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  • Get adjusted to high school
  • Re-evaluate 4-year course plan
  • Consider college course options
  • College representatives visit NGFS and are available to speak with students throughout the school year.
  • Applications are planned and progress is individually monitored
  • Class time is provided for essay coaching and writing
  • Develop 4-year course plan
  • Parents and students are introduced to Naviance
  • Juniors and parents come into the office for individual conferences
  • Application dates are monitored
  • Spring activities designed to help students begin to consider  educational options
  • Students are encouraged to begin exploring college opportunities and visiting when possible.
  • Students are encouraged to select a preliminary list of schools and writing coaches for essays,
  • Request teacher recommendations.


Testing Dates

Fall: PSAT/NMSQT for juniors
Spring: PSAT 8/9 for freshmen; PSAT 10 for sophomores; SAT for juniors

March 27, 2019: Upper School Testing Day; PSAT 8/9 for 9th graders, PSAT 10 for 10th graders, SAT for 11th graders.

Spring Open Houses

The spring college open house season is underway! Open houses are a time when schools roll out the red carpet for families by offering tours, information sessions, and representatives from departments to answer questions. To register and learn more, visit each school's admissions website.

  • Appalachian State - April 13
  • Guilford College - seniors - February 18
  • Guilford College - juniors - March 25
  • NC A&T - March 23
  • UNC Greensboro Spring Special Tours in April
  • UNC Asheville - March 23
  • UNC Charlotte - March 16 & April 6


College Counseling News

Academic Options After High School

February 19, 2019
By Jennifer Lancaster

See information about a presentation by My College Journey that may be useful to you and your high school student!

What’s Next?

Academic Options After High School - A discussion of paths for high school graduates as they move in the direction of a college education.

Not every college-bound student follows the same path. Supportive programs at four-year colleges, a variety of academic two-year choices several one-year transition programs… Come learn about your many options!

Presented on Tuesday, February 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m. by Judy Williams at Noble Academy.  Preregistration is requested, but not require or (336)365-5611

Upper School Building
3310 Horse Pen Creek Road Greensboro, NC 27410 

Visits to Local Colleges

September 07, 2018
By Jennifer Lancaster

Students taking college courses who were unable to attend the fall trip were able to visit several local colleges this week. On Tuesday we visited Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. It is a small and welcoming private school with an enrollment of just under 1,300 students. Our group appreciated the coziness of the campus, small class sizes, and significant financial assistance available to applicants. Like most private schools, the price tag at Catawba is high: approximately $44,000 per year, but they are committed to providing significant financial assistance and typically give about $6 million in aid to students each year. All students receive some amount of merit-based scholarships.

Our group toured Elon University in Elon, NC on Wednesday. Also a private school, Elon was much larger than Catawba with an enrollment of 6,000 students. The application process is very competitive and only about 20% of its students are from North Carolina. Our students remarked on the beauty of the campus and state-of-the-art facilities. There were so many opportunities available at Elon, however, the admissions office was very upfront about the cost: $47,000 per year with limited financial assistance.

We visited UNCG on Thursday. Students were surprised that the campus was so pretty and large; many had only driven by and not seen the center of campus with its older buildings and green spaces. Our group learned there are 20,000 students total attending UNCG and it is one of the best buys in the state based on tuition and fees, with a cost of about $19,000 per year. This price is comparable to, and even a bit lower than, other state colleges in NC. Students remarked that the campus felt “good” to them - there was a great amount of diversity, smiling faces, and lots of activity.

We wrapped up our week of tours with a visit to Wake Forest University on Friday. It has a student enrollment of 5,000 and was the most expensive private school on our tour, with a price of $52,000 per year. As stated on the college website, “At Wake Forest, we are committed to meeting 100% of an undergraduate student’s demonstrated financial need with a combination of grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.” Financial aid applications are due October 1 and can be completed at the same time as admissions applications.

Students enjoyed the visits and we all learned much more about each of these schools. I encourage you to talk to your students about how each school felt to them and what the pros and cons of each were.  

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