Department of College Counseling and Cadet Services
A crucial role of the Department of College Counseling and Cadet Services is to work with cadets in the course scheduling process, ensuring that the courses assigned meet their academic needs, challenge them, and build an academic record that will ultimately help them to gain acceptance to the college or university of their choice.
Another responsibility of the Department is to provide our cadets opportunities to learn about college and career options. 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 encourage our cadets to consider their interests as possible career paths are explored. College options are presented and discussed.
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 “Honors” 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.
The 11th and 12th grade years and the post-graduate year are crucial as our counselors work closely with cadets through the college application process. During these years of high school, cadets are encouraged to register and take both the SAT and ACT. Many enroll in “Honors”, Advanced Placement, and/or dual-enrollment College courses. The counselors help these upper classmen investigate college options and assist in the college application process. The counselors and other support staff work closely with seniors and postgraduates in assisting with the actual application process in the goal of college acceptance for every cadet who desires to pursue post-secondary education.
It is the intent of the Counseling staff to provide a range of helpful support to our cadets, all for the purposes of maximizing their experiences while here and for preparing them for life beyond the Academy.
Each 12th grade cadet will take part in a Senior Seminar course during his assigned seminar period for Terms 1 and 2. This course, which takes place in addition to the cadet’s One-Subject Plan course, is designed to help our 12th grade cadets achieve their post-secondary education/career goals. The course will include SAT and ACT preparation, college application essay preparation, advice on how to navigate the college application process, and continuous individual counseling on how cadets can successfully achieve their life’s goals post-FUMA. Students will receive academic credit for completion of this course. The main goals of the Senior Seminar are to:
1. Enable our Senior Advisor time to understand the individual post-secondary goals of each 12th grade cadet.
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 upon graduation.