"What classes should I take?" "Does this college offer a program that I want to study?" "How am I going to pay for college?" "When do I need to take the ACT?"
These are just a few of the many questions that high school students will face during their four years of high school at LCS. As our students prepare for college and beyond, they will face many big decisions and daunting tasks. From class scheduling and test registration to scholarship applications and letters of recommendation, the Guidance Office at Lakeland Christian School seeks to help our students through every step of the planning process.
We want every student to succeed, and the goal of the Guidance Office is to help in any way that we can.
The Guidance Office offers the following services:
Individual parent/student college planning conferences (junior and senior years)
College planning presentations for 8th through 12th-grade students
College planning groups (freshmen and sophomore years)
Parent Meetings for college planning, PSAT, PSAT-9, and Pre-ACT tests
Parent Meeting for 8th-grade students transitioning to high school
College/Scholarship information and assistance with applications
Christian College Fair, College Admissions Nights, and meetings with college representatives
College visits to local colleges
Letters of Recommendation
Resume and College Essay instruction
Career Interest Testing (8th grade and junior year)
Test registration for SAT, ACT, PSAT, PSAT-9, Pre-ACT, and ASVAB
Counseling services for students with academic, social, and personal needs
For more information on Guidance Services please see the Curriculum Guide.
Guidance Office Staff:
Mrs. Christy Lee, Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Melissa Allen, College and Career Counselor
Mrs. Tina Nagy, Administrative Assistant
Naviance Family Connection
Lakeland Christian School is pleased to introduce Family Connection from Naviance, a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive web site that students can use to help in making decisions about colleges and careers. Family Connection is a service that we use in the Guidance Office to track and analyze data about our students’ college and career plans. Family Connection will allow you to:
Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, take career interest and personality tests, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
Create a four year plan for high school.
Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from students who have already applied from our high school.
Obtain information on scholarships and other programs advertised by the Guidance Office.
Sign up for college visits – Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions (juniors and seniors only)
Request and track transcripts
Students create a Naviance account during 8th grade. Parents may create an account as well to view their student’s information. Parents may contact Mrs. Christy Lee at email@example.com to obtain registration information.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Information
Students who plan on attending a participating public or private college/university in Florida may be eligible to receive the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Students complete the FFAA (Florida Financial Aid Application) at school during their senior year. This application evaluates students for this scholarship as well as other programs the state of Florida offers. For more information on scholarship requirements and funding, please refer to the Florida Bright Futures Handbook.
SAT and ACT Testing Information
The Guidance Department recommends that students start taking the ACT and SAT second semester of their junior year. Please visit the websites below for test date and registration information.
The Guidance Office at Lakeland Christian School produces a monthly guidance newsletter with information on the PSAT/SAT/ACT, college prep seminars, upcoming college visits and more!
July 27, 2018
September 7, 2018
October 5, 2018
November 2, 2018
February 8, 2019
April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
August 10, 2018
September 28, 2018
November 2, 2018
January 11, 2019
March 8, 2019
May 3, 2019
June 14, 2019
2018-19 SAT Test Dates
August 25, 2018
October 6, 2018
November 3, 2018
December 1, 2018
March 9, 2019
May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019
2018-19 ACT Test Dates
September 9, 2018
October 27, 2018
December 8, 2018
February 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
June 8, 2019
July 13, 2019
NCAA 2018-19 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
If you are considering playing collegiate sports, please review the following document:
The LCS Guidance Office provides a monthly scholarship newsletter. If you have questions about scholarships, please contact Mrs. Melissa Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeland Christian School hosts college admissions representatives throughout the school year. Juniors, seniors and their parents are welcome to attend these sessions. Watch the announcements and website news for a complete schedule.
Students are permitted two college visits during their junior year and two visits during their senior year. Absences due to college visits are to be kept to a minimum number of days and must be approved by the Guidance Office. College visit days are excused absences and count toward the total number of absences per semester. Students are responsible for all work missed during the college visit. Students must complete and submit the form (found below) to the Guidance Office at least one week prior to the college visit.
College Planning & Resources
College Planning/Scholarship Search Websites
BigFuture (by College Board)
Christian College Guide (by Christianity Today)
College Data (college and scholarship search)
CollegeNET (scholarship search)
College Results On-line (college stats and comparison)
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid - seniors apply after Jan. 1
FastWeb.com - (free scholarship search)
Florida Financial Aid Application (Bright Futures)
Go4IVY - (college acceptance prediction site - costs $)
Know How 2 Go (college planning by grade level)
MyBlueprintStory (Christian college/university search)
My College Quick Start (interactive college and career planning that uses PSAT results)
Helpful Websites for College Preparation
http://connection.naviance.com/lakelandcs - Guidance planning website for LCS students. Features include a course planner, college planning information, resume builder, college and scholarship searchers. Seniors request their transcripts to be sent to colleges in Naviance.
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org – College Board website that helps students research colleges.
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator - National Center for Education Statistics
www.christianconnect.com - Christian College Information
https://www.ecampustours.com – Virtual college campus tours
www.CollegeWeekLive.com - Free online college fair, students can speak with admission representatives
http://www.bls.gov/ooh - Career research
https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat - SAT prep help
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html - ACT prep and practice
https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam - Information on CLEP testing
Scholarships and Financial Aid
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