/HERE TO HELP
The Counseling Department at Holland Christian High School offers personal, academic, and career/college counseling services. 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.
To register for the ACT visit their website by clicking on the ACT Website
ACT Testing Dates
Upcoming test dates are September 12, 13 and 19; October 10, 17, 24 and 25; December 12, February 6, April 17 and June 12. Holland Christian High School is a testing site for the ACT but at this time is not currently hosting tests due to COVID. 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.
To register for the SAT visit their website by clicking on the SAT Website
SAT Testing Dates
Holland Christian High School is not a testing site for the SAT currently due to COVID. Please note that could change so be sure to check the SAT website for testing locations when you register. 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
Sylvan Learning Center offers ACT and SAT preparation classes at their Grandville location. Please call the Sylvan office at (616) 552-8160 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.
AP Exams will be offered in May through Holland Christian.
2020-21 sign ups – see below!
This year AP exam registration and payment will be done in the fall by October 2, 2020. It is a two step process. Be sure to complete both steps to register to take an AP test. Step 1: join your teacher’s AP Classroom and indicate you are interested in taking the AP test. Step 2: is paying for the test through Total Registration online at www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/231965. Both steps need to be completed by Friday, Oct 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM. The cost of each AP exam is $100. It can be paid online or through a check. If you choose to pay by check, it must be mailed in to Total Registration, not given to HCHS. If you have questions contact Charity VanderLaan, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the High School Office.
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 and NAIA via Parchment.
Seniors using the Common Application for colleges that participate in the program will also request transcripts via Parchment by selecting Common Application 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.
Things to know:
- Create your account and fill out your profile.
- Go to the Education section and fill out your High School info. This must be done to add a college and a recommender to your account.
- Go to “My Colleges” tab > Recommenders/FERPA > FERPA > Waive your rights. (Waiving your rights allow admissions officers to view your recommendations as genuine. Waive your rights if this is your preference and you don’t intend to read your references.)
Additional Helpful Info:
- Class Rank – None
- GPA is Weighted (4 point scale)
- Counselor’s Phone number: 616-820-2905
- Counselor Title: Counselor
- Cumulative GPA – GPA through the end of junior year, NOT your current semester GPA
- Dual Enrollment Classes – Enter these under High School classes, not college – there is a spot for dual enrollment.
- Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Rolling Admissions vs. Regular
- Early Action means you get notified quicker if you are accepted.
- Early Decision means if you get accepted early you COMMIT to attending that school regardless of cost, and you cancel your apps at all other schools.
- Rolling Admission means they review applications when they come in, and they continue reviewing them until the final deadline (usually late spring/early summer).
- Regular – You won’t receive a notification if you are accepted early.
- ACT/SAT Test dates – Look these up yourself on the ACT or CollegeBoard websites or on the bulletin boards outside the Counseling Office.
- HC does not include test scores on your transcript or send them for you.
- To send scores, you must use your free score sends (enter these when you register for ACT or SAT or within a week of getting results) or request scores to be sent (this costs money) from either SAT or ACT.
- Transcripts must be requested through Parchment – select where you would like your transcript sent to: individual schools, NCAA, Common App, etc. You must write “Common Application” in the blank for all the colleges you applied to through the Common Application (instead of writing the specific college name).
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
The College Preparation Checklist brochure, 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.
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 provide you an estimated award amount for each. Any student, regardless of age or year in school, may use FAFSA4caster at this website: www.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.
Holland Christian High School hosts a workshop for parents at HCHS, this year on September 10, 2020 at 7 pm. A representative from Calvin University’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. The workshop will be virtual this year and parents will be sent a link to join the meeting.
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. Here are the FAFSA applications on their FAFSA website. The application should be completed by February 15, 2021 in order to insure timely receipt. The application process for 2020-21 becomes available on October 1, 2020 and applications should be completed as soon as possible. The federal deadline is June 30 and the state deadline is March 1.
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 going to the NCAA website 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, go to the NAIA website HERE. When a student completes an NCAA or NAIA application, he or 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 or her senior courses insure eligibility. Here is the link to the Holland Christian High School guide to NCAA eligibility by Division 1 or Division 2.
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 Class of 2021, these are now open!!
These are scholarships that are available to full-time HC seniors only (this includes Tech Center seniors), and you will find the information and applications for them on Google Classroom. Seniors, you have been emailed an invitation to the Google classroom for HCHS Internal Scholarships. These scholarship applications will be due by 8:00 am on April 1, 2021. Some require extra documents to hand in to the high school office, and you may do that no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation
Seniors Class of 2021 – These are now OPEN!
You will apply for these on the Community Foundation’s website here. All applications must be submitted online. Please read carefully the section “Information You Will Need” linked here so that you know what you need before you begin the application process. These scholarships close at 5:00 pm on March 1.
Local, Regional & National Scholarships
A listing of outside scholarships that we get notified of can be found on this document maintained by the counseling department.
George and Lucile Heeringa Community Scholarship
Through the George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship Program, Trendway offers merit scholarships to seniors from area high schools. The George and Lucile Heeringa Community Scholarship offers one $1,000 scholarship to a senior from Holland Christian High School. Scholarship applications are due to Mrs. VanderLaan in high school office by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. You may pick up an application from the high school office or go to Trendway’s scholarship website to download one.
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, 2021.
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.
Another comprehensive listing of outside scholarships is scholarshipsandgrants.us
A helpful 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
All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 this school year. This test is a precursor to the SAT. It provides excellent practice for subsequent standardized tests and can provide valuable test preparation feedback and tools. The junior year is the only year a score is considered for the National Merit Scholarship. There will be no fee charged to students, and they will register through school. The test will be given on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 during the school day. The PSAT 8/9 measures academic development in the areas of evidence-based reading, writing, and mathematics.
All sophomores will take the PSAT/NMSQT this school year. This test is a precursor to the SAT. It provides excellent practice for subsequent standardized tests and can provide valuable test preparation feedback and tools. The junior year is the only year a score is considered for the National Merit Scholarship. There will be no fee charged to students, and they will register through school. The test will be given on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 during the school day. The PSAT measures academic development in the areas of evidence-based reading, writing, and mathematics.
All juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT. This standardized test is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and also a precursor to the SAT. There will be no fee charged to students, and they will register through school. The test will be given on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 during the school day. The PSAT/NMSQT measures academic development in the areas of evidence-based reading, writing, and mathematics.
Other recommended testing times for juniors to take the ACT or SAT are December, February, and June.
Seniors who intend to go to college should take the ACT and/or the SAT. During the 2020-21 school year the ACT will be offered on September 12, 13, 19; October 10, 17, 24 and 25; December 12, February 6, April 17 and June 12. Holland Christian High School is normally an ACT testing site but due to COVID there are no tests scheduled at HCHS yet. During the 2020-21 school year the SAT will be offered October 3, November 7, December 5, March 13, May 8 and June 5. Holland Christian High School is not currently an SAT testing site due to COVID. Recommended testing times for seniors are September, October, November, and December.
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.
Graduates – $5.00 each
Current students – No fee
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 accounts. If students are applying to colleges via the Common Application, they need to request transcripts be sent to Common Application as a destination on Parchment.
- If you are a graduate of Holland Christian from 2017 or later, you need to request transcripts to be sent via your Parchment account (there will now be a fee charged).
- If you are a graduate or former student of Holland Christian from class of 2016 or earlier, download this PDF form and mail it in or drop it off along with the $5 payment (cash or check only) in order to request a transcript. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Counseling Office at email@example.com or (616) 820-2905.
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 / OPEN HOUSES
- NACAC – National College Fairs have been offered for nearly 50 years as a program of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. They are bringing one to West Michigan on April 16, 2020 at the DeVos Place Conference Center in Grand Rapids. For more information and to register, go to the NACAC website.
- GRCC Open House Events – many virtual opportunities to explore GRCC; go here to learn more!
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 on Congressman Bill Huizenga’s website here.
GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES
For students who are looking for unique summer employment or gap year opportunities that will prepare them for college or a career while living on mission – A Christian Ministry in the National Parks provides individuals with the opportunity to live, work and lead ministry efforts in the context of park communities. Here they will have the chance to lead worship services and engage in relational ministry at the work place, all while earning an income.
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 PDF list of LYL’s Member Organizations that you can participate in.
Cornerstone University: Creative Writing camp July 6-8, 2021. To register, visit cornerstone.edu/creative-writing-camp
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 at Ferris’ summer camps webpage.
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 here on Hillsdale’s website.
Michigan Tech Summer Youth Programs: Learn and experience college life. Visit www.mtu.edu/syp to request a course catalog.
Interlochen Center for the Arts: Interlochen Arts Camp – summer programs for every young artist. Grades 3 – 12, beginner to advanced. Scholarships available! Go to Interlochen’s website here for more information.
Embody Institute: Saint Mary’s College is hosting the Embody Institute, 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. They will explore themes of beauty, justice and faith and leave feeling empowered to put these into action. Visit saintmarys.edu/Embody website to learn more.
Johns Hopkins University Summer Pre-College Programs: Get a head start on college and earn academic credit with every class. Discover what summer at Hopkins can be at summerprograms.jhu.edu
Case Western Reserve University Pre-College Summer Programs: For ambitious high school students to get fully immersed in a college curriculum, conversations and activities. Learn more at their website at case.edu/summerprograms.
LEAD Summer Program: Student Statesmanship Institute offers the 2021 Summer Leadership Experience through their LEAD program. LEAD is a week-long, true-to-life leadership simulation that plays out in the State Capitol, courtrooms, news rooms and more in the greater Lansing area. Under the direction of experienced professionals from a wide variety of fields, students are given the unique opportunity to see what a Christian leader faces in the real world. Go to www.leadmich.org for more information.
Washington University Sports Business Boot Camp: A real-time Zoom-based educational experience for students who want to learn about the Business of Sports and careers in sports. Go here for the brochure and more information on registering.