College Preparation and Your Future
“The plans I have for you…” Jer. 29:11
When I grow up…
You are probably aware of an important word that accompanies thoughts of high school – the word “college”. For some of you, it inspires curiosity. “What am I going to be when I grow up?” For others, it generates worry. “Am I going to be anything special when I grow up?” Much of high school is about getting ready for the next phase in life, the phase of moving on to college and/or a career.
The best laid plans…
Yet, when you think about what it means to prepare for college or your calling in life, we want you cling to a key truth: God has a plan just for you. It’s a plan for you and you alone. Here’s what the Bible says about what God has in store for you: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has something amazing in store for you.
What’s the plan, God?
While you are a student here you will experience what it means to prepare for college and beyond. You’ll be surrounded by teachers and counselors who will help clarify the path to college. You may take challenging courses, involve yourself in a multitude of activities, and receive numerous honors, but remember that the only thing of importance is God’s plan for you. God’s plan is bigger than college and grades. Ask him to reveal what He has in store for you.
As a high school centered on Jesus Christ and the inerrancy of the Bible, Western Christian believes that a discovery of truth is ultimately a discovery of God and what He has made. Learning, therefore, is not just an avenue to a college and career; it is a way for students to experience and worship God in all of his complexity and beauty. Under this philosophy, Western Christian High School provides an atmosphere and educational structure that fosters academic training, stimulates academic curiosity and critical thinking, and develops a love and appreciation for knowledge and understanding found in and framed by a biblical worldview.
Western Christian High School graduates are well-prepared for college and attend some of the top universities in the United States. Western Christian High School also offers a variety of Honors and Advanced Placement courses. These classes prepare students for Advanced Placement Exams offered every Spring and introduce students to college level rigor in high school. With its 18:1 student to teacher ratio and its average class size at just 20 students, Western Christian High School has maintained its commitment to producing well-rounded graduates who are ready and willing to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.
It is our goal each year at Western Christian to have every member of the senior class enrolled in college upon graduation.
Objectives of the College Program
- It is our desire to give our students the individual attention they need to plan their post high school education.
- It is our desire to assist parents as they plan for their student’s future.
- It is our desire to give students resources to make choices for their unique needs.
- It is our desire to give students prognostic tools to determine their future success.
We meet these objectives through:
- Individual college counseling for sophomore, junior and senior students
- College workshop for freshman and eighth grade students
- Evening seminars for parents and students
- Two for seniors and parents, and one each for junior and sophomores and their parents and a Financial Aid Seminar
- “College View” computer system, which assists students with college choices and scholarship opportunities
- Over thirty college and university representatives who visit each year
- College Fair field trips for our sophomore and junior students
PSAT and Terra Nova tests administered to freshmen, sophomore, and junior students.
WCHiS.mymajors.com – Find your Major!
Questions about college? Your Major? Your future career? Take the My Majors Inventory and get helpful feedback. Then set up an appointment to talk with Ms. Petersen, your Guidance Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our personalized My Majors web address is: WCHiS.mymajors.com. The inventory takes less than 30 minutes, and provides helpful direction regarding majors, colleges and careers. Ms. Petersen will automatically get your results and can help you “unpack” what they mean.
Note: There are some scholarships available to Sophomores and Juniors. Don’t wait until your Senior year to start looking for money.
Test Preparation Advice and Services
Test Preparation Advice and Services
- www.collegeboard.org Website for SAT I, SAT II, AP, and PSAT test information. Note: the PSAT is taken in the fall of Junior year. It is the only way to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. If your child usually performs extremely well in testing you may want to investigate the PSAT prep books, CD-Roms or courses to help them do better.
- www.collegeboard.com Online applications and test dates for SAT.
- www.act.org Website for ACT test information and preparation
- www.ets.org Educational Testing Services – offers mini on-line tests for practice
- www.princetonreview.com Princeton Review Best Colleges
- www.testprep.com Stanford Testing Systems offers free online services and software for sale
- www.gocollege.com Go College’s website offers different versions of SAT and ACT online for practice
- www.kaplan.com Kaplan’s website offers test prep software for sale
- www.learningco.com The Learning Company offers test prep software for sale
- www.usnews.com/usnews/nycu/work/wocciss.html Campbell Interest and Skill Survey. This is an assessment tool that people use to learn about the career that’s best suited for their specific skills and interests. The CISS consists of 320 questions and takes about an hour to complete. In about three weeks you receive a report that matches interests with career options. There is a charge involved, however, I felt it was worth it. If your child is a bit uncertain about his or her interests at this time, or has weak skills, you may want to wait to take this next year. They are only sophomores after all.
Choosing a University
Choosing a University
Finding the right college out of thousands of colleges and universities in America doesn’t have to be difficult. Once you find universities that you are interested in, go directly to their websites and request information. Most will send you preliminary information about their school including brochures, costs, admission requirements, etc.