College Placement

Our Department of College Placement and Academic Services provide a range of helpful support to our cadets, all for the purposes of maximizing their experiences here and preparing them for life beyond the Academy. We also work with our cadets in the course scheduling process, ensuring that the courses assigned meet their needs and build an academic record that will ultimately help them to gain acceptance to the college or university of their choice.
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7th & 8th Grades

Beginning in the 7th and 8th grades, our counselors emphasize effective study skills and work with our cadets to develop habits that will encourage their academic success. Plans of study are developed to help our younger cadets begin to see how their course selections can open up opportunities for them. The counselors present college options and encourage our cadets to consider their interests as possible career paths.

9th & 10th Grades

During their 9th and 10th grade years, cadets are encouraged to continue to explore their interests and strengths, with a focus on developing short-term and long-term goals on a path toward academic success. A challenging course load, including Honor classes, is encouraged to provide our cadets the foundation necessary on which to build a successful college experience. All of our 9th and 10th graders take the PSAT in preparation for the crucial standardized testing that takes place during their junior year.

11th & 12th Grades & Postgraduates

Our counselors work closely with 11th grade, 12th grade, and post-graduate cadets throughout the year and during the college application process. Cadets are encouraged to register and take both the SAT and ACT and enroll in Honor courses, Advanced Placement, and/or Dual-Enrollment College courses. The counselors and other support staff work closely with seniors and postgraduates in assisting with the actual application process with the goal of college acceptance for every cadet who desires to pursue post-secondary education.

For our postgraduate student-athletes hoping to pursue athletics at the college level, our coaches work with our Academic Department and our Department of College Placement and Academic Services to help schedule classes that will be compatible with maintaining their NCAA eligibility and help prepare them for the academic rigor required of successful student-athletes at the college level.

Senior Seminar

In terms 1 and 2, our 12th-grade cadets take part in a Senior Seminar course designed to help our cadets achieve their post-secondary education and career goals. The course will include SAT and ACT preparation, college application assistance, essay preparation, and continuous individual counseling.
Students will receive academic credit for the completion of this course. The main goals of the Senior Seminar are to:

1. Allow students time to express their individual goals to senior advisors.

2. Improve ACT and SAT tests scores through test preparation.

3. Enable our 12th-grade cadets to write an effective college application essay.

4. Enable our cadets to better navigate the college application process.

5. Provide relevant advice to those cadets seeking military service or immediate employment

Department of College Placement and Academic Services

Hill, Kelsey

Director of College Placement and Academic Services | Scheduler for 9-12 and Academic PGs Last Name A-K
hillk@fuma.org
434.842.4272

Schnelle, Jen

Instructor | Scheduler for 8th Grade
Schnellej@fuma.org
(434) 842-4423

Benson, James Jr

Assistant Director of College Placement and Academic Services | Scheduler for 9-12 and Academic PGs Last Name L-Z
bensonj@fuma.org
(434) 842-4213

White, Rhonda

Coordinator of Assessments & Student Records
whiter@fuma.org
(434) 842-4203
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