Upper School – Preparing for College – FAQs
1. What Should I do to Prepare for Starting my 9th Grade Year in High School?
Read through the College Handbook from Central Christian to find out what to do before starting your 9th grade year. Topics include what to do before starting high school, writing a resume, writing activities, when to take the SAT/ACT, and visiting college campuses.
2. When Should I Take the SAT?
Students are strongly encouraged to take the SAT test if their PSAT scores are stronger than their ACT scores. Dates for the test and registration information can be found on-line or from the school office.
3. Should I Take the ACT test also?
We encourage students to take the Act. The ACT is an achievement test that measures English, math, reading, and science skills. Some students perform better on the ACT than on the SAT. Dates for the test can be found on-line or from the school office.
4. How is My GPA (Grade Point Average) Calculated?
Grade point averages are calculated at the end of each semester by our Head of School, our Academic Counselor, and our Assistant High School Principal. Students should feel free to discuss their GPA with our Academic Dean, Mrs. Shelly Smith at any time. Please keep in mind that secondary schools do not always calculate the GPA using the same format as we do. Eligibility for HOPE is recalculated by the Georgia Finance Commission to determine a student’s eligibility.
5. How Can I Benefit From the Georgia Hope Scholarship Program?
The HOPE Scholarship Program is available to all students entering college who meet the minimum requirements of having a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Hope Finance Board will make the final determination as to who qualifies for the Hope grant. They may use a different formula to determine a GPA. We certainly admonish every student to have the highest high school GPA as possible for grades 9th-12th to make certain you are eligible to receive the grant. In addition, a student may qualify for the HOPE GRANT which does not require a certain GPA. The HOPE GRANT assists students seeking a technical certificate or diploma rather than a college degree.
6. How Do I Apply for the HOPE Scholarship?
A student must complete a Georgia Student Finance (GSFAPPS) electronic application, or a paper HOPE Scholarship and Grant Application (printable from www.gacollege411.org) or a current year free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for the HOPE Scholarship payment. It is only necessary that a student completes one of the three applications and no other forms or applications can serve as a substitute.
For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit gacollege411.org and click the HOPE Information link found on the right side of the main page.
In addition, students attending college in Georgia should also submit the application for Georgia Tuition Grant (gafutures.org) .
7. What Do Athletes Need to Know?
Student athletes who plan to enroll in a Division I or II college should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse to determine academic eligibility. Students should register at the end of their 11th grade year after completion of six semesters of high school coursework. The clearinghouse registration form and guidelines are available online at NCAA.org (ncaa.org/ecwr2/ncaa_ems/ncaa.jsp)