College Advising

A four-year process built on open communication and realistic expectations, college advising at Shelton School helps each student/family start, develop and carry out a post-Shelton plan. Individual student need is the guide; reasoned judgment is the modulator; successful, happy and inspired young men and women is the goal.


Debbie Knox, M.Ed.
Director of College and Career Advising
972-774-1772 x2205

Introducing Naviance

Naviance is a web based program that provides students with college planning and career assessment tools.

Access Naviance

Students will use their Shelton username and password to log in

Students will notice 4 tabs across the top of the welcome page:
  • Colleges- allows students to add colleges they may be interested in attending, as well as options for researching colleges and scholarships
  • Careers- allows students to explore various careers as well as take assessments to discover the types of work activities and careers that match their interests
  • About Me- allows students to create a resume, access their grade point average and review results of assessments
  • My Planner- allows students to keep track of their calendar, set goals for themselves and make to do lists

Students are encouraged to explore the Naviance site and all that it has to offer. This is an organizational tool that we will be using and building on year after year.

Information

Four Year Timetable

Freshman Year

  1. Introduce yourself to college representatives who visit Shelton
  2. Begin accumulating information for your personal resume (school activities, volunteer work, jobs)
  3. Take the EXPLORE (October); it contains a career interest section
  4. Discuss your EXPLORE test results in a conference with the college counselor (January)
  5. Be aware of the resources and information in Shelton's college advising office

Sophomore Year

  1. Continue to accumulate information for your resume
  2. Talk with college representatives who visit Shelton
  3. Practice describing (orally and in writing) the nature of your learning difference and the academic support services you may need in college
  4. Study the PSAT materials from the college counselor; take the PSAT practice test
  5. Take the PSAT (October); attend Shelton's meeting regarding PSAT results (January)
  6. Analyze your PSAT results and follow suggestions for improvement
  7. If directed to do so, have a diagnostic re-evaluation of your learning difference (January or February)
  8. Visit a college (Spring break); talk with an admissions counselor during the visit

Junior Year

  1. Attend meetings with college representatives; speak one-on-one with the representative
  2. Attend a college night
  3. Continue to practice describing (orally and in writing) the nature of your learning difference and the academic support services you may need in college
  4. Study the PSAT materials from the college counselor; take the PSAT practice test
  5. Take the PSAT (October)
  6. Schedule and attend the Junior conference with Dr. Pierce (narrow the search, specify a plan, gear up)
  7. Take an SAT prep course or an ACT prep course (one-on-one, group, self-directed)
  8. Attend Shelton's meeting regarding your PSAT results (January); analyze your PSAT results and follow suggestions for improvement
  9. Register for the SAT and the ACT
  10. Begin a realistic search of several colleges by studying college web sites, and other sources of information
  11. Study the K & W Guide to Colleges for the Learning Disabled , by Kravets and Wax
  12. Inquire about corporate and foundation scholarships and grants
  13. Visit prospective colleges during Spring break; talk with an admissions counselor and the LD director

Senior Year

New Panel

  1. Get and stay organized; maintain a calendar of all deadlines
  2. Write and edit college essays; finalize your resume
  3. Attend meetings with college representatives
  4. Visit colleges; talk with an admissions counselor and the LD director
  5. If necessary, register for and take the SAT and the ACT in September / October
  6. Parents: have your FAFSA financial/tax information available by January
  7. Ask the college counselor and teachers to write letters of recommendation
  8. Forward SAT scores and/or ACT scores to colleges; ask Shelton's registrar to forward your transcript
  9. Fill out college applications (includes essay, resume, and letters of recommendation)
  10. Fill out applications for LD services
  11. Fill out financial aid forms (may require a copy of your transcript)
  12. Fill out other application materials (housing forms, immunization records)
  13. Parents: submit the FAFSA (after January 1)
  14. Verify with the colleges that your application file is complete
  15. Schedule any necessary interviews
  16. If necessary, take the THEA test
  17. Keep the college counselor up to date on acceptance letters and financial aid offers
  18. Make a choice (official reply date is May 1); confirm your acceptance with a deposit