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The goal of the College Counseling Office at Shannon Forest Christian School (SFCS) is to help both students and parents navigate the world of college admissions and decipher the huge amount of information that is available regarding both college selection and application.
Each student at SFCS is unique; each has a set of goals and dreams, as well as their own set of tools and gifts. The College Counseling Office at SFCS understands and recognizes this and works to provide each student with an individualized experience of both success and excellence.
The goal of our College Counseling Program is to help each student find his or her “best fit” school. Our hope is to not only help students be admitted to a range of undergraduate institutions, but to walk with them through the ongoing process of figuring out which school will provide the experiences, skills, and educational opportunities that they are seeking. We aim to empower students to take ownership of this process and feel, in the end, that he or she was responsible for his or her own achievements.
College Counseling starts at Shannon Forest as soon as the student enters 9th Grade. The College Counseling Office plays a role in helping students choose the best and most appropriate high school courses to help them achieve their post-secondary goals. Our LAUNCH Program begins by providing students with the tools they need to be successful in high school, college, and society at large. Sophomores have the opportunity, through EXPLORE, to spend time reflecting on his or her potential vocation through service, internship opportunities, and a career exploration trip. Every piece of the Shannon Experience is tailored to instill strong values in our students, to prepare them for the real world, and to set them up for a lifetime of success.
Through participation in PURSUE in the junior year, our students have the opportunity to visit a number of colleges and universities with SFCS faculty and staff members. Students will be exposed to several different types of schools, learn what to look for in a college visit, and have the opportunity to meet with Admission Counselors and current college students. At the end of the year, each junior will have an interview with the College Counseling Office, where they will have the opportunity to discuss their educational and career goals. We also host an annual “Junior Parent Night” in the fall to educate parents on the ins-and-outs of the world of college admissions.
Seniors and their parents will be asked to fill out student and parent assessment forms at the beginning of the year, which will help our office write quality letters of recommendation. We take the 12th Grade class on the annual Senior Retreat, where there is a heavy emphasis on the college application process. Seniors will also have the opportunity, in their English courses, to participate in a college application essay writing workshop. Other tools are available to students and parents as well, including Naviance/Family Connection, handbooks, workshops, timelines, and timelines. We will work very closely with students and their families throughout the year, and will be our students’ biggest advocates.
Please feel free to contact the Director of College Counseling, Kathryn Taylor, to set up an individual meeting and/or planning session.
We look forward to working with you throughout this exciting process!