Welcome to College Connections!
College Connections keeps the St. Augustine Prep community updated on College Guidance news and important announcements. Here you will find current programs and events, noteworthy dates, college website links, pertinent information, and more – all pertaining to connecting our students to their college aspirations.
College Guidance Happenings - Opportunities Abound!
On Campus College Presentations – Check Family Connections for the calendar of visits to St. Augustine Prep.
Family Connection Highlighted Features and Functions
The St. Augustine Prep College Guidance Department is delighted to offer our students and families an innovative way to navigate through the college search and application process. Family Connection serves as our central college guidance communications site.
The college search is a journey that begins during the freshman year and we believe Family Connection helps our students achieve optimum results. We ask that you regularly log on to Family Connection to keep well-informed throughout the year.
2018 College Campus Visits
Students are encouraged to meet with the many admission counselors and representatives who visit our school to talk about the new and exciting developments happening on their campuses. Students should log on to their Family Connection account to view the most current list of schools scheduled to visit the Prep.
Once logged on, click on “Colleges.” Look at the top right corner to view “Upcoming College Visits,” click to view the list and click “Sign Up” to register. Most visits are scheduled during the Enrichment Period; however, junior and senior students must seek approval from their teacher to attend a college presentation if scheduled during a class period.
The St. Augustine Prep Guidance Department strongly encourages students to take standardized tests at least twice during their junior year (for example – two SATs or two ACT exams).
There are several options available to help students prepare for these exams. For example, by utilizing and practicing the strategies and tools provided in their Logic and Comprehension course and by taking advantage of the free online prep material offered by Collegeboard.org, Kaplan, and ACTStudent.org
See below for more information on testing dates:
|SAT Test Dates & Deadlines||Regular Registration||Late Registration|
|SAT Test Date||SAT Test Date||SAT Test Date|
|Aug. 26, 2017||July 28, 2017||Aug. 11, 2017|
|Oct. 7, 2017*||Sept. 8, 2017||Sept. 22, 2017|
|Nov. 4, 2017||Oct. 6, 2017||Oct. 20, 2017|
|Dec. 2, 2017*||Nov. 2, 2017||Nov. 21, 2017|
|Mar. 10, 2018*||Feb. 9, 2018||Feb. 28, 2018|
|May 05, 2018||Apr. 6, 2018||Apr. 25, 2018|
|June 2, 2018||May 3, 2018||May 23, 2018|
|Administered at Prep|
|ACT Test Date||Registration Deadline||ACT Scores Available|
|September 9, 2017||Aug. 4, 2017||Aug. 18, 2017|
|October 28, 2017||Sept. 22, 2017||Oct. 6, 2017|
|December 09, 2017||Nov. 3, 2017||Nov. 17, 2017|
|February 10, 2018||Jan. 12, 2018||Jan. 19, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||Mar. 9, 2018||Mar. 23, 2018|
|June 09, 2018||May 4, 2018||May. 18, 2018|
|July 14, 2018||June 15, 2018||June 22, 2018|
Outside Local Scholarships
Family Connection is updated as new scholarship opportunities arrive from area organizations. By dedicating a small amount of time to applying, students may offset college expenses; however, application due dates come quickly. Yearly, the St. Augustine Prep College Guidance Department is contacted by local, regional, and national organizations who are seeking student applications for the scholarships they have available and will be awarding. The criteria, deadlines, submission requirements, and financial awards vary.
To access the many scholarships that are available:
- Log on to Family Connection.
- Click on Colleges.
- Scroll down to Scholarships & Money and click on Scholarship List.
- Using Browse by Category select St. Augustine Prep Local (which has the latest scholarships). Prep Local, Prep Regional, Prep National and Prep Sports contain prior year scholarships awaiting updated information from the organizations.
Sorting by St. Augustine Prep Local will narrow your search to only those scholarships that have been updated by the organizations and sent to our office this year. As new scholarship opportunities are received, Family Connection will be updated. Additionally, when you apply for a scholarship please print and include the St. Augustine Prep Scholarship Application Contact Letter with your application. If you are selected for the award, the letter requests the organization notify our department.
Family Connection & Other Useful Links
The Guidance Department at St. Augustine Prep uses Family Connection as a vehicle to aid students in both their academic development and the college process. This program is introduced in sophomore year and allows students to start their college search while developing their own portfolio and resume. There are specific resources, such as the search engine SuperMatch, that match student profiles with colleges, in addition to personality tests that help students, parents, and counselors find the best fit for college. Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the site.
The Common Application
The Common Application is a non-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an online admission application that students may submit to any of the nearly 700 member colleges and universities.
College board is an organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Its mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board. Formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (which still administers the exam), the test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college. It was first introduced in 1926, though its name and scoring have changed several times.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results area accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
The NCAA Clearinghouse is an organization (independent of the NCAA) which performs academic record evaluations to determine if a prospective student-athlete is eligible to participate at an NCAA Division I or II college as a freshman. Please see Division I Initial Eligibility Requirements for a breakdown of those minimum academic requirements.
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