College and Career Prep

Welcome
Welcome to College and Career Prep at Weatherford Christian School.  This page offers parents and students access to valuable resources and information related to the college planning process and career pathways offered at Weatherford Christian School.

At Weatherford Christian School, we proudly offer a two semester College and Career Prep course for all juniors.  The goal of this course is to ensure students are equipped to transition successfully from high school to college, and in doing so, are provided with hands-on experiences such as internships, career guest speakers, college visits and PSAT/SAT tutoring services to name a few.  In addition, we recognize the importance of not only providing thorough academic support, but also the significance of equipping students with meaningful spiritual guidance throughout the college planning process.

Parental involvement in College and Career Prep is encouraged at Weatherford Christian School.  The planning process begins in early spring of freshman year and progresses throughout high school.  A four year-plan is developed for each student and a Naviance/Family Connection training session is held to introduce families to this comprehensive and valuable college and career readiness planning program.  Additionally, informational sessions and morning coffees with the College Advisor, Dr. Sarah Collier, are offered throughout the school year to reduce any confusion regarding the planning process, to discuss student goals, AP classes, dual-credit options, PSAT/SAT/ACT, college visits, internship opportunities, FASFA information and much more!

Contact Information
Sarah Collier, Ed.D.
College Advisor

817-341-0000
sarah.collier@wcslions.org
@S_CollierWCS

College and Career Prep – Schedule 2017 – 2018
MONDAY 7th Period 1:52 – 2:39
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 7th Period 1:15 – 2:45

 

COLLEGE PLANNING OVERVIEW

Freshman Year
  • Meet with College Advisor to plan high school course selections.  Establish Naviance/Family Connection account. 
  • Enroll in academic classes and make studying a priority.  Participate in extra-curricular activities.  Begin building a resume.
  • Become involved in activities at school, in the community and at church.  Begin networking with members of the community.  Participate in volunteer opportunities.  Colleges admissions will look at how involved you are in these different areas.
  • Plan, stay organized and study to maintain a solid grade point average (GPA).
  • Do something meaningful over the summer such as volunteering, accepting a part-time job, studying abroad, or considering a collegiate summer program.  While traveling, visit local colleges.  This will help determine what size college you may like to attend. 
Sophomore Year
  • Keep enrolling in academically strong courses and work hard.  Maintain study habits.
  • Take responsibility for your course work and grades.  Meet with teachers, attend tutorials or plan a study group with peers to improve and/or stay on track.
  • Begin to consider the various types of colleges available and the types of programs they offer.
  • Take the PSAT (spring) and use results to determine strengths and weaknesses in writing, verbal, and math skills.
  • Continue visiting colleges informally whenever you are near one during a family trip or vacation.
  • Enroll in College and Career Prep course for Junior Year.
Junior Year
  • Focus strongly on academic performance.  Increase GPA for use on college admissions applications.
  • Visit with college representatives at college fairs and when college representatives visit WCS.  Forming a relationship with these representatives is beneficial when applying to colleges.
  • Participate meaningfully in the PSAT/SAT tutorials offered once a week during College Prep the six weeks prior to the PSAT in October.  A valuable resource.
  • Take the PSAT in October. National Merit Scholarship Competition is determined from the junior-year PSAT.
  • Complete all tasks assigned by the College Advisor in Naviance/Family Connection.
  • Register for senior classes. Do not treat this as an “easy” year.  Challenge yourself.  It will show on your college application.
  • Take the SAT and/or the ACT in the spring.
  • Continue to develop your resume. Consider running for leadership positions during your senior year.
  • Ask teachers for recommendation letters before the end of the school year.
Senior Year
  • Attend College Application Night - Night meeting for parents and students in early September to discuss application process.
  • Begin applying online or obtaining paper applications.
  • Use Naviance/Family Connection and College Board to save a list of test registration deadlines, fees, test dates, and college application deadlines.
  • Prepare college application, essays, and personal statements.
  • Ask teachers for recommendation letters and/or scholarship letters if you did not do so at the end of junior year.
  • Continue to maintain strong grades. Colleges will view fall grades and they are used in the admissions process.

WCS College Acceptances

Abilene Christian University
Baylor University
Colorado School of Mines
Lubbock Christian University
Navarro College
Ohio State University
Rhodes University
Tarleton State University
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Texas State
Texas Tech University
Trinity University
University of St. Andrews
Weatherford College
And More…