Brookwood’s Office of College Counseling provides the following services:
- Personal counseling and referrals for additional help - one on one and small groups
- Study skills and academic counseling - tracking and advising of students
- Career counseling - interest testing, resources
- College counseling - personal assisting and monitoring of student’s application process and financial aid/scholarship search
- Find out about: Senior Year Calendar, Colleges, and Career visits
- Naviance - a comprehensive college and career readiness solution. Click here for a quick guide to Naviance.
- College Board - register for the SAT. Also has the FAFSA, college search Program, where students can set up records, and perform test preparation.
- ACT.org - register and learn about the ACT test.
- US News Colleges and Careers - College rankings, and maps to colleges. Good search engine for making a tentative list of colleges.
- College Net
- Collegeview.com -search device and rich in information
- Embark.com - free service providing exact replicas of applications. Search for colleges.
- Georgia EASY System - to ease the process of applying to a University System of Georgia institution Common Market - a list of cooperating colleges with specific majors designated which qualify for in state tuition rates.
- Georgia Student Finance Commission - administers the HOPE Scholarship
- Learning Disability - help site
- Mapping Your Future - career planning
- NCAA - All athletes interested in playing collegiate sports need to visit this site.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook- describes various careers in detail. Projected job market. Excellent government resource.
The Road to College
- This year begins your transcript, which will be sent to colleges during the fall of your Senior year. At year’s end, you will have over one-third of your GPA.
- Set goals for your high school years to include awards, honors, community service, and extra-curricular activities.
- Remember the Georgia Hope Scholarship GPA derives from 4 English, 4 math, 3 social science, 4 lab science, and 2 foreign language credits.
- If your GPA isn’t where you want it, get help with study skills from the Guidance Office or your teachers.
- Begin selecting a few extra-curricular activities that you wish to sustain over high school. This is better than a one-year commitment to a dozen activities.
- Review your goals. Make necessary adjustments.
- Begin researching college and scholarship opportunities. Attend meetings with visiting college admissions officers.
- Visit college campuses when you are out of town. Call ahead for tour booking.
- This is your final research year. Attend all Brookwood meetings with college representatives.
- Visit campuses. Ask questions of college students you know: “Why did you pick this college?” “What do you like best?” “Least?”
- Research merit scholarships. Sources include parents’ business and civic groups, nternet sites and colleges themselves. Notice competition essay topics - consider working on these over the summer.
- Take two SATs and once ACT by the end of June. You may test better on one format than the other. Colleges use scores for monetary awards.
- By year’s end, select 10-12 potential college choices to which to apply.
- This year’s grades are the last, which will appear on the transcript sent with your college application.
- Be ready to apply to 3-5 colleges. The standard formula is 1 reach (a bit of a stretch given your GPA and SAT scores), 3 reasonable schools (you fit in their admission parameters) and 1 safety school (you are quite certain of admission here).
- If you are close in score to scholarship or admission qualifications take another SAT or ACT to reach that goal.
- Line up any recommendations you need. The writer needs two weeks notice to construct an effective, thoughtful letter.
- Check all submission deadlines carefully! Missing one could seriously impact the application process.
- If you have questions, email the college directly. They appreciate a proactive student.
- The College Counselor and Dean of Students will automatically send midyear grades to the colleges and HOPE-qualified students to the state, respectively.