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Welcome to GRACE College Counseling!

GRACE College Counseling works with students in every high school grade to prepare them for the college application process. GRACE Christian School is an institutional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and supports the membership policies and ethical principles included in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. Please let us know how we can assist you throughout your high school and college process. 

Useful Resources for the College Planning Process

GRACE Christian School Profile

2019-2020 High School Course of Study: This course of study includes the classes that will be offered during the 2019-2020 school year as well as the grade level graduation plan and requirements. 

Transcript Release Forms should be completed by seniors upon completion of each college application. The requests are automatically submitted to Mrs. Willa Bea Coates and Mrs. Latasha Calvin in the Upper Campus office so that your transcript and recommendation letters can be sent to the colleges to which you have already applied.

Teacher Recommendation Request: Juniors can begin requesting college recommendation letters from GRACE teachers beginning April of their junior year. Students should select two teachers to write recommendations on their behalf. The student should ask the teacher in person if they would be willing to write a letter for them. If the teacher confirms that they are able to write a recommendation for the student, the student should then complete the teacher recommendation document, attach their resume, and submit a request via Naviance. 

GRACE College Application Process: This is a chart to assist seniors with steps they need to take with GRACE after submitting their application to colleges. 


The Common Application: Create your free Common App account at

College Planning Guide: This document is provided as a guide to assist you with grade by grade planning for college. In addition to the above guide, also review the college admission guide from NACAC. 

College Planning Guide for Student Athletes: Are you thinking about playing sports in college? Make sure you are academically ready. Start planning your 9th grade year. (See also the NCAA links at the bottom of this page.)

College Search Resource: This document contains a list of websites that will assist you with your college search. 

Parent Webinars: This link contains various videos from College Board on the college process. 

College Application Checklist: This document is a guide to assist you with organizing your to do list when it is time to apply to colleges.

College Selection Process Infographic: This document gives you a timeline of key milestones from freshman to senior year. 

College Terms – This document contains a list of the most popular college terms that you need to be familiar with during the college application process. 

Information For International Students: This document contains brief information for international students who plan to attend college in the US. 

International Student College Search Resource: This website contains information on student visas as well as a link to assist international students with finding colleges in the US. 

Standardized-Testing-FAQs: This document is provided in hopes of taking some of the mystery and confusion out of college entrance exam requirements.

2019-2020 ACT and SAT Dates: Here is a document for you to print to place on your refrigerator or put in a binder in order for you to have quick access to the coming test dates. Please refer to the CollegeBoard and ACT websites below to confirm all dates. The ACT® is a leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. The ACT College Entrance Test measures student performance and readiness with reliable, research-based tests. ACT Test Prep Guide

College Board (SAT, PSAT, and AP Exams): The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

SAT/ACT Concordance 2018 Tables: The concordance table allows students to compare their scores between the SAT and ACT test. 

Test Prep and Tutors List:  There are many options available to students who are interested in supplemental standardized test preparation. Students should carefully consider each offering, ask for references, and make the best choice for their unique needs. Note: a program/vendor named on this list does not imply endorsement by GRACE Christian School.

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC): College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.

Community College Transfer Options: Do you want to attend a four year university, but not sure if you are ready to jump right in after graduating from GRACE? Check out the community college transfer programs in order to see if you qualify or if this is something you would be interested in pursuing.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Incoming student-athletes in Divisions I and II are subject to academic initial-eligibility standards, which take into account standardized test scores, number of core courses taken in high school and the grades earned in those core courses. In addition to NCAA requirements, they also must also meet the unique acceptance requirements of the university they plan to attend (those requirements may exceed NCAA standards).

NCAA Academic Requirements and Timeline (Handout)

Student Athletes and the College Admission Process (PowerPoint Presentation)

Other College/Career Planning Resources

  • US News & World Report – Planning for College: Guide to assist you on your college visits and to help you stay organized as you apply to colleges.
  • college match: Search for colleges that match personal preferences, or find colleges by name.
  • Cappex college search: “Compare colleges, find tuition and admission information and discover your admission chances from more than 3,000 schools. School profiles include statistics and majors.
  • NC Careers: You will find valuable resources that can assist you in exploring careers, including detailed information on occupational ratings, job duties, education/ training, wages, employment outlook, and more.