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Meet the Counselor | Plymouth Christian Academy

This is an exciting time in your life as you begin your middle school and high school career. My role as school counselor is to assist you on this journey. At PCA, we are happy to offer a program of studies that is uniquely suited to help you grow and develop into lifelong learners and leaders. The next several years are critical to your future. The decisions you make will determine your opportunities for a college education, scholarships, and a career. It’s a time of self-discovery as you learn more about your interests and strengths. Most importantly, you will begin to discover the gifts that God has given to you and how they fit in His plan for your life. I look forward to assisting you during this very important time in your life.

Educating for Eternity,
Mrs. Dana Zambeck

High School Planning Guide

Freshmen
  • Meet with the counselor to go over your 4-year course schedule
  • Make a list of academic and personal goals. Review them at least once a year.
  • Check out web sites of your ‘dream’ colleges. What are their admissions requirements? Are you taking the right courses?
  • Create a file. Get a milk crate and some folders. Keep all your important papers, grades, magazine articles, scholarship opportunities….whatever.
  • Find fun and interesting ways to volunteer.
  • Start a portfolio to keep track of your activities, volunteer work, jobs and who the contact person is. Write down your impressions, especially what you do and don’t like about each activity. Gradually, you may begin to see where your interests or potential college major may become.
  • Talk to your parents about how much money may be available for your college education. Not a lot? No problem IF you plan ahead.
  • Join a sport, club or student government. It’s never too early to begin a resume or potential references/recommendations for college.
  • Set short and long term goals for yourself
Sophomore
  • Take the PreACT
  • Focus on your GPA
  • Start a list of colleges to consider. Be sure to go to any college fairs in your area
  • Start a scholarship search
  • Update your records of activities, volunteer work, programs, classes, and traveling. File information you receive on colleges, scholarships and tests. Your interests may change as you get older and getting more experience may help narrow your career focus. These activities are also great to list on resumes and college applications.
  • Review and revise your goals
  • Think careers! Talk to people about their jobs.
Junior
  • Concentrate on your GPA.
  • Juniors take the ACT and/or SAT
  • Get information packets from the colleges you’re considering
  • Intensify your scholarship search. Keep track of deadlines and requirements.
  • Attend career days, college fairs and financial aid workshops
  • Meet with your counselor. Be sure your classes are on the right track for the colleges you’re considering and that you’re meeting graduation requirements.
  • Talk to your coach if you want to play for a college team or apply for an athletic scholarship
  • Take AP exams for any AP classes you’ve completed.
  • Create a master calendar of deadlines. Include college applications, test registrations and test dates, scholarships applications, housing, and financial deadlines
  • Zero in on what teachers you want to ask for recommendations
  • Work on your resume
Senior

Fall

  • Last chance to take the ACT or SAT. Register early.
  • Complete college applications, financial aid and housing applications.
  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Make sure your high school transcripts and records are correct and up-to-date.
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops.
  • Ask for letters of recommendations from teachers, employers and coaches.
  • Finish essays for college applications and scholarships.
  • Update your resume.

Spring

  • Decide on a college and notify the admissions office by May 1st of your acceptance.
  • Create a budget to determine your needs
  • Determine if you need a student loan. File your application.
  • Take AP exams.
  • Have your final transcript sent to your college

Upcoming Events & News You Need to Know

 

AP STUDENTS: Payment for the May 2020 AP tests is due by Nov. 1st and can be paid online HERE.

JUNIORS: PSAT TESTING: On Wednesday, Oct. 16th, the Junior class will be taking the PSAT test. This practice SAT test also enters students into the National Merit Scholarship program. The test will be given in the morning and students will attend their regular classes after lunch. An information packet and sample test were given to the Juniors in their Bible class last week. The results of the test will be shared with students in December. 

SOPHOMORES: Pre-ACT TESTING: On Wednesday, Oct. 16th, the Sophomore class will be taking a Pre-ACT test. This test simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students with early exposure to ACT test quality questions and helps them get comfortable with the testing experience. It also helps parents and educators identify where additional support might be necessary. Testing will be in the morning and students will attend their regular classes after lunch. The results of the test will be shared with students in December. 

FREE ACT PRACTICE TEST: Huntington Learning Center in Canton is providing a free practice ACT test to PCA students on Wednesday, Oct. 30th from 9 am – 1 pm. A Huntington Representative will share the results of the test with parents at a meeting on Monday, Nov. 11th at 6 pm in the PCA Science Room 24. Please contact Mrs. Zambeck with instructions on how to register. The deadline to register is Oct. 25th. 

SENIORS: You should be working on college applications! Many colleges and universities require a Fall application deadline. The best way to learn about a specific college is to set up a campus visit.  You are allowed 4 absences/school year for college visits. 

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS: PCA is partnering with PARCHMENT to make ordering transcripts easier for you. Seniors were sent an email last Spring during Explore Week on how to register for this service. Sending transcripts electronically to most colleges is free thru PARCHMENT. If you find there is a fee, please see Mrs. Zambeck to order a paper copy instead. The site also has a search tool to help students find colleges that match their interests. 

College Admissions Representatives lunchroom visits: The following colleges are scheduled. Keep posted for more colleges to be added this Fall! 

October 1 – Kuyper College, Oakland University 

October 2 – Hillsdale College, Cedarville University 

October 3 – Cornerstone University, Eastern University 

October 4 – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Lunchtime presentation – sign up with Mrs. Zambeck) 

October 7 – Kettering University 

October 22 – Adrian College 

Order Your Transcripts

PCA has partnered with PARCHMENT to make it convenient for you to receive your transcripts. 

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