FWC is a college preparatory school. Each year 100% of our graduates are accepted into college. They are prepared for a lifetime of faith and service for Jesus Christ.

- Take challenging courses and succeed in your classes. Your freshman transcript is very important. The grades that you earn this year will be the foundation for your high school transcript.

- Take PSAT in fall and Pre ACT in the spring. Use score reports and codes to begin SAT and ACT test preparation.

- Complete 10-20 community service hours in addition to the hours you will earn during Mission Service Week in the spring semester.

- Begin thinking about colleges that are of interest to you. Where did your parents attend school? If they attend alumni events, go with them and see how their alma mater feels to you.
- Set up Naviance Family Connection account and update freshman and sophomore activities.

- Research career paths and use the college search function in your Family Connection account.

- Continue taking challenging courses and improving your grades. Consider taking a third year of a foreign language or enrolling in a Pre-AP course.

- Develop hobbies and participate in school and church activities.

- Take PSAT in the fall semester and Pre ACT in the spring. Use these test results to determine your strengths and weaknesses in verbal, math, science and writing categories.

- Make college visits while on family vacations or outings. Visit public and private universities and walk around the campus. Do you want a small school or that large campus experience?

- Complete 10-20 community service hours in addition to the hours you will earn during Mission Service Week in the spring semester.

- Consider taking a test prep course during the summer after 10th grade (your biggest mistake is not starting early enough).

- Also consider a summer part-time job or a collegiate summer program.
- Go to college fairs and college preparation presentations by college representatives. Attend financial aid seminars.

- Numerous universities have Admission Counselors visit FWC during the lunch break. Talk to them and gather their recruiting materials.

- Use Naviance Family Connection to research college costs, majors offered, etc. Search virtual campus tours and videos on YouTube.

- Take college visits to safe and stretch schools (You are allowed 2 college visit days). As summer approaches, begin to narrow down college choices.

- Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities. When reviewing your application, know that universities will consider your community service, sports participation, school clubs, etc.

- Take PSAT in October. National Merit Scholarship competition is determined from this junior year exam.

- Register and take the SAT and/or ACT at least two times during this year.

- Work to your greatest potential on your grades. You will be applying to colleges after this year and your GPA and weighted average will be locked in. Make it count!

- Ask teachers for recommendation letters before you leave school in May. (Be sure that your resume is updated in Naviance so teachers can use this information in your recommendation).

- Work on college essays. Topics can be found at applytexas.org and commonapp.org. Complete 10-20 volunteer service hours in addition to the hours you will earn during Mission Service Week in the spring semester.
- Consider taking dual credit classes or AP courses to earn college credits prior to your high school graduation. This can save you money and allow for freedom in your college schedule.

- Your fall semester grades are still important. Colleges are wanting to see a strong senior year course load and that you’re continually preparing yourself to attend their school. Finish strong!

- Begin applying to colleges. ApplyTexas application opens July 1st. If applying to Common Application schools, “Match” your account in Naviance Family Connection and sign FERPA Waiver.

- Schedule college visits and attend college fairs. Meet with College Admission Counselors that share their university opportunities during FWC lunch visits.

- Enter your applied schools into Naviance and request a transcript to be submitted. Make a checklist of deadlines, fees, and test dates and scholarship deadlines.

- Continually search for scholarship opportunities. Check with your financial institution, your employer or your parent’s employer, large corporations, etc. Register with StudentScholarships.org.

- The FAFSA opens October 1st. Go towww.fafsa.ed.gov and complete application. The FAFSA is calculated on prior-prior year’s tax return (if 2018 graduate, FAFSA will be based on parent’s 2016 tax return).

- Take SAT or ACT again to raise your scores and increase your scholarship offers.

- Consider and compare all admission offers and financial aid packages.

- Make your final decision and notify school of your acceptance. Also inform other schools that you will not attend to free up the admission and financial offer for another student.

- Request final transcript to be sent through Naviance or directly to the institution

Summer after Graduation:

- Get a job to earn money for your fall college expenses.

- Consider taking one or two courses at a local college while you are still living at home. This will allow you to acclimate to college rigor and routine.

- Attend orientation and meet with your Academic Counselor to prepare for your first fall college semester.