College Counseling

Guiding them through the process...

and helping them reach their full potential.

While outcomes are important, so is the process. The counseling department focuses on discovering good matches between students and colleges. We believe this is each student’s personal journey and our role is to support, guide, and educate students and their families.  In addition, college counselors hold group information sessions, individual meetings with students and their parents, and parent presentations. 

During their senior year, college representatives visit Providence and give students the opportunity to find out more about a college or university without leaving campus.  Families and students have access to the school’s computer-based college counseling program, which provides statistics, college searches, links to scholarships, and other information.  Our goal is for students come to begin to understand God’s purpose for their lives as they explore the ever-changing world of college admission.

Important Links

SCOIR

 

SCOIR is a secure online platform that we use to support post-secondary, college, and career planning.  Juniors and Seniors research college opportunities and view statistical and historical data to make informed decisions for applying to colleges.  Application documents are sent to colleges electronically through SCOIR.

YouScience

YouScience is a comprehensive aptitude and interest assessment that we use to help our students discover best-fit careers and associated college majors.

Common Application

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to over 500 member colleges and universities.

College Board Big Future

 

 

BigFuture by the College Board, found online at BigFuture.org, guides all students through the
college planning process, making it easier and less overwhelming. The step-by-step approach
demystifies college planning, particularly for those students who are the first generation in their
families to attend college.


Students using BigFuture answer questions and make choices about their own needs and
preferences. Easy-to-use search tools and informative videos guide them through the process.
The large collection of videos contains real-world advice from college students and expert
educators.

SAT & ACT College Entrance Exams

College entrance exams are often an important part of the student’s application for colleges during their senior year.  We encourage students to take the SAT after completing Algebra 2.  Typically, this is the summer or fall after sophomore year.  Please see this flyer for more information about the SAT. Many students also chose to take the ACT.  This booklet published by the ACT is a helpful guide that summarizes the college entrance exam process.  The current and most updated exam dates and registration deadlines can be found here for the SAT and here for the ACT.  Colleges and Universities take either exam equally and either exam can help qualify a student for Bright Futures

SAT Prep

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free study quizzes, practice tests, and interactive lessons that are based on previous SAT and PSAT tests.  These materials will prepare you for the SAT.

PSAT

Students in 10th and 11th grade can take the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT.

State University System of Florida

Together with the Florida College System, the State University System of Florida, which includes Florida’s 28 community colleges and state colleges, it is part of Florida’s system of public higher education. The system, headquartered in Tallahassee, is overseen by a chancellor and governed by the Florida Board of Governors. Please see the Matrix that provides detailed information about each college’s application data and process. 

NCAA Eligibility

 

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Financial Aid Guide

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid is a helpful resource for college financial aid information including scholarships, loans, savings plans, and military aid.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid.

Bright Futures

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program establishes lottery-funded scholarships to reward Florida high school graduates for high academic achievement.

 

FastWeb

Search for unlimited scholarships for free in this easy-to-use website. It also organizes scholarships based on your likelihood of applying. In addition, it gives you a total of the potential amount of money you could receive from all the scholarships you qualify for.

Cappex

Cappex is a comprehensive search site that provides users with helpful tools to evaluate colleges and scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships.com

The name serves as description enough for the purpose of this website. It is very similar to Fastweb. It will match a student with scholarships they qualify for, organize them for the student, and they can apply for the scholarship straight from the website.

The Stallion Award

Counselor's Corner

We as school counselors desire to encourage our students in their academic, social & emotional, and future goals pursuits (including college and vocation).  To thrive, our students need to be filled and encouraged physically, mentally, and spiritually.  As part of our curriculum plan, we will continue with our classroom lessons and also send resources to our students and you as parents as we continue through the year.  There are practical steps on how we can promote our own mental health and encourage others and receive support when we are struggling.  We look forward to partnering with you as we work together for our student’s success and overall health.

Mrs. Green, Mrs. Van Bever, and Mr. Augenstein

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