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Preparing for college begins in middle school and high school. Taking the right steps, developing good study habits, and doing regular assessments can help make sure students have greater opportunities for higher education. The following suggestions can help make sure students accomplish everything they need to stay on track.

To find all of the appropriate college guidance counseling information please login to your Naviance Account. All parents of children in 6th-12th grade should have a Naviance account. If you do not please contact the school office.


Sixth - Eigth Grade

Develop good reading habits. Read for school or pleasure daily. Take advantage of learning opportunities such as travel, visiting local museums, and school or family field trips. Discuss “issues of the day” over mealtime. As parents, ask questions that require students to think through a situation.

Insure that your home is an educational environment. Have an area set aside for homework, an expectation of when homework will be completed each day, and work with your student to help check work. Learning should continue when a child is at home.

Freshman Year

Begin talking with the school counselor about colleges and careers.

Work on those grades. Grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA. Grades, along with ACT/SAT scores, really do count toward college admission and scholarships.

Explore your interests and possible careers. It is not important to decide on an exact college major until you are in college, but you can start looking for things that sound interesting to you or rule out careers that might not be for you.

Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school sponsored).

Parents should begin planning for college expenses if they haven't done so already. State college savings plans should be investigated. Oklahoma Promise is a generous program for families that meet income qualifications. Parents must register their student during 9th or 10th grade to qualify for this program which helps to pay for tuition at Oklahoma universities after graduation.

Tour a nearby college.

Investigate summer enrichment programs.

Get involved in community service both school and outside of school. Summer break can be a good time to build up your service hours.

Start a personal resume that documents extracurricular activities, community service, awards, and achievements that have been received beginning the summer before 9th grade. Continue to add to this resume each year to be used for scholarship and college applications.

Sophmore Year

Fall Semester

Students should enroll in college preparatory courses and, if qualified, see if AP courses are available for the tenth grade year.

In October, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test for practice. When you fill out your test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them. Also in October take the PLAN which is a practice /preliminary ACT which includes career and interest information based on student answers.

Become familiar with general college entrance requirements both in state and out of state. Some universities are raising entrance requirements.

Attend college fairs in the Oklahoma City area. Many colleges both in state and out of state will have booths at the fall fairs. Watch newspaper listings for upcoming fairs.

Spring Semester

Discuss your student's PSAT and PLAN score with your counselor. Be open to taking the steps necessary, if needed, to get your student on track.

Read, read, read as many books as possible. Work on writing skills. No matter what the career, good writing skills are a necessity. Almost all jobs will require a person to have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Make sure your students keep their grades up. It is important to have the highest grade point average possible.

Start visiting colleges (public and private, small or large, rural or urban). When you make family trips, try to visit a college even if you aren't interested in a college in that area or state. You will learn a lot about what to look for in a college that you might want to attend. College tours can be scheduled online or by calling a college admission office. You should schedule a tour at least 3-4 days in advance, if possible.

Write to colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.

Encourage your student to get a summer job to put money away for college and to augment their personal resume.

Schedule an SAT or ACT for April or June.

Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. These tests are offered in May or June. For more information, go to www.collegeboard.com.

Junior Year

Senior Year

Annual Achievement Test

Nationally standardized tests are important in helping to guide schools and parents toward high academic standards. Our annual schedule of assessments are designed to help educators find out what students know and are able to do. By using technically excellent test instruments, we are able to provide valid and reliable measurements of achievement to pass on to parents. These assessments are also helpful in identifying students who are at risk of being left behind. Parents will understand what their students know and how they can help.

1st - 9th Grade -- Participate each spring in National Standardized Achievement Tests. In addition, all students in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade take a assessment that measures cognitive ability such as the COGAT or Otis Lennon Test.

8th Grade -- Students take the EXPLORE test in October. The EXPLORE helps measure a student's readiness for High School.

10th Grade -- Students take the PLAN and PSAT in October. The PLAN is a precursor to the ACT and helps measure a student's track for readiness to attend and be successful in college. As is standard with college preparatory private schools, the PSAT is taken to help students gain confidence in test taking and give them exposure to the PSAT prior to the 11th grade competition test date.

11th Grade -- Students take the PSAT in October. The PSAT is a precursor to the SAT. It measures not only what a student has learned, but gives insight into their ability to learn. This test is also the qualifying tests for 11th grade to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

ACT and SAT Tests are scheduled by parents or students. Students need to plan on taking the test at least 3 times before the beginning of the senior year. Most students start taking the test for practice the end of 9th grade or during 10th grade. Prep courses outside of school are strongly recommended to help students raise their score and have shown to be very successful.

Scholarship Opportunities 2016-2017

Hundreds of scholarships, and millions of scholarship dollars, are available to college-bound Oklahoma seniors. Scholarships are available based on academic merit, financial need, college major, community service, among other criteria. Good sources to filter through all of the options are:

General Scholarships:

Academic Scholars of Oklahoma -
Baccalaureate Scholarship for Regional Universities -
  • Sponsor: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, $3,000
  • Participating universities: Cameron University, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • Criteria: Oklahoma residents, ACT 30+ composite (only ACT test scores from tests administered on national test dates will be considered for admission to the program) OR National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student
  • Deadline: application is made directly through enrolled university; additional rules

Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarships -
  • Sponsor: Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, various scholarships
  • Criteria: member of Native American tribe
  • Deadline: varies
  • www.bie.edu; go to Scholarships

Edmond Women's Club Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: The Edmond Women's Club
  • Criteria: qualifying young men or women who reside in Edmond
  • Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • www.ewc.org; go to Community, Grants, and Scholarships

Jimmie L. Dean Foundation Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Jimmie L. Dean Foundation, $10,000
  • Criteria: Oklahoma resident, attending Oklahoma colleges or universities and desire to remain in Oklahoma after graduation, 20+ ACT
  • Deadline: April 15
  • jimmiedeanfoundation.org/apply

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: AcademicWorks is the Oklahoma City Community Foundation's online portal for students to browse scholarships, deadlines, and submit applications.
  • OCCF Scholarship - one Senior per high school; criteria is GPA of 3.25-3.74
  • Deadline: December 1
  • www.occf.org

Oklahoma Engineering Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, $4,000
  • Criteria: 3.0 GPA/ACT Composite between 24-29 (ACT Math of 28 or above), Major in an ABET approved curriculum at an approved Oklahoma university, Oklahoman and U.S. residency required
  • Deadline: April 20
  • oef.org/programs/scholarships

Oklahoma Panhellenic Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation, $1,500
  • Criteria: Senior girls who will be attending a public university in Oklahoma affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference, GPA of 3.25-3.79/ACT 22+
  • Deadline: March 1
  • www.okcpanhellenic.org

Veteran's Scholarships -
Weokie Foundation Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Weokie Credit Union, $2,000
  • Criteria: Essay
  • Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • www.weokie.org

Alumni Colleges and Universities

Abilene Christian University
Arizona School of Design
Austin College
Carnegie Melon University
Carson Newman
Clarendon College
East Central University
Eastern New Mexico State University
Evangel University
Florida Institute of Technology
Freed Hardeman University
Georgetown Christian College
Harding University
Indian Rivers State College
Lipscomp University
Lubbock Christian University
Mid-American Christian University
Missouri State University
Northeastern State University
Northern Oklahoma College
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma State University
Oral Roberts University
OSU-OKC
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Purdue University at Indianapolis
Rose-Hullman
Rose State College
Southern Nazarene University
Southwestern Christian University
Texas A&M
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of Oklahoma
University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
University of Tennessee
University of Tulsa
William Jewell College
York College
Tabor College

College Scholarships Awarded

Class of 2008 - $411,200.00
Class of 2009 - $871,028.00
Class of 2010 - $451,450.00
Class of 2011 - $877,180.00
Class of 2012 - $500,070.00


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