COUNSELING SERVICES

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The Counseling Department at Holland Christian High School offers personal, academic, and career/college counseling services. The counselors are Mrs. Janet Howell and Ms. Karen Jefts, who both hold Master’s degrees in school counseling. The primary role of the counselors and the Counseling Department is to help students in a variety of ways throughout the four years they spend at HCHS. In some situations, the counselors will make referrals to other community support services.

What exactly is personal counseling?

Personal counseling involves any matter that is important to the student. Often matters of concern include relationships with friends, siblings, parents, and teachers. Personal counseling matters are confidential, unless abuse or a physically harmful situation is apparent.

When does college/career counseling begin?

Students meet individually with the counselors to discuss post high school plans at every grade level throughout high school. Students are introduced to CareerCruising, a tool that gives students information about careers, colleges, and financial aid, during their sophomore year.

How does a student schedule a meeting with a counselor?

The counselors encourage students who desire to meet with them for any reason to sign up in the counseling office on the noted sign-up sheets.  Students who sign up will receive a visitation note with a specific date and time on it. Parents can also feel free to call the counselor at any time to discuss an issue or schedule a personal meeting. Enrollment in Holland Christian High School entitles each student to counseling and social work services.

Is academic counseling available?

Academic Counseling is available through the Counseling Department and is sometimes initiated by the student; other times it may be initiated by a parent or teacher who is concerned about a student’s progress.

How is the Counseling Department at Holland Christian different from a public school?

Essentially, the whole foundation of the department is different as the counselors encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and consistent spiritual growth. The counselors are fortunate to be able to share God’s word with students, to discuss His love, grace, forgiveness, and to pray with them in personal matters.

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NINTH GRADE

All freshmen will do MAP testing several times throughout freshman year. This will be done during the school day with no direct cost to parents. MAP testing is all about showing student growth, and it also gives comparisons to college readiness and state test proficiency.

TENTH GRADE

All sophomores will do MAP testing several times throughout sophomore year. This will be done during the school day with no direct cost to parents. MAP testing is all about showing student growth, and it also gives comparisons to college readiness and state test proficiency. Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT in October. They will need to sign up and pay for it. Career Cruising, a tool that gives students information about careers, colleges and financial aid, is done during second semester with sophomores.

ELEVENTH GRADE

Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT in October during the school day. They will need to sign up and pay for it. PSAT is taken to prepare for the SAT, a college entrance examination. For juniors it is also used in determining National Merit qualification.  Test results are not used for college entrance.  Juniors who intend to go to college should take the ACT and/or the SAT. All juniors are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year. Other recommended testing times for juniors to take the ACT or SAT are December, February, and June. Juniors will also undergo MAP testing several times during the school year.

TWELFTH GRADE

Seniors who intend to go to college should take the ACT and/or the SAT. During the 2017-18 school year the ACT will be offered on September 9, October 28, December 9, February 10, April 14 and June 9. Holland Christian High School is an ACT testing site. During the 2017-18 school year the SAT will be offered August 26, October 7, November 4, December 2, March 10, May 5 and June 2. Holland Christian High School is an SAT testing site for the November 4 and March 10 test dates only. Recommended testing times for seniors are September, October, and December. Seniors will also undergo MAP testing several times during the school year.

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ACT Registration

To register for the ACT visit their website by clicking here: ACT Website

ACT Testing Dates

2016-2017 (pdf)

Test Locations

Holland Christian High School is now a testing site for the ACT and will offer testing on all dates.  To locate other testing sites visit the ACT Website.

Preparing for the ACT Booklet

Includes full-length practice tests, including writing; information about the optional writing test; strategies to prepare for the test; and what to expect on test day. Individual copies available for all students in the counseling office.

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SAT Registration

To register for the SAT visit their website by clicking here:  SAT Website

SAT Testing Dates

2016-2017

Test Locations

Holland Christian High School is now a testing site for the SAT and will offer testing on these dates: November 4, 2017 and March 10, 2018. To locate other testing sites visit the  SAT Website.

Getting Ready for the SAT Booklet

Includes full-length practice tests; information about the essay portion; strategies to prepare for the test; and information on what the SAT measures and how the SAT is scored. Individual copies available for all students in the counseling office.

/ TEST PREPARATION WORKSHOPS

Holland Sylvan Learning Center offers ACT Test preparation classes before each national ACT test.  Please call the Sylvan office at (616) 396-1161 for more information or to register.

Community College Placement Exam Workshops/Seniors:
Students who plan to attend a community college after graduation and do not meet the minimum ACT or SAT score requirements, will need to take the ACCUPLACER or COMPASS assessment/placement tests. If the results of the assessment determine that further college preparation is needed, preparatory training is available at the Careerline Tech Center or Thompson M-TEC. Dates and locations will be announced.

ACT Test Prep: Official ACT prep guide, online prep, and other tips from the ACT website.

SAT Test Prep: The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to provide free official SAT practice.  Also, click here for the Ultimate Student Starter Kit to the SAT.

HELPFUL LINKS FROM SCHOLARSHIPS.COM

Current students who are applying to college must request their transcript be sent via Parchment. All HCHS seniors will have the opportunity to create a Parchment account and submit transcript requests free of charge while they are current HCHS seniors. Students can also request transcripts be sent to NCAA via Parchment.

Seniors using the Common Application for colleges that participate in the program will also request transcripts via Parchment by selecting Parchment as the destination. Then transcripts will be sent to the colleges once the Common Application is completed by the student. Make sure you put your counselor’s name and email address in the place provided in the Common Application. If you are using the Common Application and find that you have a problem requesting a recommendation, please notify the Counseling Office.

COLLEGE SEARCH

Visit WhatWillTheyLearn.com, a free, online college guide that includes college ratings and ranks and college entrance criteria. The site also provides unique information on whether colleges make sure their students learn the things they need to know; what colleges expect their graduates to study outside their majors; tuition; the number of students who graduate; and what the colleges believe about the education they offer. There are more than 125 institutions currently covered and more will be added.

COLLEGE PREPARATION CHECKLIST

Pick up your free copy of the “College Preparation Checklist” booklet from the guidance office bookshelf. This reference, distributed by the Federal Student Aid Information Center, contains college preparation timelines and tips, and a listing of additional publications and websites useful for each year of high school, beginning the freshman year.

MICHIGAN MERIT EXAM/MICHIGAN PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP

For an update regarding recent changes to the Michigan Merit Exam and the status of the Michigan Promise Scholarship funding visit the State of Michigan website.

FAFSA4CASTER

FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that you can use before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provie you an estimated award amount for each. Any student, regardless of age or year in school, may use FAFSA4caster. Go towww.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. The website will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process. Also, in winter of your senior year of high school, you will receive a reminder to complete the FAFSA.

GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL AID & PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

When a senior applies to a college, the college will consider that student for all institution-based aid and all state and federal aid based upon information obtained through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The only scholarships your son/daughter must apply for are those sponsored by private organizations. We are making a concerted effort to inform seniors of all available scholarships. Scholarship information is posted on the counseling bulletin board in the hall and on the “Scholarships” drop down menu below. Our website is updated as new and annual scholarship announcements are received by the counseling department.

FAFSA WORKSHOP

Holland Christian High School will host a workshop for parents at HCHS on September 12, 2017 at 7 pm in the HS cafeteria. A representative from Calvin College’s financial aid office will walk parents through the application process. The workshop is for parents of juniors and seniors and is not limited to students who are applying to Calvin.

FAFSA DEADLINES

The HCHS counseling department recommends that applications be completed no later than February 15 to ensure timely receipt.The FAFSA must be completed to qualify a senior for college financial aid consideration. Applications may be completed by mail or online, but online is recommended to increase efficiency and to avoid delays.  The application should be completed by February 15, 2018 in order to insure timely receipt.  An application may be downloaded and printed atwww.federalstudentaid.ed.gov.  The application process for 2017-18 is open now and applications should be completed as soon as possible. The federal deadline is June 30, 2018 and the state deadline is March 1, 2018. A free copy of “Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid” is available at the counselor’s office.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Seniors who are considering attending a Division I or II University and hope to compete on an athletic team must complete an NCAA application eligibility form. Students can apply to the NCAA on-line by clicking HERE. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. For a complete listing of NAIA schools and an application click HERE.  When a student completes NCAA or NAIA application, he/she must request transcripts be sent to NCAA or NAIA via their Parchment account. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements and make sure his/her senior courses insure eligibility.

SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION

Men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.  For more information go to www.sss.gov.

Internal Holland Christian Scholarships

SENIORS 2018, check back in February 2018 to see when you can apply for these!

These are scholarships that are available to HC students only, and you will find the information and applications for them on Moodle. Please go to the course entitled “Counseling” and for each scholarship available, you will be able to click on the “Description and Application” listing.  Read each description carefully and upload the applications that you fill out to Moodle. These scholarship applications will be due by 8:00 am on March 30, 2017. Some require extra documents to hand in to the counseling office (like your family’s EFC or an extra essay), and you may do that no later than Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation

Seniors 2018, check back in December 2017 for more information about these.

These are now CLOSED. Click here to go the the Community Foundation’s website. You will apply for these on their website. All applications must be submitted online. Please read carefully the section “Information You Will Need” so that you know what you need before you begin the application process.

 

GRCC Foundation Scholarships

Students who have completed the GRCC admissions process are welcome to apply. Go to www.grcc.edu/money to apply. One application will put you in consideration for over 200 award opportunities. The scholarship application period ends at midnight on March 15, 2017.

Canyon Christian Schools Consortium Scholarship

Click here to read about the scholarships available to Holland Christian students from Grand Canyon University.

 Regional & National Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS (.pdf)

The American College Foundation

Multiple scholarships for high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Go to American College Foundation to find out more.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Several different scholarship programs for academically successful students who demonstrate financial need. Go to Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for more information.

Outside Scholarships

Another comprehensive listing of outside scholarships is scholarshipsandgrants.us

A helpul place to research scholarships and other valuable financial aid information is Scholarships.com

Tuition Funding Sources

TFS, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information.  TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $33 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information. For more information visit www.tuitionfundingsources.com

“NEED A LIFT?”

The American Legion offers an online catalog of scholarships, financial aid and other student opportunities at www.legion.org/needalift

Scams

In the midst of searching for scholarships there is potential risk in dealing with scholarship scams.  Please click here to learn more: Scholarship Scams

AP Exams will be offered in May through Holland Christian. Click here for the 2016-17 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents.

Sign ups for the 2017 AP Exams will be February 27 –  March 17, 2017.  Sign ups are now open! Students have been emailed a link to the online sign up form. (This link is only accessible to the students – it makes it easier to track the number of exams we must order.) They can also click here to sign up. They must sign up for exams through this form and then bring payment into the counseling office. The cost is $93 per exam.Both the online sign up and payment must be done before students are considered signed up. Sign ups CLOSE at noon on March 17.

UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS TO HOLLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

Representatives from these colleges and universities will be at HCHS
during lunch to visit with students and provide information.

COLLEGE FAIRS

  • National College Fair – Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the DeVos Place Conference Center in Grand Rapids. Over 100 colleges/universities will be attending. Admissions representatives will be available to speak with students one-on-one about the college admissions process and college life in general. Go to www.gotomyncf.com to register.

CAMPUS VISIT OPPORTUNITIES

These are special visiting days for colleges and universities, when
you can experience college life firsthand

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Spectrum Health Job Shadowing Program: Spectrum Health is pleased to offer job shadow experiences. A job shadow is defined as a short term unpaid career exploration opportunity where a student is allowed to observe a professional and ask questions about their career. This is a “hands off” experience with no assistance in patient care or productive work. Applications can be found on line at https://www.spectrumhealth.org/jobshadowing. Application selection will be done by Spectrum’s Talent/Career staff.

OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE US CONGRESS

Students who wish to attend a Service Academy should apply directly to the admissions office of the appropriate academy. An Application for Nomination must also be submitted to Congressman Bill Huizenga. Nominations are required by the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. Interested students should contact their counselors in the spring of their junior year for more information. The Nominations Timeline for Congressman Huizenga, Academy Information Checklist and Application for Nomination are available here.

Academy Night: Congressman Huizenga will be hosting his annual Academy Night for high school students interested in attending one of the United States Service Academies. This will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex – 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive MI. This is a good opportunity for students to meet and speak with representatives from the various Academies and to learn how the academy nomination process works.  Contact Matt Kooiman with any questions 616-570-0917.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

HOBY 2017 State Leadership Seminar: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is the nation’s foremost youth leadership development organization. HOBY seminars allow high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school and community. For more information on HOBY, visit www.hoby.org, and if you are a sophomore who is interested in applying to attend a HOBY seminar, please see your counselor.

Lakeshore Youth Leadership: LYL’s mission is to embrace and value the area’s youth by empowering them to strengthen our community through meaningful participation. Click here for a list of LYL’s Member Organizations that you can participate in.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

There are brochures and more information on summer opportunities in the counseling office. Stop in and take a look!

Compass College of Cinematic Arts: Film and Acting summer camps, June 19-23, for ages 13-18. More Information

Smith College Summer Precollege Camps: A camp for academically talented girls entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017.  More information

Ferris State University: Summer day camps in Digital Animation & Game Design, Digital Media Software Academy, and Molecular Diagnostics. Located at Ferris-Grand Rapids on the campus of GRCC, corner of Fountain and Ransom. More Information

Hillsdale College High School Summer Study and Travel: An opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to earn three college credits from Hillsdale College while traveling to cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad. More information

Kettering University Pre-College Programs: LITE (Lives Improve Through Engineering) is a two week program July 16-28, 2017 for girls who have completed 11th grade. More Information

Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs: Learn and experience college life. Visit www.mtu.edu/syp to request a course catalog. Also featured is a Women in Computer Science program.

The Embody Institute: St. Mary’s College will run its theological institute for high school girls July 9-14, 2017.  Embody is a one week program that combines rigorous theological reflection with interactive sessions that enable students to immediately connect what they are learning to their lives. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. More information

Cedarville University: Summer Studies provides high school students with the opportunity to experience college life and earn 3 hours of college credit. More Information

We provide certified copies of student academic transcripts. In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, it is the policy of Holland Christian Schools not to release a transcript to any individual, agency, or organization without the written consent of the student. To be official, a transcript must display the school seal and be mailed directly to your college. Faxed copies are not accepted. So that we may process your transcript request in a timely manner please complete the form in its entirety.

Fees
Graduates – $2.00 each
Current students – No fee
No fee for scholarship applications.
This financial obligation to Holland Christian Schools must be met before a transcript can be issued.

Current Holland Christian High School students should request transcripts be sent to colleges via their Parchment account. If students apply to college via the Common Application, they need to request transcripts be sent to Common Application as a destination on Parchment.

If you are a graduate or former student of Holland Christian, download this form and submit it in order to request a transcript. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Counseling Office at cvanderlaan@hollandchristian.org or (616) 820-2905.