College Counseling

The Indian Creek Advantage

Our intentional, balanced education brings powerful results. Not only are ICS graduates well-prepared for college by our rigorous curriculum, but they also demonstrate qualities of character that contribute to success throughout college and beyond.
Our teachers help students build these non-cognitive qualities - from self-management to social intelligence to curiosity – by providing students with appropriate opportunities to develop and practice them. The goal of the Indian Creek College Counseling program is to not only help students and their families discover the school that is the best fit for the student’s academic, extracurricular, and social desires and needs, but also to ensure through an appropriate match that our graduate will thrive in college.

Our college guidance office guides each student and family through the college selection and application process. Beginning freshman year on Parent Night, when our College Counselor describes the college planning resources and types of assistance we provide, through our Junior Class College tour, and continuing through standardized testing, college fairs and visits, and application preparation and submission, Indian Creek School works with families to find the best college fit for each child.

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  • Freshman Year

    • October: Freshman Parent Night includes overview of the college process.
    • Fall: Parents may attend an AIMS information session on a specific college topic
    • Fall: Parents make sure that their children who receive accommodations or would like to receive accommodations in school or on standardized testing please see Ms. Dunigan to start the paperwork.

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  • Sophomore Year

    • October: Students take PSATs in school.
    • Fall: Parents attend an AIMS information session on a specific college topic.
    • December (early): Students receive PSAT scores in school; families sign up with College Board to review strategies for improved testing results.
    • March: Sophomore Parent Night includes an overview of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT reasoning and subject tests, ACT and AP).
    • May: Specialty students (athletes, visual arts, or performing arts) should contact ICS coaches, teachers, and the College Counseling office for guidance.

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  • Junior Year

    • September: Students attend three-day class trips to colleges in Virginia or Pennsylvania
    • October: Students take PSAT’s;
    • October: Families may attend local High School College Fair
    • Fall: Parents attend an AIMS information session on a specific college topic;
    • Fall: Students attend meetings with College admissions representatives on ICS campus
    • December (early): Students receive PSAT scores in school;
    • December: Athletes interested in playing sports in college register with the NCAA clearing house,
    • Mid-December: Junior Parent College Counseling Drop-In Sessions: This is an opportunity for parents of juniors to come in for a personalized session to help navigate the testing calendar for SAT and ACT tests. Director of College Counseling Ruth Shrum will advise parents about to which tests each student should take, as well as how often and when to take them. During these meetings, you will discuss the exact dates your child can plan to take these tests, including the deadlines for signing up.
    • January 1: Junior Parent Night includes an in-depth discussion about the college application process, financial aid, and scholarships.
    • February – April: Parents and students make individual meeting with College Counselor, Mrs. Shrum. Families sign up on the Naviance website with code received from Mrs. Shrum. Families sign up through the College Board website to take SAT’s in January, March, May or June. Families should visit colleges while they are in session. (If a student already has interest in a certain school, be sure to sign up for their “Junior Day” visit.) Sign up for SAT Subject tests (optional).
    • May: Students ask teachers for recommendations.
    • May: Families attend AIMS College Fair in Baltimore.
    • June: Students fill out summer contact sheet for the College Counseling office.

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  • Summer between Junior and Senior Years

    • Students spend their summer doing something worthwhile such as: working, taking classes, or volunteering.
    • Families should work on their college list, and contact Mrs. Shrum by e-mail with questions. The College Counseling office is open one day a week, Tuesdays, in summer months.
    • Students have the option of taking the “Writing Your College Essay” BLinc Enrichment Course.
    • Families should plan visits to the colleges of their choice during the three days off in September, including time for interviews and tours.
    • Specialty students should hone their craft, going to camps, or working on portfolios.

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  • Senior Year

    • September: Senior Parent Night includes information regarding what to do, and when, to finish college applications.
    • September – November: Sign up for October SAT/ACT;
    • September: Use three free Class Trip days for college process in any way they choose (visit schools, get paperwork together, finish essays). Students attend meetings with college representatives on ICS campus; decide if the November 1 early action/early decision or priority application deadlines are what to work towards.
    • September – December: Families continue to update Naviance website with up to date college choices; students work with College Counselor to coordinate application process; students continue to turn in applications well before deadlines. All dates and deadlines are on Naviance;
    • Parents FILL OUT THE FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid,
    • November – April: Students update the College Counseling Office with acceptance, waitlist, and deny outcomes from colleges;
    • November – April: Students update College Counseling office with any scholarship information.
    • May: Students make final decisions for college matriculation.

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