College Counseling

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We work with each student individually to find the right college for the student's goals.

When a student enters BFA, one of the first things we do is develop a plan for graduation. In concert with the student's advisor, and the parents, our college counselors review all prior transcripts to develop a plan for each student.

Once the plan is finalized, the academic advisor works with the student to make a timeline for completing all graduation requirements. For a full-year student, this will include developing semester work plans for fall and spring, then month-by-month and week-by-week plans. Students see that the work they do each day and each week moves them closer to their graduation goal.

BFA's college counselors meet with each student individually to determine his or her interests, talents, and career goals in order to guide the student in the college selection process. In addition to the vast amount of information available on the internet, using online search engines specifically geared to colleges and college websites, we also use Naviance, an online system integrating college and career prep with college application organization.

These resources are complemented by visits from college representatives to BFA and our students' attendance at college fairs and to individual campuses of schools that interest them.

At the 10th grade level, students take the Pre-ACT, the pre-ACT college placement test. The PLAN is a good diagnostic tool in that it helps identify any areas of weakness that need to be addressed in the junior and senior years.

At the 11th grade level, we also administer the PSAT for a student's consideration by the National Merit Scholarship program. We use the results of both tests to advise students on which college entrance test is best suited for them. During junior year, our counselors meet also with each student to start the college application planning process. We encourage students to visit colleges over school breaks and during the summer and begin to assess, with their family, which colleges might be most appropriate for them. We offer SAT and ACT preparation workshops to assist students in developing their test-taking skills.

In the 12th grade, the application process begins in earnest. Our counselors meet with students and parents in the fall to start detailed planning for SAT and/or ACT testing, college selection and application deadlines.

College Counseling Events

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Sun, Sep 1
Mon, Sep 2
Tue, Sep 3
Hawaii Pacific University
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Wed, Sep 4
Georgia Southwestern
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Thu, Sep 5
Oglethorpe University
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Fri, Sep 6
Sun, Sep 8
Mon, Sep 9
Catawba College
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Tue, Sep 10
Louisiana State University
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Seton Hall University
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Wed, Sep 11
Carnegie Mellon University
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Thu, Sep 12
Lynn University
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Fri, Sep 13
University of San Francisco
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Sat, Sep 14
National Portfoilio Day
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Mon, Sep 16
Barnard College
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Boston University Reception
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Tue, Sep 17
Trinity College
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Lenoir-Rhyne University
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Wed, Sep 18
Thu, Sep 19
Goucher College
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Fri, Sep 20
Mercer University
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Reed College visit
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Eckerd College
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Sat, Sep 21
Tue, Oct 1
Wed, Oct 2
Thu, Oct 3
Fri, Oct 4
Sat, Oct 5

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  • College Counseling Events
  • Guest Speakers
Tianna Bailey

Tianna Bailey

College Counselor
Renée Weller

Renée Weller

College Counselor
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College Representatives

The Ben Franklin Academy’s college counselors invite representatives from various colleges and universities throughout the United States and from other countries. All students listen to presentations by the representatives, who speak to students during their scheduled mid-day meeting times.