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College Connection


Because New Hope offers college preparatory classes, it is our philosophy that we should encourage our students to pursue post-secondary education. College advising is available at any time in a student’s education. Typically, our college counselor begins toward the beginning of ninth grade.

We help students plan a course of study, as well as encourage a balance of extra-curricular activities and community service opportunities. This culminates in the junior and senior years with presentations by college representatives and one-on-one sessions with our college counselor. It is our privilege to encourage our students through the college process.

Below are links to information that will help students in the college admissions process. Your questions are welcome!

Key College Preparation Resource

Getting Ready for College – A grade by grade college preparation plan for 8th-12th grade students.

College Visitations

New Hope Christian School is always looking for colleges for on campus visits. This creates unique opportunities for New Hope students to visit with college representatives to discuss opportunities, classes, benefits of the campus, etc.

To prepare for the conversations that take place at these meetings and to allow the students to get the most from them, New Hope Christian School has prepared the “Things to Do Before Attending College Fairs” worksheet for your review.  The juniors and seniors usually attend the COLLEGE FAIR at the Southern Oregon University in the fall.

Activity Chart

The Activity Chart is a necessary tool for ALL high school students to keep track of activities and esp. community service.   This will be very valuable during the senior year to apply for scholarships.

SAT Practice Testing

Students planning to attend a college or university must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Students usually take one or both of these tests at the end of their junior year and then again in the fall of their senior year. Seniors also must take the SAT II test (Math level I and any other test of their choice). It is important to plan for these tests and prepare. Here is a link to the SAT preparation page which will list options for preparation.

Students planning to attend community colleges only need to take the entrance test for the community college system.

College Application Checklist

Make sure you don’t miss any of the important steps in submitting a college application using the NHCS College Application Checklist.

Accredited Online College

AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is a comprehensive and informative resource that helps prospective students navigate the increasingly complex world of higher education. It offers information on basics of accreditation, which is one the of the most important factors in choosing a college. Accreditation agencies review multiple aspects of an institution and ensure that they can guarantee adequate library resources, qualified faculty, solid student achievement rates and financial aid access, as well as the ability to receive a license to work in fields that require licensure for practitioners.


On-line College Resources

Getting Ready for College – A grade by grade college preparation plan for 8th-12th grade students.
Collegeboard.com (Information of the SAT)
Act.org (Information of the ACT)
The Princeton Review (test preparation)
The Common Application
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Oregon Student Assistance Commission
Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Oregon Career Information System
Getting Ready for the SAT
Top 10 College Application Mistakes
Financial Aid 101