College counselor, Lynne Hawkes, is a wonderful addition to our staff and is instrumental in setting our students up for success as they prepare for, communicate with, and eventually attend college. Mrs. Hawkes oversees the college preparatory process at GRACE which includes facilitating the Naviance Family Connection program and working with Junior Seminar and College Writing classes. Mrs. Hawkes conducts information meetings for students and parents of each grade in the high school, hosts a monthly College Connections Coffee and is available to meet with students and parents by appointment.
“I am honored and grateful to have joined the GRACE community as the Director of College Counseling. I plan to come alongside students and their families throughout the college admission process, providing them with tools, resources, and support to discover the colleges and universities that best fit their passions, skills and aspirations. I desire to instill peace in what can be a stressful time by focusing on the truth that the Lord is faithful and true, and He has uniquely gifted each student to participate in His good and sovereign plan.”
Naviance Family Connection
The Counseling department is introducing Family Connection, a comprehensive college and career readiness software application that GRACE has purchased for our students and parents to use in the college and career search process. Prior to spring break, each high school student and parent will receive information to access Family Connection. Additionally, Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a service that tracks and analyzes data about our students’ college and career plans, providing up-to-date information specific to our school. Naviance Family Connection allows students to:
- Organize the planning and advising process with online surveys, a resume building tool, and the ability to manage timelines and deadlines for college and career decisions
- Complete plans for high school graduation and/or college entrance requirements.
- Research colleges by comparing GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics
- Research hundreds of careers and career clusters
- Participate in career assessments to find out the college major that is aligned with their career choices.
- Evaluate colleges by comparing majors, student activities, and athletics offered at each college selected
- Create goals and to-do lists and complete tasks assigned to the students by the school to better prepare themselves for future college and career goals.
Junior Seminar, a required class* for all 11th grade students, provides valuable infrastructure to the college planning process. Mrs. Hawkes coordinates this class with GRACE faculty members and facilitates the diverse elements that give our students the opportunity to think critically about the next step in their education. Students enrolled in Junior Seminar:
- Meet college admissions representatives and learn about different colleges
- Listen to adults share about their diverse career choices and life stories
- Prepare for standardized testing
- Develop interview skills for college admissions, jobs, and scholarships
- Prepare resumes
- Acquire recommendation letters
* students with differentiated schedules are not guaranteed placement in Junior Seminar
College Writing, a required class* for all 12th grade students, allows students to spend the first quarter of their senior year moving the college application process forward. During this class, students have access to a GRACE English teacher who helps with ideas and editing for college application and scholarship essays. After the first quarter, students are introduced to college-level writing projects and a variety of research-based writing required in college. On-going research is used to keep the course’s focus relevant and prepare all students appropriately for future educational experiences. For their last quarter, the seniors focus on skills required for the adult life including finance, business communication, thank you notes, and graduation protocol.
* students with differentiated schedules are not guaranteed placement in College Writing
The GRACE Academic Profile 2015-2016 is a document that is sent to colleges and universities with a student’s transcript to introduce the admissions department to our school. It is updated each year.