K-12 Private Christian Education

It's our commitment at Harrells Christian Academy to prepare each student for success after graduation. For many of our graduates, attending college will be their next step. During their final years at Harrells Christian Academy, we take seriously the opportunity to guide them towards making a college-choice that will be the best fit for them as students...and as individuals. 

First, I want to say thank you for welcoming me into your community. I have enjoyed my first few weeks at HCA. My favorite part has been getting to know some of our senior students. The hardwork that they have put in over the years is evident. With that being said, there is still a lot of hard work left to do. The purpose of this webpage is to better communicate with you the college-going process. This may include: an upcoming timeline for students by grade, dates of upcoming events, articles that I believe you may find interesting or helpful, video links, links to colleges that I may have recently come across that may be 'hidden', and anything else that I feel may be beneficial to you in regards to preparing for, and making a college choice. 

Please, if at anytime you have a question in regards to your student being college bound, do not hesitate to send me an email. 

Loren Baysden, Ed.D, Cert. in College Counseling
Lbaysden@harrellsca.com
 
Parents of all high school students please click on the timeline link to understand what we recommend your child engage in:

Harrells Christian Academy College Counseling Timeline

 

UPCOMING DATES: 

Senior College Counseling Meeting            - Ongoing - Initial meetings taking place - Seniors: sign up in my office.

 

Campbell U. Online Applications                 - Due August 26th

Great opportunity to apply to a college and receive results asap. No commitment. Students will meet with the Campbell's College Admissions Officer on September 1st. Students who are applying to Campbell MUST sign up in my office to meet with the Admissions Officer

East Carolina University presentation         - August 26th at 1 pm 

Open to Seniors AND Juniors. A great way to start hearing about what specific colleges are all about and figuring out what type of college you may be looking for. Students planning to attend this presentation MUST sign up in my office.

Campbell U. Admission Meetings                 - All day September 1st

Dress NICE. This is an interview. Gentlemen: Shirt and tie...jacket recommended.  Ladies: Dress or pants-suit. 

UNCW - Interest - College Tour                     - Thursday September 15th (Bus leaves HCA 9:20, Returns 3 pm)

Open to Seniors who have a real interest in applying to UNCW. Must have signed up by September 9.

High Point University Presentation              - Wednesday, September 28th at 2pm in the library

Open to Seniors, Juniors, AND Sophomores. Signup sheet to listen is in my office on the table.  Please signup so I can have the room ready for the presenter. Thanks.

UNCW Presentation                                        - Monday, October 3rd at 9am in the library

Open to Seniors AND Juniors. A great way to start hearing about what specific colleges are all about and figuring out what type of college you may be looking for. Students planning to attend this presentation MUST sign up in my office.

Hampden-Sydney Presentation                     - Thursday October 20th at 10:30 in the library

Open to Seniors AND Juniors. A great way to start hearing about what specific colleges are all about and figuring out what type of college you may be looking for. Students planning to attend this presentation MUST sign up in my office.

 

SAT and ACT INFORMATION:

Upcoming SAT Dates - ALL DATES, TEST TAKING TIPS AND REGISTRATION INFO - Click Here: SAT

Signup by September 1 to take SAT on October 1

Signup by October 7 to take SAT on November 5

Upcoming ACT Dates - ALL DATES, TEST TAKING TIPS, AND REGISTRATION INFO - Click Here: ACT

We ARE offering the ACT at Harrells Christian Academy again this year!  See Mrs. Carla to see if there is still time to signup. Test date is September 27th. 

SAT and ACT HELP:

I've already received a lot of questions on SAT and ACT tutoring, etc. Please start here: Khan Academy (Subjects link in top left - Test Prep). Its free. Free knowledge about the tests, free practice, etc. Its a great resource!  Like anything else, you just have to moving with it. Open the practice books you might have. Go to the library. Spend TIME taking practice tests and analyzing what you did wrong. Stumped on a question? Bring it to one of your teachers. As far as Tutors go, I'm searching. I'll let you know what I find out. In the meantime, I came across this as a potential option. UNCW is offering some prep courses. It looks like they are 6 weeks long and I think they are based online?  Still, $110 for 24 hours of instruction is a pretty good deal. Check it out here: UNCW TEST PREP.  Additionally, I have indeed heard great things about the tutors at Mind over Math in Wilmington, NC. They help with test prep in ALL areas of the standardized tests. MIND OVER MATH. I have also heard good things about PEAK Learning Center in Wilmington, NC.

 

INTERESTING ARTICLES:

Saving for College: You've probably heard of a 529 college fund. It's a great way to save for college if you have younger kids/students. Many states offer their own plans, and something I keep hearing a lot about is the benefits of shopping around for the best funds. 529 funds have good benefits, but as always, some drawbacks as well. I'm not a financial adviser, so please educate yourself on these. Two articles worth the read. About 529 Savings, and How To Extract More Mileage From A 529 College Savings Account.  

Benefits to College: While there are a large number of exceptions, in general, there are great benefits of going to college. Here is a good article referencing the wage gap (on average) of students who complete a college degree vs. those with just a high school diploma. Again, I realize there are a large number of exceptions to this, but on average, studies show there are great financial benefits:  Benefits of College Still Outweigh Costs   

Of course it's not all about the money. This article is one that I read in preparation for my dissertation. It compiles a large assortment of benefits that are manifested from earning a college degree. Skimming this is fine. It's Not Just The Money