The primary goals of the College Advising Department are to inform, empower, and support students as they discover colleges, universities, and gap year programs that provide an excellent fit on myriad levels including academics, finances, and campus culture. We view each student as an individual, possessing their own talents, interests, and aspirations, and it is our mission to provide insight and opportunities to explore colleges that will value and maximize those unique characteristics.
While COVID-19 has at times complicated students’ search and application processes, SJA College Advising has continued to meet the needs of students and families creatively and strategically through both virtual and responsible in-person events.
Upon entry to SJA, each student will be assigned an individual advisor and begin receiving guidance regarding post-secondary academic options. Large, small, and individual meetings will be held with students, as well as regular check-ins with families both in-person and electronically. With each academic year, customization of the college search will increase with access to personality and career assessments, consultations, university rep visits, college tours, and in-depth guidance for the application process. Students have access to a variety of technological resources, including Canvas, SCOIR, and Naviance, where data and interests can be researched, shared, and discussed, allowing for even more personalized attention and assistance.
SJA College Advisors are attuned to the needs of our students and families and will advocate for each Angel, as well as facilitate the processes of research, essay writing and organization, financial aid, resume and interview preparation, and every step in between. The Academy is incredibly proud of our students’ annual 99-100% college matriculation rate, as well as the phenomenal scholarship accomplishments of our students and their willingness to strategically explore their options. We are confident in their ability to fulfill their promise to live out the mission of SJA and positively impact our collective world.