The FIS Office of College Counseling has been designed to be comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. The offices have been designed so that time is spent in direct service to all students so as to ensure that every student receives the maximum benefit from its services.
The college counseling offices focuses on students form grade nine (9) through grade twelve (12) and seeks ways in which to assist our students understand the vast options that are available to them in the world of post-secondary education. Furthermore, the college counseling office seeks to support the academic rigor of the school and through is offices convey the importance of academic success and career development. The Office of College Counseling works in tandem with parents and guardians so that every student is guided towards their field of interest and their perfect post-secondary university.
The office of college counseling maintains a comprehensive portfolio on every high school student in which they are required to begin to choose their career paths. Through these portfolios students at year nine (9) are asked to start formalizing their aspiration for the future and are given the tools necessary to seek out universities that best meet their needs. Through the use of “My Big Future” students have access to a vast library of information where they can narrow their focus and get a better perspective on their personal goals. These portfolios will serve as a comprehensive record of each mile stone completed during the school year such as grades, honor roll, awards, participation in sports, booklist completion, standardized tests ( ACT,PSAT,SAT,TOEFL, etc…) club membership and community service. The portfolio will serve as a permanent record of student accomplishment and is an outstanding tool for placement in post-secondary education.
Additionally the Office of College Counseling will host several college/university fairs and assemblies where students will have the opportunity to meet face to face with representative form post-secondary education institutions. Through these presentation students will be given a unique opportunity to better understand the expectations, the support and the lifestyle of many post-secondary institutions.
It is the aim of the college counseling office to be a resource not only to the students but a resource to the parents and guardians so that together we can guide our students through the myriad of possibilities and options and help them reach their goals and aspirations.
COLLEGE SEARCH LINKS
The following college related web sites provide information on colleges and universities in the U.S, about academics, admission requirements, and the application process as well as other useful information and advice. You need not try all of the sites since the information is somewhat similar, but you may find some sites are more accessible and manageable than others.
- The College Board supervises the SAT exams and registrations for the SATs. The website offers a great deal of information about colleges and universities as well as free SAT practice with the Khan Academy.
- MyRoad is part of the College Board’s college and career planning site. It has information about careers, colleges, and majors.
- The Common Application Website is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of nearly 700 member colleges and universities in the US, as well as in Canada, China and many European countries.
- US News Edu provides rankings, guides, and other information related to college admission.
- The Princeton Review website can help you research colleges and prepare for the SAT.
- Unigo: US college reviews, videos, photos, searches and other information for students by college students.
- College Confidential has many application tips, discussion forums, and information about what college life is like.
- CollegeData is an online college advisor, the site has facts, advice and tools to help you choose, prepare, apply and pay for college.
- The CIS website (Council of International Schools) provides information on colleges and universities.
- Colleges that Change Lives helps you expand your lists of college possibilities beyond the name-brand schools.
- Number 2: excellent SAT/ACT excellent prep site.
SCHOLARSHIP & CAREER LINKS
The following sites provide additional information on financial aid, scholarships, and careers:
- A free and comprehensive resource for online courses: This resource is a collection of open college courses in over 24 subjects that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors from schools, including the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Harvard, the Open University, and MIT. This is a great resource for students (and parents) looking to explore additional educational topics.
- EduPASS offers financial aid information for international students studying in the U.S.
- College Data provides good information on scholarships.
- Fast Web is the place to go for the best scholarship information.
- More International scholarship information can be found at International Scholarships and Finaid International.
- The CSS profile form for financial aid: the College Board’s CSS/financial aid profile page
- FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is the US government site for student aid for US citizens.
- CollegeView is another NACAC approved college search engine with information on financial aid solutions.
- The New Jersey School Counselor Association has an excellent site for college, career, and financial aid information.
LINKS TO APPLY IN CANADA
- The Study in Canada site is a useful guide for higher education in Canada.
- Macleans magazine conducts an annual ranking and review of Canadian universities.
- The Ontario Universities Application Center is the standard online application site for Ontario universities.
- Scholarships Canada is Canada’s most comprehensive scholarship portal. This extensive database can help find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants, in addition to information about student loans, applications and budget planning.
- Additional sources for financial aid for international and Canadian students can be found on the Canlearn interactive site.
- Information on the Millennium Excellence Awards for Canadians.
LINKS TO APPLY IN THE UK
- UCAS is the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service site for applying to universities in the UK. All students must apply through UCAS for British universities. You can go directly to UCAS course search to research subjects and universities.
- Quality Assurance Agency produces reports on universities by subject and by institution.
- Open Days: A map and links to all the universities.
- The British Council and its educational site, Education UKoffer comprehensive information on studying and living in the UK as well as summer programs.