The College Process with CPS

The journey to college may seem confusing, but here at CPS, we have deconstructed the complex path to the college of your child's dreams and offer services to help your family navigate that process!

 

Freshman/sophomore year

Summer after Freshman year

  • Take a practice ACT/SAT or a diagnostic test
  • Family consultation (academic advising and resume building)
  • Week long intro camp: 15 hours of prep  
  • Target a February or June national test

Fall:

  • Family consultation (create a timeline for ACT/SAT prep and testing)
  • Send athletic bio to coaches
  • Begin college visits
  • Start thinking what attributes of a college are important to you: small vs large; liberal arts vs state schools; DI, DII,DIII, NAIA; Super Score schools

Spring:

  • 5-week ACT/SAT preparation class
  • First ACT/SAT test

Junior year

Fall:

  • 5 week ACT/SAT review classes
  • Track composite and super score (ACT) or score choice (SAT)
  • Career assessment 
  • College visits
  • Networking with department heads of potential colleges
  • Network with college admission counselors 

Spring:

  • Finish ACT/SAT testing
  • Continue college visits
  • Send athletic/music bios

senior year

Fall:

  • Common Application opens August 1st
  • College application workshops
  • Gather scholarship applications from guidance office
  • Scholarship essay workshops
  • Overnight visits to potential schools (try to make a visit on weekdays when classes are in session and offices are open)
  • Submit FAFSA and CSS profile for financial aid

Spring:

  • Make final visits to colleges for admitted student days
  • Merit scholarship interviews (generally top 3%)
  • Acceptance/admittance consultations