Academic/College Counseling

Academic and college counseling at Mercy Academy is led by the

Dean of Students, Liberty Ebright.  At Mercy, we promote the

personal growth of students and provide them with the strategies

necessary for educational, spiritual, career, and social development.

Our educational philosophy

  • All students are unique and have specific learning needs and styles.

  • Education is a team endeavor; it requires commitment from

      students, families, faculty, and the community.

  • Students should be strong self-advocates.

  • Mistakes and trials should not be feared; they are opportunities for

      growth, learning, and building resilience.

  • School should be fun and challenging.

The following plan highlights the process in which students will engage

throughout their time at Mercy Academy as they work towards

graduation and prepare for life after high school.

Helpful Resources

College Board (PSAT/SAT information, plus additional college planning resources)

ACT

Khan Academy (SAT preparation)

Common Application

NCAA Eligibility Center

Federal Student Aid/FAFSA

9TH GRADE

During their first year of school, students meet individually with the Dean of Students to get to know one another and to understand students' goals while at Mercy Academy. These are some of the questions addressed in those meetings.

* What types of classes interest you most?

* What classes do you find most challenging?

* What school clubs would you be interested in joining?

* What elective classes would you like to see us create at Mercy?

* Who do you usually eat lunch with?

* What are your academic goals?

* Are you already interested in a career path?

* Are you interested in going to college?

* What types of activities do you do when you’re not

   in school?

 

During these initial meetings a plan for each student’s academic

career at Mercy Academy will be tentatively set.
 

NWEA MAP Testing
The NWEA MAP test will be administered during the fall and

spring to track student progress and achievement
over time.  

 

PSAT8/9
Not all schools offer the PSAT8/9. If students are interested in

taking this test, they may contact the counseling department at

their home public high school. The PSAT8/9 follows the format

of the PSAT and SAT test that are continued in grades 10, 11, and

12. The ninth-grade test measures reading, writing and language,

and math. Ninth graders may share their results with

Khan Academy for a personalized practice program based on

their individual test scores.

10TH GRADE

Students meet individually with the Dean of Students during the first semester to discuss/review academic goals and
outline course selections for junior and senior year.


Sophomores are invited to attend any presentations given by college recruiters visiting Mercy Academy.


Exploration of different websites dedicated to focusing the college search process will begin during the sophomore year.
 

Students will take the Holland Interest Profile (RIASEC) to begin exploring career options. The profile tells students what types of careers are a good match for them based on their interests and personality.

 

PSAT10
All 10th grade students will take the PSAT10 during the spring at their home public high school. Students are encouraged to link their test results to Khan Academy, which will create personalized SAT practice recommendations based on their results.

 

Summer

Students should thoughtfully consider their summer plans.  Plans may include getting

a job, attending a summer/sports camp, or participating in a campus program to

explore fields of interest and get a taste of college life.

11TH GRADE

This is the year that college and career planning really begins to ramp up. The

following is a list of activities that juniors will be engaged in throughout the year to

help prepare them for the next steps after Mercy Academy, as well as some

recommendations.

Juniors are invited to attend any presentations given by college recruiters visiting

Mercy Academy.

Students meet individually with the Dean of Students during the year to review

transcripts, ensuring that students are on track to meet all graduation requirements.  

Students will also explore different websites focused on narrowing their college

search and major.


Parents will have the opportunity to complete a College/Career Future Planning

Survey to better help guide planning for the future after Mercy Academy.

 

PSAT/NMSQT
In October, all juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT at their home public high school.

Students will be encouraged to link their test results to Khan Academy, which will

create personalized SAT practice recommendations based on their results.

Starting in the month of December, the Dean of Students will be available during

Flex-time on Wednesdays and Fridays, by appointment, to discuss college and

career plans.  All juniors are required to schedule at least one meeting.


Students should consider visiting colleges during Christmas, mid-Winter, and

Spring Break.

SAT

Juniors begin formal in-school preparations for the SAT with assistance from faculty members beginning six weeks prior to the test date.  All juniors take the SAT at Mercy Academy in March.

In May, students may consider scheduling a ‘mock interview’ with the Dean of Students.  It is important to practice interviewing skills as some colleges offer or require interviews.


In June, students should schedule college campus visits for the summer and reach out to teachers, coaches, pastors, or employers who would be writing letters of recommendation.

July and August, students begin filling out college applications.

Applying to college or another career program is a joint process between the student, family and school;
each has a role to play, but ideally it is driven by the student. This process is a great time for young
adults to work on the independence, organizational skills, and motivation to succeed once they leave
Mercy Academy and home.

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