have been received (many times this can be done online).
    • Continue to perform well academically and behaviorally.  Colleges want you to finish strong, and many will withdraw their acceptance if you fail senior courses or get into trouble.
    • Prepare for any AP tests you may be planning to take in May.
  • March:
    • Read college acceptance letters carefully and follow up with any responses required.
  • April:
    • Choose the college you will attend and respond according to the directions in their acceptance letter.  Most schools have a May 1 enrollment deadline.
    • Notify schools you choose not to attend of your decision to open a spot for another student.