Christ Presbyterian Academy

College Counseling

The College Counseling department works with students in grades 9 through 12 to facilitate the transition between upper school and college. The process moves from more generalized programs for freshmen and sophomores to increasingly individualized services for upperclassmen. The team's focus is to assist students with intentional discernment that leads to thoughtful action to help students to examine their interests, goals and passions and to select appropriate post-secondary institutions. 

The hope is for every graduate to matriculate to a post-secondary experience that is an optimal match for his/her personality and interests - where the student can develop academically, socially, and spiritually into a young adult equipped to do God's work in the world. A primary component of this process is fostering student independence and ownership. Empowering students to take responsibility for the college search and application process helps prepare them for the independence needed for a successful college experience and for life. 

"'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare
and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'"
Jeremiah 29:11

A Sacred Process

Although the college search is a process that can be traditionally high-stress, CPA college counselors work to ensure each student knows they are valued, unique, and well-equipped in guidance and resources throughout the journey.


With a 35:1 ratio in each class, the team's primary objective is to know students well enough to walk effectively with them through the process. Trust and transparency are key when discussing next steps for the future.  

Focused on Fit

The team helps students and parents determine the best fit for a post-secondary institution: socially, emotionally, financially, academically, and spiritually. This process takes a true family-to-counselor partnership. 

Program Highlights

Meet the Team

Catherine Sawyer

Catherine Sawyer

Director of College Counseling
Elizabeth Raymond

Elizabeth Raymond

Assistant Director of College Counseling

Middle School College Week

A week of collaboration between middle school faculty and the College Counseling team. Students are introduced to a variety of post-secondary options as they begin the journey into upper school. 

Sophomore Success Meetings

A time to begin to build the student-counselor relationship and talk about upper school choices that may impact collegiate possibilities. 

Application Assistance

A full-service, step-by-step process helping seniors navigate the multifaceted application experience. 

College Profile

Young Alumni College Fair

CPA alumni return to share their insights with the junior class in a college fair setting. 

Local College Tours

College Counselors offer local tours of colleges on selected days for upper school students. 

Junior Family Meetings

Counselors meet individually with each family unit represented in the junior class to talk about the unique student's college path and clarify how the process will proceed. This meeting kicks off the student's time of discernment as he/she begins to look intentionally at specific schools. 

Senior Send-Off

A May ceremony to celebrate every student's plans for the next year. 

The Academy has a proven track record of preparing students to be successful in all types of collegiate environments. Our students have gained admission to highly selective colleges, to honors programs at large public universities, to service academies, to smaller liberal-arts colleges, and to colleges that offer Christian-based curricula. Once in college, CPA graduates continue to demonstrate remarkable capabilities across a wide spectrum of disciplines.