College Counseling Association International School is a University Preparatory School and thus prepares students for studies in post-secondary institutions all over the world. Currently, there are 14 grade 10 students who have begun their quest for their ideal universities after graduation. The counseling department offers college counseling specifically to students from grades 9-12. In grade 9, students are oriented with the different university programs that one needs to take in order to be in certain professions. Students are advised on their course selections based on where their career interests lie. In grade 10, students take the pre-ACT test and review their scores with the counselor when it arrives. Towards the end of the academic year, students begin to plan/register for their IB courses. Throughout the summer, students are encouraged to research and or visit as many colleges as possible. 11th graders take PSATs early on in the first semester. The counseling department organizes regular workshops to orient the students on university application processes. Towards the end of the second semester, students have the opportunity to take the April ACT or the May SAT. The same opportunity is given in June for students who wish to take more SAT subject tests. Over the summer break, students are encouraged to do the following Create/Modify Resume Work on College Essay Research and visit colleges Create a college list and a financial strategy for college. In grade 12, the application process becomes more intense. First semester: Continue working on their college essays, college lists, identify/inform teachers for letters of recommendations and visit colleges if possible. In September through to November, students should register for SATs or ACTS if they are interested in boosting their scores. By the November, students should order for their SAT and ACT scores to be mailed to them Applications for US or UK schools should be completed by December Second Semester In January, the counseling department organizes a financial aid workshop for parents and students Towards the end of the second semester, as decisions from universities begin to come in, students are encouraged to accept offers and pay deposits to reserve their spots in their school of choice. Affiliated Universities and Colleges: America: Massachusetts Institute of Technology John Hopkins University University of Florida Vanderbilt University Belmont University Middle Tennessee State University Trevecca University Mt. Olivet College Barnard College Columbia University Carnegie Mellon University Duke University Brown University New York University Cornell University Princeton University Northwestern University Boston University Georgetown University University of Pennsylvania Wellesley College Haverford College Rutgers University Canada: University of Alberta University of Waterloo Acadia University UK: Lancaster University (UK and Ghana) Warwick University University of Cambridge Career Counseling Unlike College counseling which is more geared towards students in the upper secondary school (Grades 9-12), career counseling appeals to the whole secondary school (Grades 6-12). It’s imperative that students begin to think about their future career paths starting at the beginning of secondary so they are more prepared for college and its application process once they get to upper secondary. Thus, the counseling department organizes a career day/fair once every academic year. All through secondary school, career day is an opportunity for students to engage with people from various professional backgrounds to help them decide what career paths they might take.