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College Counseling

College Counseling

The college planning process at NDCL is integrated throughout the four years during Counseling Seminar. Through Counseling Seminar, the counselors meet with all grade levels in a classroom setting every other week working through a curriculum that is founded in the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) standards. Through Seminar, counselors help students identify their strengths, become involved in the community, develop leadership, and work to their highest potential. Beginning in 9th grade, the students use Naviance to build resumes, do interest inventories, set goals, and learn about summer enrichment programs. This work continues through sophomore year and into more overt college planning during junior year. The three years of activities in Naviance culminate into a type of portfolio. As juniors, the students have full resumes, colleges listed in their “Colleges I’m Thinking About” profile, and they have three different interests/strengths career inventories saved in Naviance. This makes the college application process during senior year a very thoughtful and efficient experience.

All students have one-on-one college conferences with their counselors during junior year and again during senior year. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. These conferences are individualized to address the students’ personal attributes, academic strengths, and career interests. Topics such as application timelines, standardized testing, majors, costs and aid, and other important factors are discussed.

Information sessions for students and parents include a College Kickoff Night & Financial Aid Workshop for seniors, a College Planning Workshop for juniors, a Making the Most of High School event for sophomores, and a College Credit Plus Information Night.

NDCL counselors are committed to each student’s ongoing achievement. NDCL hosts college representatives on our campus throughout the year to offer students a variety of options beyond high school. Ninety-nine percent of NDCL graduates attend college after graduation.


College Planning

Are you on track for college? Click below to access your college planning timeline. The Class of 2020 earned a school record breaking $23,472,588 in college scholarships!. Click here to view the list of colleges and universities where they were accepted.

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