College Preparation Tips
- Get the best grades possible in the most challenging courses in which you can be successful.
- Maintain a rigorous schedule all four years.
- Many four-year colleges require two years of a world language (some more).
- Get involved in clubs, organizations and community service.
- Take courses related to college major and career interests.
- Students who take AP courses can take the AP exam in May of that year. They may earn college credit if they score well.
- Take the Cluster Finder and Career Interest Profiler in Naviance Student.
- Investigate the careers that match.
- Look at the career pathways in the Program of Studies and determine your pathway and courses needed to prepare.
- Attend college fairs.
- Consider your personality, strengths and abilities and how they match careers.
- Research careers and the post-secondary education required.
- PSAT /SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests (see more below)
- Complete the Strengths Explorer in Naviance Student
- Do college search in Naviance Student
- Do research and identify five to ten colleges to visit
- Visit with college reps at SVHS and visit colleges
- Prospective College Athletes - Meet with Mr. Frey for Information
- Potential DI and DII athletes register with NCAA eligibility center
- SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests if still needed
- Visit colleges.
- Apply to colleges
- Apply for financial aid
College Admission Tests
- The PSAT is given to all juniors in October. This is the practice test for the SAT.
- The SAT and ACT are accepted by all colleges and typically required only for 4 year schools.
- Students take the SAT in their junior year. Many take the March SAT offered at SVHS. See College Board website for all dates.
- Students often take the SAT two times and some will take the ACT.
- Selective schools may require the SAT Subject tests in addition.
- We meet with students in small groups every year to discuss doing your best in high school, career and college preperation.
- We meet with students individually every year to discuss their career pathway and high school preparation.
- We provide evening programs for parents: Senior College Info Night in September, Financial Aid Night in October, Junior College Info Night in November and PSAT score review in December. See school calendar for dates and times.
- We are always available to parents and students.
- Naviance Student web based program
- Counseling website
- College representatives visit SVHS
- Scholarship list for seniors in Naviance
- Students playing division I or II college athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of their junior year.
- All potential College Student Athletes at all levels are encouraged to meet with Mr. Frey for information prior to or during Junior year.