Eastbrook Academy’s college guidance encourages your student to follow the opportunities God has provided through academics, prayer, community engagement and building relationships. Working closely with you and your child, our college guidance program has a five goals:
1. PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE - Preparing for college begins well before high school. Teachers engage middle school students in goal-setting that includes college as a future option for them. Course selection is planned in high school with emphasis on the student’s and gifts and interests for college. Eastbrook’s core curriculum and credit requirements for graduation meet or exceed the necessary minimum for college admissions at even the most selective schools. Continual communication of key college planning dates and events occurs through all four high school years (e.g, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, WI Covenant, etc.). And, Eastbrook Academy has unmatched success in students participating in and taking Advanced Placement courses and tests. Helping students set expectations for the high school –to-college transition takes place one-to-one and in small group settings. Finally, seniors participate in graduation planning as a valuable part of “passing the mantle” to the next class and providing closure to their daily participation as a students at Eastbrook Academy.
2. ENGAGE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND FACULTY IN COLLEGE SEARCH/SELECTION - Identifying a good match of student to college can be daunting to some students who don’t know how to begin the search. Other students have had their plans solidly in place from the start of high school. Either way, the options and process can be staggering. College guidance at Eastbrook engages the student and his/her family in the planning process to help make it less overwhelming. Student engagement takes place through a variety of activities. One-on-one meetings between parents/guardians, the student and the EBA college advisor results in identifying broad-to-specific interests, goals, financial expectations, and idea-sharing for the college search. Required attendance at school-sponsored college nights maps out the planning process. Admissions test preparation, essay writing and college selection is included in class instruction and one-on-one with faculty throughout the school year. Continual follow-up means students and families are aware of deadlines for the best possible opportunities for admissions and scholarships. Raising awareness about college life and options takes place via college trivia contests as well as announcingcollege acceptance and celebrating awarded scholarships.
3. ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS AND FAMILIES - Being in a small school means students become a known and important part of a community. They have greater access to involvement and achievement in school activities. The College Guidance Advisor works with students to track in-school and extra-curricular accomplishments and interests to create a personal curriculum vitae that accurately represents the individual in the best light for college admission. Eastbrook Academy initiates introductory and follow up contact with colleges on behalf of students. Communication with faculty regarding student goals and guiding recommendation letter-writing means students’ high school talents, academics and character are honestly and positively represented to colleges. Each student’s college and scholarship applications and essays are reviewed. Every college to which the student applies receives a package representing the “whole student” to the college providing an overview of the achievement in graduating from a rigorous school like Eastbrook Academy. The package includes a School Profile, Student Activities and Interests resume, Transcripts, Summary Recommendation from the Head and College Guidance Advisor, School Secondary Report (where required) and ACT/SAT results (where admissible).
4. REPRESENT EASTBROOK ACADEMY TO POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS - A key element for College Guidance includes communicating to post-secondary institutions the academic rigor of Eastbrook Academy and achievement of our students. As benchmarks are set and milestones reached, the College Guidance Department communicates the information internally, to the colleges where our students are applying and to local, state and national communities. Eastbrook Academy is represented at local, state and national college fairs; scholarship, state financial aid and college guidance counseling workshops; and through college visits / tours. The result is colleges become increasingly aware of our commitment to educate students who are able to successfully meet and exceed the requirements for college graduation and community leadership.
5. FOLLOW-UP - As a “Christ-Centered Academic Community,” graduates may move on geographically but remain part of the Eastbrook Academy community. EBA connects with graduates requesting feedback on their post-secondary experience; how Eastbrook can better serve them and future students; and how Eastbrook Academy can be of assistance beyond high school. As lifelong learners, alum are invited to return for workshops with current high school students so each can grow through the others learning. Alum are invited to school events and celebrations and Eastbrook Academy tracks its alumni accomplishments to celebrate with them as they move on in community leadership as adults.