Williamsburg Christian Academy employs a special expert college advisor to guide all of our students through the proper pathways to successful preparation for the college admissions process. Each student is evaluated and given counselling and advice on curriculum choices, extracurricular involvement, and testing needs to achieve the goal of gaining admission to the college of their choice. Our international students are particularly focused upon to help them establish a traditional slate of grades, coursework, and test results that American colleges are accustomed to seeing in their list of applicants, giving those students an edge over similar international students studying in their home countries.
Upper School Career Program:
Upper school students will assess their interests, skills, and work values to determine potential career options. They will make changes and additions to their Career Portfolio which will assist them when they begin attending job and/or college interviews as well as completing college applications. A wealth of information will be provided to the students with regard to testing, financial aid for prospective schools, scholarship opportunities, etc. and it will be stressed to them that they will need to take ownership of the process to guarantee their overall success.
College Test Preparaton Williamsburg Christian Academy provides the College Board Suite of Assessments referred to as the PSAT.
9th grade: PSAT 8/9 – Readiness Baseline This assessment is given in the spring of the students’ freshman year and serves as the foundation for understanding students’ progress as they enter upper school and includes grade-level appropriate content for eighth- and ninth-graders. Not only does this serve as a foundation for understanding a student’s readiness for entering high school, but it will also provide hands-on opportunities to practice the knowledge and skills that evidence shows matter most for success in college and career.
10th grade: PSAT 10 - Check in and Focus This assessment is given in the spring of the students’ sophomore year and provides a midpoint check-in on students’ progress toward their college and career readiness. In addition, the results provide early feedback to help students identify the knowledge and skills they need to be college and career ready.
11th grade: PSAT/NMSQT - Check in and Focus Given in the fall of the students’ junior year, this assessment once again serves as a “check-in” on students’ progress and pinpoints areas for development. Through the PSAT/NMSQT assessment results, students may qualify for scholarship and recognition programs such as the National Merit Scholarship Program.
12th grade: SAT and ACT Tests These are the two nationally recognized testing assessments used by colleges to assist with making admission decisions. They are NOT administered at WCA but are given at local high schools. A student MUST be registered ahead of time and the testing dates, deadlines and additional information can be found at: www.sat.collegeboard.org or www.actstudent.org .