|Welcome to Augusta Prep College Counseling!|
Our mission is to help students and their parents navigate the college decision-making process and researching viable educational choices, ultimately finding the best match between a student's talents and interests and those colleges and programs which will offer appropriate intellectual and personal challenges.
Selecting a college that suits one's academic, professional and personal needs is an important decision. It requires conscientious research, critical thought, and considerable planning, involving both students and parents. There is no "best" college for any individual; there are many options. The College Counseling Office at Augusta Prep gives personal attention to each student navigating this exciting process.
- Encourage students and their families to consider a variety of college and post-secondary options in search of the best fit.
- Consistently distribute pertinent and useful information about all aspects of the college search and selection process.
- Use technology effectively to enhance and streamline as many aspects of the process as possible.
- Work to diminish the impact of misinformation from well-meaning but non-expert sources (family, friends, colleagues, websites) by providing easy access to resources and timely answers to questions from trustworthy sources.
- Provide support to students and parents to reduce the stress and anxiety that inevitably come with this important decision-making process.
- Support families throughout the processes of searching and applying for financial aid from federal, state, and private sources.
- Coordinate and administer Prep’s PLAN, PSAT, Advanced Placement and special needs college testing programs.
- Provide information on appropriate test preparation .
- Provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for students, parents, as well as guests from colleges, universities, important programs and other schools throughout the year.
We are partners with the school’s faculty, and we care deeply about students finding balance in their experiences both during the college search and selection process and beyond their years at Prep. We strive for excellence and consistency in all of our work and hold students to high standards in all of our interactions with them. It is our hope that all students will emerge from this process with a clear sense of purpose and empowered to manage the challenges of their college years with confidence in their abilities and the wherewithal to make good decisions independently.
We maintain close contact with college admissions offices around the country. By working with admissions offices, maintaining membership and service in professional organizations, attending national and regional conferences, and touring college campuses, we have developed both a working knowledge of colleges and an understanding of the specific issues involved in the admissions processes of different institutions.
You will find a variety of useful information and resources about the college admissions process for students and parents on our web pages and in our offices. We hope that you will use our web pages often. Please know that we are always available in the College Counseling Office to assist you and answer your questions. We encourage you to call, stop by, or e-mail us any time.
College Counseling Office
|College Counseling Direct Phone Line (Marsha Vaughn) - 706-434-2528|
Main Augusta Prep Number: 706-863-1906
|College Acceptance List|
Agnes Scott College
Appalachian State University
Belmont Abbey College
Brigham Young University
Case Western Reserve University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
Columbia College Chicago
Columbus State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Institute of Technology
Franklin and Marshall College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Regents University
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University
Humboldt State University
Kennesaw State University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Mississippi State University
Montana State University, Bozeman
New York University
North Carolina State University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Portland State University
Queens University of Charlotte
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Southern Methodist University
Texas A&M University
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of California, Berkeley
University of Charleston
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Georgia
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of the South
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Valdosta State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Wheaton College IL
|College Planning Calendar|A Four-Year Overview
Applying to college is an important step in your life. Whether you are just beginning the process or are further down the road, our goal is to help guide you through the maze of college selection by providing solid advice and counseling throughout your years in the Upper School. Our College Counseling Department welcomes your questions in person, by phone, or via e-mail. We are pleased to be a part of this exciting journey!Freshman year:
- Become involved in the Upper School; explore extra-curricular opportunities.
- Take your studies seriously; set academic goals for the year.
- Create a computer file, keeping track of your extra-curricular activities, leadership positions, community service, honors, awards, summer experiences, and jobs. Update this file every semester.
- Evaluate your grades at mid-term and semester breaks to determine where you are excelling and where you need to improve. Remember that you are building your academic record for college admission beginning in your freshman year.
- Take the PLAN in the fall of your freshman year.
- Attend “Freshman Focus” with your parents in January of your freshman year.
- Update the extra-curricular activities and honors list that you began in freshman year and review your academic goals.
- Prepare to take the PLAN and the PSAT in the fall. Use the bulletins and practice test that we will distribute to you to become more familiar with the test formats and the types of questions. You may also want to visit the College Board website (www.collegeboard.com) and the ACT website (www.act.org/plan) for more information.
- Take the PSAT in October. This test is for practice only. The test date and time is on our school calendar.
- Take the PLAN in November. The test date and time is on our school calendar.
- Attend the “Sophomore Symposium” at Prep in January with parents.
- Register on the Family Connection website and take the Career and Personality assessments.
- Evaluate your performance and your interest in each academic area. If you are strong in a particular subject or subjects, consult with your teachers and advisor about taking Honors and Advanced Placement courses in your junior year.
- If your family travels bring you near a college or university, consider making an informal visit.
- If appropriate, take the SAT Subject Tests in June. Contact your teachers or College Counseling office with any questions.
- Consider registering for a PSAT/SAT Prep class over the summer or in the fall of your junior year.
Junior Year:August and September
- Review your academic plans for Upper School and continue to update the list of activities and honors you began as a freshman.
- Create an on-line resume, using Family Connection.
- Attend the junior class retreat, visiting colleges and participate actively in those college tours.
- Begin to establish criteria for the type of college that you would like to attend. Use college guides and websites to find schools that meet your criteria. Talk to family, friends, and teachers about their college choices and experiences.
- Prepare for the October PSAT. While this is still a practice for the SAT, juniors who score exceptionally well on the PSAT may be considered for participation in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
- Attend the CSRA College Night held at the James Brown Arena.
- Take the PSAT in October. The test date and time is on our school calendar.
- Evaluate your midterm grades and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve to meet your academic goals for the year. The grade point average provided to colleges when you apply is cumulative through the end of junior year.
- Register for the SAT in either January or March.
- Register for the ACT in either February or April.
- Attend the “Junior College Jumpstart” with your parents.
- Complete the junior questionnaire on Family Connection website and update your resume.
- Schedule a one-on-one conference with your college counselor.
- Prepare for the January or March SAT.
- Look ahead to winter, spring, and summer breaks as opportunities to visit colleges.
- Determine with your teacher, advisor, or college counselor whether you should take SAT Subject Tests in May or June.
- Continue your college research.
- Parents should log on the Family Connection website, complete the parent questionnaire, and access other helpful information.
- Continue researching.
- Parents and students should schedule their family meeting with the college counselor.
- Register for all remaining junior year standardized tests.
- When you visit college campuses, be sure to ask questions, talk to college students, visit classes, and keep notes about what you liked and disliked about each campus visited.
- Begin to consider which teacher(s) could best prepare college recommendations for you.
- If you are enrolled in AP courses, take the AP exams in early May.
- Seriously prepare for all of your final exams.
- Continue to revise and narrow your college list. You should aim for a final list of 6-8 schools.
- Visit colleges you did not see during the school year.
- Visit www.commonapp.org or individual college websites to preview applications and essay questions.
- Begin to consider essay topics. Look for opportunities to use an essay for more than one application. Do rough drafts of essay topics and all applications. You will be glad you did!
- Attend the “Senior College Kick-Off” with your parents.
- Prepare all rolling applications early!
- Note all registration deadlines for fall ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and complete registration promptly. Read your applications carefully to determine which, if any, Subject Tests are required for admission or placement.
- Schedule your “Take Ten” meeting with your college counselor.
- Request teacher recommendations if you did not do so in junior year. Unless otherwise required by a college, teachers will mail recommendations directly to the college admissions office.
- Complete all rolling college applications. We highly recommend submitting these applications before October 15. As with all applications, keep copies of everything.
- Attend the CSRA College Night at the James Brown Arena.
- Make final decisions regarding Early Decision and Early Action options.
- Retake the ACT, if applicable.
- See your teachers and college counselor to perfect your college essays.
- Complete any Early Action or Early Decision applications before October 15.
- If you plan to seek financial aid and are applying to private colleges and selective state universities, complete CSS/Profile. The profile application is customized to each student and gives families and colleges an early read on a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Visit The College Board website: www.collegeboard.com
- Some competitive scholarship applications have deadlines this month. Consult with the College Counseling Office as you complete the application requirements and be sure all recommendations are completed by the required deadlines.
- Retake the SAT, if applicable.
- Finalize the remainder of your applications. All transcript requests should be submitted by December 1.
- Retake the SAT, if applicable.
- Complete all remaining applications by their December deadline date.
- Devote time and energy to prepare for your first semester exams. First semester senior year grades are often a deciding factor in admission decisions.
- Prepare to complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after January 1. It is required in order to receive any need-based financial aid. The application can be found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Please note: if a fee is requested, you are on the wrong website)
- The College Counseling office keeps track of all transcripts and college materials submitted through our office and mails required mid-year grades for each student.
- Complete any last minute applications (although most deadlines have now passed).
- Note financial aid application deadlines and complete FAFSA as soon as W-2 forms are available from the previous calendar year. Colleges’ aid deadlines must be met or aid may not be available. All colleges recommend submitting the forms as soon as possible after January 1.
- Early Decision/Early Action deferrals should submit additional information to colleges to update their applications and reiterate interest.
- Complete all scholarship applications that have not been submitted.
- Deadline colleges notify students of admission decisions from early March through early April. Please update the College Counseling Office with all decisions received.
- If placed on the waiting list of a school you would like to attend, promptly send additional information to update and support your application at this time. Showing a strong interest by staying in touch is important.
- If necessary, attend on-campus “Accepted Student” events to help with your decision. Notify the college you will attend prior to May 1 (Common Reply Date) and notify all other colleges of your decision, as well. This helps colleges predict their yield and make decisions on wait-list candidates.
- Notify the College Counseling Office of your college choice so that we can mail your final transcript after graduation.
- Contact the financial aid office at the college you will attend with any questions regarding your financial aid package and scholarship offers.
- If you wish to remain on a wait list, be sure to notify the college well before May 1.
- Prepare for AP exams to be held early in May.
Enjoy your summer – you are going to college!
- Be sure that your deposit reaches the college of your choice by May 1 (Common Reply Date).
- Prepare for and take all AP exams.
- Attend the College Counseling Office Survival Party.
- Congratulations on your graduation from Augusta Preparatory Day School!
In the spring of freshman year, all Augusta Prep students and their parents will receive detailed information regarding registration and use of our Family Connection web tools. Students are required to use this system to manage their college search and selection process and parents are encouraged to make the most of the myriad resources it provides. If you have any questions, have misplaced your password, or need help using the system, please contact Mrs. Vaughn right away.HOW DO I GET THERE?Family Connection Link for Augusta Prep
WHAT IS IT?
WHAT CAN IT DO?
- Web-based resource that supports course, career, and college planning
- Specific to our school
- Linked with Counselor’s Office, a service that we use in the counseling office
HOW DO YOU REGISTER?
- Share plans
- Complete surveys
- Compare colleges
- Link to selected third party resources
- Track deadlines
- Produce scatter grams
- Show schedule of college visits
- Request Transcripts
- Keep track of your thoughts about particular programs and schools
- Build your activities resume
- Each student and each parent receives a code.
- Use code to create a personal account.
- Codes are random and alphanumeric for security reasons.
- Codes can be used only once.
- On your first visit, enter the code you have been provided in the New User Box, then follow on-screen instructions.
- On subsequent visits, sign in using the Returning User Box.
|For College Representatives|
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our students, school, and office. We are pleased to welcome college representatives throughout the year.
If you would like to inquire about a particular student, application, or any program administered by our office or to schedule a campus visit, please contact:
Ms. Marsha Vaughn, Asst. Director of College Counseling
Office: 706.863.1906 ext. 208
On-Campus Directions: All college visitors will be received in the College Counseling Office which is located in McCampbell Hall.
- Follow the road into campus staying in the right lane.
- Make a right at the stop sign.
- Park in the visitor parking spaces to your right as you enter the teardrop-shaped driveway.
- McCampbell Hall is on the left (to the right of the Hull Fine Arts Center)
- When you enter McCampbell Hall through the double doors, make a right on the first hall.
- The College Counseling Office is the first office on the left.
Fax No: 706.863.6198
Augusta Preparatory Day School
Attn: College Counseling Office
285 Flowing Wells Road
Augusta, GA 30907
English is required for four years.
Fine Arts is required for one year.
Foreign Language is required through level III. Students must also take three credits of foreign language in the high school.
History is required for three years (including Government/Economics and United States History).
Mathematics is required for four years (including Geometry, Algebra II, and at least one course after Algebra II)
Science is required for four years (including Biology, Chemistry, and either Physics or Advanced Physical Science).
Twenty-two (22) Carnegie Units of credit must be earned in grades 9 through 12 including the requirements listed above. One (1) Carnegie Unit is issued for each course successfully passed. High School credits earned during 8th grade (i.e. Latin I, Algebra I) may not be used toward fulfilling the twenty-two unit graduation requirement, but may be used toward fulfilling the subject area requirements.
Fine Arts or Computer Science
Fine Arts or Computer Science
United States History
Fine Arts or Computer Science
+ other electives
The College Counseling Office is responsible for the administration of the following testing programs at Augusta Prep. Please click on any of the associated links for detailed information.SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests
(formerly known as SAT I and SAT II Tests, respectively)
Most students will take these high-stakes tests for the first time in January of the junior year. These tests are not administered at Augusta Prep unless a student has special needs and has been approved for school-based testing.Registration & Fees: Student and Family responsibility — best done on-line
Fees are assessed through the College Board.PSAT
This is the preliminary SAT and all Augusta Prep Juniors and Sophomores will take this exam in October each year. For juniors, it is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).Registration: Automatic for 11th and 10th graders
The other high-stakes standardized testing option for college-bound students, this exam has an optional writing portion (which Prep students should take) and is as accepted nationally as the SAT is.Registration & Fees: Student and Family responsibility — best done on-line
Fees are assessed through ACT.
This is the preliminary ACT and all Augusta Prep Sophomores and Freshmen will take this exam in September each year.Registration: Automatic for 9th and 10th graders
Fees: NoneAP (Advanced Placement)
Any student who is enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course at Augusta Prep is expected to take the corresponding AP Examination at the end of the school year. They are administered each year during the first two full weeks of May.Registration: Automatic for those enrolled in AP courses at APDS.
Available to other interested students by request.
Fees: Assessed per exam and payable to the APDS Business Office.
Augusta Prep's 2015-16 School Profile