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College Counseling

The LCA High School Counseling Department is committed to assisting high school students and their families in preparing for the college journey. During this is exciting time, our counselors will work to give you the information necessary to make such an important decision for your child's future.

You will find many valuable resources and planning tools here including: ACT/SAT resources and test dates, links to financial aid and scholarships, college visitation information and forms, NCAA and NAIA information, and a transcript request form.

LCA students also use Naviance, which is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. With Naviance, students discover best-fit higher education options by allowing them to show interest and connect with institutions looking for students just like them. Naviance is a great tool to help our students align their college plans to their long-term career aspirations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our counselors listed on the right.

College Planning Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Take courses appropriate to your abilities and get the best grades possible
  • Get involved in activities that interest you
  • Develop good personal and spiritual habits
  • Take the PSAT and review results
  • Create a resume, keep track of community service hours, extra-curricular activities
  • Make plans to have a meaningful summer (job, internship, shadowing, camp, etc.)

sophomore year

  • Continue to take courses appropriate to your abilities and get the best grades possible
  • Stay involved in activities that interest you
  • Continue to develop good personal and spiritual habits
  • Take the PSAT and practice ACT and review results
  • Update your Naviance resume (remove this, please!) 
  • Make plans to have a meaningful summer (job, internship, shadowing, camp, etc.)

Junior Year

  • Continue to take courses appropriate to your abilities and get the best grades possible
  • Stay involved in activities that interest you
  • Continue to develop good personal and spiritual habits
  • Take PSAT and review results
  • Update your Naviance resume (remove this, please!) 
  • Meet with college reps when they visit LCA
  • Visit college campuses
  • Attend college fairs
  • List colleges that you're interested in in Naviance under “Colleges I’m thinking about”
  • Schedule an individual meeting with your college counselor during the spring semester
  • Sign up for an ACT prep course
  • Take the ACT by the end of junior year
  • Make plans to have a meaningful summer (job, internship, shadowing, camps, etc.)

senior year

Summer
  • Visit Colleges
  • Update your “Colleges I’m thinking about” list as needed in Naviance
  • Start making a list of colleges you want to apply to and gather information on their application requirements 
  • Get a a head start and begin work on college essays
  • Update your resume 
  • Begin thinking about who you want to write your letter(s) of recommendation
  • Make plans to have a meaningful summer (job, internship, shadowing, camps, etc.)
  • Take your senior photos 
  • Retake the ACT, if needed
Fall
  • Continue to take courses appropriate to your abilities and get the best grades possible
  • Formally request letters of recommendation, as needed
  • Retake the ACT, if needed
  • Schedule an individual meeting with your college counselor 
  • Make calendar of deadlines for applications and scholarships
  • Meet with college reps when they visit LCA
  • Continue to visit college campuses and attend college fairs
  • Order caps and gowns and graduation invitations 
  • Request transcripts to be sent at least two weeks before the application deadline by adding schools to Naviance under “Colleges I’m applying to”
  • Complete the FAFSA beginning October 1 of each year
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Complete all applications
  • Ask your college counselor to review you applications and essays before submitting 
  • Send ACT scores to each college, if applicable 
Spring
  • Attend LCA end of year celebrations
  • After admission decisions come back, rank your top choices
  • Make a plan to visit your top choices (stay overnight if possible)
  • Discuss with your family and pray about your decision
  • Make your decision and send your enrollment deposit by May 1
  • Communicate with all schools that accepted you
  • Celebrate, you did it!

Staff

 

Rhiannon Owens
9th-10th Academic Counselor

 

Joshua Palmer
11th-12th College Counselor

 

Amy Cornell
11th-12th College Counselor