College Prep

college prep

We Help Students Take the Next Step in Their Education

During their four years of high school, students have many teachers, coaches and role models. However, our college counselors are the professionals who see the entire picture of students' high school career and can bring all the information together.

Some of the things we do to give students the best chance of being accepted by the college of their choice include:

  • Help to plan a challenging course schedule.
  • Keep records of classes and grades.
  • Track graduation requirements.
  • Suggest which college admission tests to take and when to take them.
  • Connect students to information on various colleges, majors and careers.
  • Recommend colleges to match academic profiles and career goals.
  • Advise on "safety," "probable" and "reach" colleges.
  • Make sure transcripts are sent to colleges.
  • Write letters of recommendation.
  • Explain how aid awards and financial aid work, and connect students to local scholarship opportunities.

Our encouragement plays a critical role in helping students prepare for college. We ensure that they are prepared for the college admission process. Our goal is to convince our students that college is within their grasp.

Course Selection

College admission requirements are typically more stringent than high school graduation requirements. They often require a higher level of demonstrated competence in mathematics and science and may even require a minimum number of years of foreign-language study. We make sure that all of our students have the opportunity to participate in a college-prep academic program. We share with them what courses colleges expect to see on their transcripts.

In addition to course topics, it is important to know that we encourage all students to take the most rigorous and challenging courses suitable for their academic level. The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Successfully completing these courses — and doing well on the exams — demonstrates to colleges that our students are capable of success at the college level.

Standardized Tests

We work hard for a strong performance on standardized tests, so colleges know our students are ready for their next scholastic challenge. All of our students take the PSAT and PreACT tests. This experience gives them the chance to practice for important college admission tests like the SAT and ACT. Students also utilize practice resources on Khan Academy, AP coursework, and college planning resources.

Extracurricular Activities

Colleges expect students to have interests beyond academics. Our athletic and extracurricular activities show admission officers that TMSA and QCSS students are well-rounded and will contribute to life on campus outside of academics. TMSA Public Charter Schools encourage volunteering or working part-time to develop a sense of duty, commitment, and responsibility to further exhibit their readiness for the responsibilities college entails.

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