College Counseling

College Transition Process

While the path to college begins as students enter High School in the fall of ninth grade, the most focused time takes place in eleventh and twelfth grades. Post Oak actively supports the preparation for applying to college, the process of applying, and the transition to college. In the ninth and tenth grades, students will take preliminary college achievement tests like the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) or PLAN test (preliminary test for the ACT–American College Testing). Toward the end of tenth grade, students will begin to lay out their college plans with the college counselor. In the fall of eleventh grade, there is a transition meeting for parents to begin the planning process. Also in eleventh grade, students take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test) as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholar program, as well as start to take the ACT and/or the SAT depending on their college plans.

College Visits

Visiting campus is an important part of the college/university selection process. This is best done during the school week. Post Oak will excuse up to three days during the student’s junior year and five days during the student’s senior year for college/university visits. These visits should not occur during the first few weeks of each semester or at any time during the January term. The student is responsible for following up with the teachers of missed classes. The Post Oak School may request that the institution visited provide documentation of the student’s visit. The policies of The Post Oak School do not supersede those of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in regard to student-athletes.

College Interviews

The school works to accommodate college/university requests for interviews that constitute part of the admissions process; however, students should not plan interviews during May of their senior year due to final testing. School days missed for documented interviews will be excused. The student is responsible for following up with the teachers of missed classes.

If you have any questions, contact the college counselor, Louis Dorsey.

Official and Unofficial Transcript Policy

Official and unofficial transcripts will include attempted and earned credits at The Post Oak School. Due to the nature of different grading systems, the official and unofficial transcripts published by the Admission Office will not include any attempted or earned credits from other schools. The final transcript for transfer students will be forwarded from the previous school and added to the student’s academic file. The final transcript from the previous school will also be sent to colleges and universities. If a college or university requires an additional transcript from other schools from a previous school year, the family is responsible for contacting the applicable school. A letter will be included to all transfer students’ outgoing transcripts listing all schools attended prior to attending Post Oak.

Louis Dorsey

Louis Dorsey

College Counselor & Standardized Testing Coordinator
MDC

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