Santa Fe Christian schools’ academic counselors Jeralyn Johns, Nancy Olah, and Steve Strimple are passionate about matching students to the college or university that fits them academically, socially, spiritually and personally. Our counselors serve as guides, resources, and advocates for students and their families as they prepare for and navigate the college admissions process.
Personalized College Planning starts in the spring of 8th grade and continues through to a student’s senior year. Counselors spend a significant amount of time with each student assisting in academic and college planning.
Application & Essay Preparation can often be overwhelming to students and their families. The counselors, in conjunction with the English department, offer a three-week college application and essay workshop prior to the start of senior year.
SFC’s Three Fulltime Counselors write thorough, personalized letters of recommendation for every college applicant. Each SFC senior who applied to a college or university received at least one acceptance, with many seniors receiving multiple acceptances. On average, 96% of graduating SFC seniors matriculates directly to a four-year college or university.
College Fairs & Events are held on campus with over 90 universities and colleges represented. Academic counselors coordinate several college fairs during the school year.
Family Connection is a customizable, web-based college research tool that includes self-discovery assessments, goal setting, college research tools, course planning, career exploration resources, and individual learning plans. Family Connection is
introduced to students and parents beginning in the student’s freshman year when students are asked to assess their personality and career interests. In their sophomore year, students begin building their resume. Juniors use Family Connection to research and build their list of prospective colleges. Finally, in the senior year, students use Family Connection to request teacher recommendation letters; manage their applications and research scholarship opportunities.
College Financing is an important topic for seniors and their families. SFC counselors bring in guest speakers each year to help parents understand the nuances of paying for college. Workshops are conducted on how to find the right college at the right price, as well as how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.