College Guidance

College Guidance News and Key Dates:

With the ever changing and increasingly competitive world of college admissions, Little Rock Christian Academy recognizes the importance of equipping students with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful both in high school and beyond. The LRCA College Guidance Office offers individualized counseling that begins in grade nine and continues through the senior year. Students are encouraged to discover their God-given gifts and talents, and to take charge of their futures in an environment that provides intellectual and spiritual challenge, reflection and support.

Our staff invests in getting to know each student, serving as a resource to parents, making personal connections with college representatives across the country, and ultimately assisting students in selecting a college that will allow them to reach their educational, and career goals. We cultivate this process by offering individual, family, and group informational meetings, visits with college representatives, SAT and ACT advice, assistance with applications, interviews, and scholarships. For a detailed description of the College Guidance "flow" for 8th-12th grades, please click here.

Each fall LRCA hosts college admissions officers who meet with students and share their respective school information. After 18 years of graduating exceptional students who demonstrate high levels of achievement, recruiters now seek out LRCA students, knowing they will be well prepared and well rounded.

Resources and Information

Student Checklist by Grade

8th Grade:

  • Meetings will be held with students and parents to prepare families for the importance of the college guidance process that starts in 9th grade.


Freshman Year:

  • Develop good study habits
  • Learn about extra-curricular activities - many colleges consider talent and leadership
  • Visit the College Guidance Office
  • Develop a 4 year academic plan
  • Take the PSAT Test (given at LRCA during school hours)
  • Parent/student meetings to discuss test registration/preparation and ensure students are on track with classes and extracurricular activities.


Sophomore Year:

  • Take the PSAT Test (given at LRCA during school hours)
  • Update 4 year academic plan
  • Be certain you are fulfilling all course requirements to graduate
  • Consider taking a Study Strategy course or an ACT/PSAT Test Prep course
  • Begin to research some college choices
  • Preparation for ACT/SAT
  • Take AP exams in May (if applicable)
  • Parent/student meetings to discuss test registration/preparation and ensure students are on track with classes and extracurricular activities.

Junior Year:

  • Visit with college representatives at LRCA throughout the year
  • Research college choices
  • Take Career Personality Assessments
  • Register to take the ACT/SAT
  • Explore SAT/ACT review courses
  • Review 4 year academic plan, graduation, and college entrance requirements
  • Search for scholarships
  • Take AP exams in May (if applicable)
  • Consider attending summer LRCA College Boot Camp
  • Schedule a "Junior Family Meeting" with College Guidance advisor to discuss the following: college matching, campus visits, ACT/SAT test prep, aptitude testing, resume construction, scholarships/financial aid, checklists, organization of materials, and interviewing skills.


Senior Year:

  • Organize senior college planning calendar
  • Finalize list of colleges to apply to by end of October
  • Watch application and scholarship deadlines
  • Visit with college representatives on campus and at college fairs
  • Register for the ACT/SAT/SAT Subject Tests if needed
  • In December, notify college advisor if 7th semester grades are to be sent to colleges
  • Take AP exams in May (if applicable)
  • Request final transcript to be sent to the college you will be attending
  • Notify College Guidance Office of all college decisions
  • Apply for housing early - check refund policy
  • Stay on task; colleges have been known to revoke admissions

College Planning Tools

ACT/SAT Test Dates & Resources

ACT -

Register at www.ACT.org


ACT Test Dates


Registration Deadline

Late Fee Required

September 10, 2016

August 5, 2016

August 6 - 19, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 16, 2016

Sept. 17 – Sept. 30, 2016

December 10, 2016

November 4, 2016

November 5 - 18, 2016

February 11, 2017

January 13, 2017

January 14 - 20, 2017

April 8, 2017

March 3, 2017

March 4 - 17, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 6 - 19, 2017


SAT -

Register at www.CollegeBoard.org



SAT Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Fee Registration

Deadline (Online)

October 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

September 20, 2016

November 5, 2016

October 7, 2016

October 25, 2016

December 3, 2016

November 3, 2016

November 22, 2016

January 21, 2017

December 21, 2016

January 10, 2017

March 11, 2017

February 10, 2017

February 28, 2017

May 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 24, 2017


College Representative Visits

Many college representatives visit our campus during the fall semester. To see a complete list of fall visits click here. Occasionally, our reps. will return to campus in the spring to follow up with students.


Federal/State Student Aid Information

College Acceptances

Summer College Boot Camp

Experience LRCA's College Boot Camp and be a step ahead in the college application process before your senior year even starts!

College Boot Camp helps rising seniors prepare their college applications during the summer and have them ready to submit in early fall. Students will complete applications (including edited essays), write and polish resumes, confer with college reps and much more. Take advantage of this amazing camp that will have you prepared for the college admissions process.



DATES (2017):

June 27-29, July 11-13, July 25-27


REGISTRATION:

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The total session cost is $349. Registration will be available March 1st.


BROCHURE:

Click here for the 2016 College Boot Camp brochure. The 2017 brochure will be available soon.


Contact Information:

Carla Kenyon - Director of College Guidance - 8th, 9th & 12th grades - carla.kenyon@littlerockchristian.com

Sarah Jones - College Guidance Counselor - 10th & 11th grades - sarah.jones@littlerockchristian.com

Paulette Wheeler - College Guidance Assistant - paulette.wheeler@littlerockchristian.com


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