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
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.
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.
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.