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    Preparing for College actually starts as soon as a student begins high school. How can a student prepare to gain admittance into a four-year college? By following our guidelines, students can lay all the groundwork and preparations necessary for the application process in senior year.

    Freshmen: Is it too early for a freshman to start preparing for college? Absolutely not! Here’s what you can do to get started:

    Get good grades! The first place a college admissions advisor looks is at a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). This is the average of all final grades in both semesters (January and June) each year.

    The College Office is a full-service resource and counseling center designed to prepare students in grades 9-12 for post-secondary life.  The office  provides support and assistance to students and their families as they explore college and career choices and complete college, financial aid and scholarship applications.  Students and parents/guardians meet regularly with staff  to discuss academic performance, college and career options, curriculum choices, interim assessments and standardized testing. 

    Representatives from many career-based organizations, colleges, trade schools and universities visit the college Office every year to meet with students and in small groups.  Trips to various college campuses are provided for juniors and seniors as well.  Parent meetings related to college career planning and financial aid are held.

    The College Office is accessible every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Computers and resource books are available for student use.   Students may visit before or after their school day or during their lunch period. 

    Start exploring possible careers. You can do this by looking at a great website: http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm . This website lists every occupation in the United States! It gives a complete job description, salary, and education requirements for the position.

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