College Planning

CEEB Code 053358

The role of the Heritage Christian College Center is to facilitate the successful navigation of the college exploration, preparation and admissions process for students and their families, with deliberate focus on God’s purpose for their lives. Jeremiah 29:11 guides us in empowering students to find the “best fit” college or university. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our Philosophy is to partner with Heritage Christian students and their parents who we invite to work alongside us in the college planning process beginning in 8th grade. Students will develop decision and goal setting skills, learn their strength and weaknesses and increase their interests in research and college planning process. The primary goal is to address each student’s individuals college needs and ensure that each one is active and prepared participants in the process starting in 8th grade and continuing throughout high school.

Middle School
Counselors begin connecting with 8th graders in the fall. Informational Parent meetings are held in September as well as classroom visits. We discuss the current trends regarding requirements to get into a UC or CSU or elite university. Graduation requirements are covered too.

High School
We continually emphasize throughout high school the importance of good grades, challenging students to continue to take upper level courses as well as the importance to stay involved by participating in clubs, missions, school activities, and athletics while in high school.

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What to Expect by Grade

Following is a breakdown of college counseling events that occur here on this campus:

Ninth Grade
In the spring our English 9 classes do a career report. We introduce Naviance, a college web based program. Students take a personality assessment, then determine a major that will help them get into that career. We then discuss universities that offer this major. We show them even more items in Naviance that will assist them in discovering more about colleges as well as careers. We also meet with them individually during the re-enrollment process to discuss their future goals.

Tenth Grade
In early September we visit their Bible classes to discuss grades, PSAT opportunities, and our upcoming Parent-Sophomore College Information Night. At the Sophomore College Information Night we show various screens in Naviance, discuss college entrance requirements, the importance of keeping good grades and being involved in the community. In addition we discuss the PSAT. We discuss the resume section of Naviance and the importance of keeping it updated with awards, teams or clubs that they have been in. During re-enrollment we meet individually with 10th graders to review their forms and to go over prospective college list in Naviance. We look at their current GPA and potential colleges for which they qualify.

Eleventh Grade
As soon as we complete senior college apps we begin to call in Juniors to discuss what they need to be doing in the spring, preparing for the SAT or ACT, or working to finish the school year with strong grades. We add more colleges to their prospective list in Naviance and make sure they are adding items to their Resume. We finalize re-enrollment to make sure they will meet graduation requirements. All Juniors will take the PSAT, we use this to help guide them in preparing for SAT’s. Our 11th grade English teacher works with students to help them write their essay for college applications. He also works with them on updating their resume in Naviance to assist faculty in writing letters of recommendation. We have a Parent-Junior Information Night in April to work through Naviance, get them to narrow their college application list down to; a stretch, realistic ones, and a safety.

Twelfth Grade
We meet beginning in September individually giving students an unofficial transcript. We transfer the colleges listed in the prospective to the active section in Naviance. We communicate with 12th graders through their classes to cover important date and information. We have a Family College Application Night in the end of September. We show them how to do the apps, and how Naviance will assist in the college application process. May 1st is our college signing day when we celebrate decisions for their future schooling.

Colleges Accepting Heritage Graduates

  • American University
  • Arizona State
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Baylor University
  • Biola University
  • Boise State
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bucknell University
  • Brown University
  • California Baptist University
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University (all campuses)
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont Colleges
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Concordia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Management
  • Georgetown University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hope International University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Liberty University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Morehouse College
  • Mt. St. Mary’s College
  • New York University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Occidental College
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • Pomona College
  • Point Loma University
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Scripps Institute
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Simpson University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Master’s College
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States West Point Academy
  • University of California (all campuses)
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Evansville
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • Washington State University
  • Wellesley College
  • Williams and Lee University
  • Vanguard University
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College
  • Whitworth College
  • Whittier College
  • Williams College
  • Yale University