College Counseling

We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with you during the college application process. The approach will be different for each student and we are here to help you build an individual plan that will best support your college goals.

We look forward to partnering with you a great deal throughout the year. We will be meeting in class often, as well as in individual meetings to work together to navigate college applications. Parents are always welcome to student meetings and are encouraged to participate in the parent nights hosted in the fall and spring. We pray that our time together will be both helpful and productive!

Together, we will work to find the divine path God has planned for each Providence student and family. Please call on us if we can help you in any way. Our doors are always open!



College Entry Tests

All seniors should continue to take the SAT and/or ACT in the fall and/or early winter as needed.  These entry tests are important components of your student profile when applying to college. Seniors can take the SAT and/or ACT through June following graduation to reach the minimums needed for Bright Futures awards.

Be prepared!  It is important to review skills with practice exams.  These can be accessed through the Providence media center’s testing reference site, the local library, and the counseling office. Remember, get a good night’s rest and simply draw from within!

College Application Process Websites
  • ACT – Information on the ACT and includes online registration, test tips, interactive sample questions, FAQs, test strategies, and a financial aid estimator.
  • The College Board (SAT) – Professional association of high schools and colleges includes SAT I and SAT II info and online registration and a free scholarship search.
  • The Common Application – The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to over 500 member colleges and universities.
  • Eligibility Center (NCAA) – The login for NCAA.
  • FAFSA – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is needed by any college or university that awards federal student aid in order to determine eligibility.
  • Naviance – Naviance is the college and career readiness system Providence uses to connect students with colleges and manage transcript submissions.
  • NCAA – For those who are interested in pursuing college athletics, register with the Eligibility Center, check your status, and view eligibility requirements.
  • Providence Senior Packet 2017-2018 – The summer packet offers a collection of important information that can be printed as a quick and easy reference. Class of 2018 Senior Letter
  • State University System – Information can be found on the 12 public universities in the state of Florida.
Community Service Hours

You will need to complete 75 hours of community service by the end of junior year to earn senior privileges. An additional 25 hours must be turned in by Christmas break of your senior year. All community service hours should be submitted to Mrs. Wilkes in the Upper School Office.

Communication Is Key

The Providence counseling department will communicate important information to you through a variety of communication tools:

  • Senior Project – The counseling department collaborates with the English department to coordinate college research, application essays, resumes, and student information surveys.  This learning project is invaluable for students and parents to prepare early and be empowered for the application process senior year.
  • Individual Counseling Sessions – Individual counseling meetings are available for each student during his or her senior year.  Counselors will review application details, Naviance requests, transcripts, supplemental materials, and more. Parents are always welcome to attend individual counseling meetings. Meetings can be scheduled by messaging your college counselor through Canvas or by email.
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons – The counseling team meets with students in the classroom throughout the year to notify them of pertinent dates, deadlines, and opportunities.  All information given to students is posted online for family review and discussion.
  • Naviance – Naviance makes college research and communication easy.  This online tool provided for Providence families can help you compare colleges and universities, explore scholarship opportunities, request transcripts, track college applications, and request letters of recommendation. Naviance can be accessed through the Providence website. Logins and passwords will be provided to students and parents.
Senior Essays

Application essays are a great opportunity to show colleges what makes you shine as an applicant. You will work on your college essays in August for your senior project but it might be helpful to start outlining your thoughts early.

  1. Apply to the school of your choice online, either directly on the college websites or through The Common Application. Pay your application fee or colleges will not process your application.
  2. After you pay your application fee, request a transcript to be sent through Naviance.  If your college of choice is not listed in Naviance, email your transcript request to your college counselor.
  3. Mrs. Wilkes will send your transcript to your indicated college(s). Transcripts are sent from Providence within two weeks of when requested. Please be aware that it will take two or three weeks before the college will document that your transcript has been received as it takes this amount of time for the transcript to be processed by the admissions office and to be marked received.
Essay Prompts

Application essays are a great opportunity to show colleges what makes you shine as an applicant. You will work on your college essays in August for your senior project but it might be helpful to start outlining your thoughts early.

College Application Essays 2016-17

Helpful Resources

SAT – College Board and Kahn Academy

As you are preparing for the second semester it is important to add some study time for college entry tests. The best strategy for performing well on these tests is to practice a little each week to reinforce some of the skills that you have learned over time.

We are excited to share that the College Board is partnering with Khan Academy to offer FREE study quizzes, practice tests, and interactive lessons. These materials will prepare you for the redesigned SAT that will begin in the spring of 2016. You can login in to Khan Academy through College Board or by this link:

Khan Academy

UF Young Entrepreneurs

Outstanding rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply to participate in this college summer program developed specifically for high school students to explore opportunitites in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, leadership, community service and sustainability for five weeks, this summer!

College Prep 101

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Scholarships are available but you must be active to pursue these opportunities! Take time to use the sites below to research possibilities of scholarships. The counseling team continually updates scholarships to Naviance and the links below. Ask your counselor, your colleges, and your religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities.

NOTE: Please remember that in researching scholarships, you should never pay for scholarship information.

Bright Futures

All Providence students will submit an application for the Bright Futures Scholarship by submitting the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) beginning December 1 of their senior year and by no later than August 31 after high school graduation. Information will be coming in winter outlining the five easy steps to apply. More information regarding Bright Futures can be found here:


College Scholarship Service Profile

The CSS Profile is only required by a limited number of colleges to determine financial aid packages. You may file the profile as early as October 1st. However, you should file no later than two weeks before the EARLIEST priority filing date specified by your colleges or programs.

It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA and might require a consultation with your financial aid advisor.

You file the PROFILE online at by selecting “CSS/PROFILE under “Pay for College. A list of colleges that accept the CSS Profile can be found on the College Board website or through this link:


The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available in late fall, but cannot be completed before January 1. This is the form you will complete to find out what financial aid you are eligible to receive from the government. It is recommended that you submit your FAFSA no later than early February. Money is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

File the FAFSA even if your family may not qualify for federal aid. Not filing a FAFSA will disqualify your student from federal loans as well as some scholarships and work study programs. The FAFSA will determine your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution). This form should be filed online here.


FAFSA Overview



Florida Prepaid College Plan

Many families have enrolled in the Florida Prepaid College Plan. Please note these frequently asked enrollment questions posted on Please call 800-552-GRAD(4723) or your financial advisor for additional information on how the FPCP can affect your student’s college costs.

Florida Resident Access Grant

The William L. Boyd, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) Program provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending an eligible private, non-profit Florida College or University. Each participating institution determines application procedures, deadlines, and student eligibility.

Kristin Van Bever

Kristin Van Bever

College Counselor


Matthew Augustein

Matthew Augustein

College Counselor


Ashley Cabrera

Ashley Cabrera

Middle School Counselor