A unique facet of Subiaco Academy is our college guidance office. Because we are a college preparatory school, we provide personal assistance to help guide students through the complete college application process.
This process begins with the standardized testing program. All grade levels participate in our National Test Days by taking grade specific nationally standardized exams. Middle school students take the ACT Aspire 7/8, which are low-stakes middle school assessments that help teachers provide the guidance middle school students need to start preparing for high school and college. Freshmen and sophomores will take the ACT Aspire Early High School exam. The Aspire Suite of Assessments are longitudinal assessments designed to connect a student’s growth and progress from elementary grades through high school. The assessments are connected through the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and predictive of performance on the ACT college readiness assessment. These tests are also valuable in helping Subiaco track and trend student performance, guide curriculum changes, in addition to helping families stay up to date on their students’ academic progress.
Additionally, all sophomores and juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) on National Testing Day in October. Top scoring juniors become National Merit Scholarship finalists and are eligible for additional recognition and scholarship consideration. The standardized testing program at Subiaco culminates with the ACT and SAT national exams required for college admission.
In addition to coordinating campus wide testing, the College Counseling office organizes an annual ACT Prep course, assists students with the SAT/ACT registration processes, arranges transportation to these tests through the Dean of Men’s office, and assists with the registration and transportation for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) .
During the senior year, the college counseling office plays a vital role in the students’ college admission process. Students can benefit from:
o Personal Meetings and Counseling
o College Selection Workshops
o Essay Preparation and Editing
o Mock Interviews
o Financial Aid Counseling
o Personal Letters of Recommendation
o Application Packets for Admission and Scholarships which include transcripts, testing records, essays, and letters of recommendation in addition to supplemental material that demonstrates the high standards of the academy and explains our grade point system
The college guidance counselor takes the time to get to know each senior so that she can best guide him to a good fit in higher education.