9th and 10th Graders

Because 9th and 10th graders should be busy establishing a solid academic foundation, engaging in activities they enjoy, and developing as human beings, the college advising process for them is broad and consists of:
  • A group meeting in 9th grade to discuss maintaining good academic habits and exploring extracurricular activities and to answer questions students have about college and the college search. We will discuss what a transcript is and what it means moving forward.
  • A couple of group meetings in 10th grade to reinforce messages about good academic habits, to answer student questions about the college search, and to introduce Naviance for students who wish to begin doing college research and self-assessment.
  • A one-on-one meeting with a college advisor to discuss 10th-grade PSAT and Pre-ACT results and plan for future standardized testing and course selection.
  • When requested, one-on-one meetings or phone calls with 9th or 10th graders or their parents (as time allows) to answer preliminary questions related to college.

11th and 12th Graders

Our college advising program intentionally focuses primarily on 11th and 12th graders because they are better equipped to take part in the self-reflection and research that goes into the college search. College Advising for 11th and 12th graders consists of:
  • A series of small group meetings in fall/winter of 11th grade to introduce the college advising curriculum and process.
  • Several one-on-one meetings with a college adviser in the second semester of 11th grade to begin individual college planning: self-assessment, course planning for 12th, standardized testing, building a college list, planning for summer, and requesting teacher recommendations.
  • A meeting with each student’s parents or family members in the spring of 11th grade.
  • Continued one-on-one meetings with a college adviser in 12th grade to balance and finalize the college list, work through applications, plan and strategize about deadlines, and review essays and other written materials.
  • A series of optional application workshops, essay-writing workshops, and workshops on interviewing and other relevant topics.
  • College visits to Indian Springs throughout the fall, open to 11th and 12th graders.
For more comprehensive information on the timeline for college planning and how we assist students and parents along the way, please see our Handbooks.