- Health & Wellness
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- College Checklist
- College Athletics
- Social Media Safety
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- College Financial Aid
- Letter of Recommendation
The Assembly schedule is a work in progress as our counseling student team is working to evaluate the needs of the student body and incorporate their input. The counseling student team as well as some outside presenters will address the month theme in a variety of ways. Please check the schedule often as it will be updated regularly.
Freshman will meet in small groups with their counselors to develop four-year plans and help navigate the transition into high school. Sophomores will meet one-on-one with their counselor to review their four-year plan and to start the college planning process. Junior year, students and parents are invited to meet with their counselor to have a more in depth conversation about the college application process and help advise families with the many questions that come with this exciting time.
OTHER COLLEGE COUNSELING RESOURCES INCLUDE
- Admissions counselors from various colleges visit our school throughout the year to meet with interested juniors and seniors. Students will sign up for these sessions via Naviance.
- The college counseling library includes guidebooks, catalogs, test prep resources and scholarship information to help students prepare for college.
St. James Academy is pleased to partner with Naviance Family Connections, a comprehensive online college counseling portal. Students and parents use Naviance to research colleges and careers, apply to college, and request all transcripts and recommendations for college applications.
Naviance also allows students to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
- Research colleges – Compare GPAs, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted to in the past.
- Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments.
- Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for college and career goals.
Naviance allows us to share information with parents and students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.
To get started, please log into Naviance
Log into student’s Naviance account using the student’s SJA email address. The password is the word “password” and the student’s 3-digit Powerschool password (example “password345”).
Test or test again – The final ACT of the academic year is in July. The first ACT in the fall is September. October is the last time to test and have it count towards Merit based scholarship opportunities. Make sure you are on track to be content with you score by October of your senior year!
Continue to research and visit college campuses throughout the spring and summer – The goal is to have a reasonable list of schools you plan to apply to when school starts in the fall. Add all colleges your interested in on Naviance Student.
Continue to compile a list of your activities and awards in Naviance student (using their résumé function).
Ready to apply to colleges? Before you start your applications:
- Make sure the colleges have started accepting applications for the academic school year (this is typically around July).
- Determine if you are applying directly to the school via their website or if you will be using Common Application. (Hint: Only use Common App if you have three or more schools that will accept the Common Application. It is time-consuming! Visit www.commonapp.org for a complete list of Common App schools.)
- Once you are ready to apply choose the college in Naviance Student under “Colleges I’m Applying To”. You can use the website function within Naviance to get directly to the schools application website. Mark as “completed” once you are finished applying and request a transcript be sent.
If you wish to pursue athletics in college, make sure you complete the following:
- Create a student account with NCAA Clearinghouse
- Talk with your counselor to evaluate eligibility guidelines
Have discussions as a family as to what is feasible financially as it relates to college.
If schools you’re interested in require essays for admission and/or scholarships begin organizing your thoughts and consider signing up for Mrs. Jordan’s Summer Essay Camp.
If Letters of Recommendation are requested by the schools you are applying to please consider 2-3 teachers or coaches you would like to write a recommendation on your behalf.
Complete a FAFSA predictor to gauge what financial aid you may qualify for.
Please email or see the Counselors with any questions!
Are you planning to pursue a sport in college?
Please see your counselor to discuss your options and ensure the eligibility paperwork is in order for NCAA or NAIA.
College bound students that want to participate in NCAA Division I or Division II athletics must meet a core-course progression requirement to be eligible to compete in the initial year of full-time enrollment at an NCAA Division I or Division II school.
NCAA and NAIA only accept SAT or ACT test scores directly from ACT and SAT. They will not accept them from SJA. Make sure to add their codes when registering for SAT or ACT test with the codes below:
NCAA Code – 9999
NAIA Code – 9876
Send Transcript to Eligibility Center.
Public Social Media Safety speaker and author, Josh Ochs, has several resources for parents and families regarding potential dangers with Applications and Social Media.
The online database, www.SupportGroupsInKansas.org, contains more than 2,500 local and national support group resources. Groups and resources can be searched by topic and/or by county. Topics include medical conditions, disabilities, relationship issues, parenting, grief, abuse, caregiving, and addiction, among many others.
SCHEDULE CHANGE POLICY
Schedule changes cannot be guaranteed once students have signed up for their preferred courses. The master schedule is built on the basis of student choices of courses; therefore, class size and arrangement of time periods for courses can prohibit possible changes. A schedule change may be requested during the first 5 days of the semester. The student must follow established school procedures and course changes will depend on space availability.
Schedule changes may be made only for sound academic reasons and are an exception, not the rule. Requests will not be considered until the Schedule Change Request Form is filled out completely, signed by the designated persons and submitted to the counseling department. Schedule changes, which could be initiated by a counselor, will only be made for the following reasons and must be approved by the administration:
- The student needs to enroll in a required class to meet graduation requirements.
- The student is enrolled in a class for which he/she has already received credit.
- The student has not met the prerequisites for the class.
- The student has an incomplete schedule.
- The teacher recommends a student move to a different course that matches their academic needs.
Note: The following reasons do not qualify a student for a schedule change: teacher preference, personality conflicts, workload, desire to maintain a high GPA, desire to be with friends.
WP – withdrawn, passing grade, NO credit
WF – withdrawn, failing grade, NO credit
Students are asked to follow their present schedule and complete any assignments/assessments until their request for a change has been fully processed by the counselor and an administrator.
Check out the scholarships list on Naviance Family Connections! Information is listed for many scholarships, both local and national. There are also listings for various scholarship search database websites where you can set up a personal profile and search for scholarship matches. Additional scholarship information will continue to be added as it is received.
To access Scholarships on Naviance Family Connections:
- Sign into your account with your SJA email address and “password-last 3 digits of powerschool pw” ex: password123
- Select the “Colleges” tab along the top of page
- Scroll down to the “Scholarships & Money” section
- Select “Scholarship List”
The FAFSA Financial Aid application opens October 1 for students attending college next fall. The first step in FAFSA application is creating an FSA ID. It can take a few business days for FAFSA to process ID requests so we recommend creating your FSA ID ealry if you would like to begin the process once it opens in October. Students should consult with individual colleges for their specific FAFSA timelines.
Additional information and resources to help with filing your FAFSA:
- US Dept of Education webpage “7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out The FAFSA” has clear, detailed steps of what you need to start now for the FAFSA.
- KASFAA, the Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators – Their website www.ksfafsa.orgincludes videos explaining various aspects of the FAFSA, and a list of events they have scheduled across the state to help Kansans complete the FAFSA. KASFAA has also created a Facebook page dedicated to assisting with the FAFSA.
- College Board – The College Board web page “How to Complete the FAFSA” includes explanations, definitions of terms, Frequently Asked Questions, a webinar, videos and other information on completing the FAFSA.
If you or your child is in immediate danger, call 911. If you have immediate concern about your child or another child outside of business hours, please see the resources below.