College Counseling

Pace Academy is nationally known and respected by colleges and universities. College admission focuses on academic and extracurricular achievement in grades nine through 12, with emphasis on the junior and senior years. Students should therefore be aware of the importance of course selection, academic success, respect accorded by faculty and extracurricular commitment.

The primary emphasis in college admission is the high school transcript. Students should choose courses in which they will be both challenged and successful. Students should also pay attention to aspects of continuity and sequence.

Pace students are encouraged to take the ACT PLAN and the PSAT in grades 10 and 11 in preparation for the ACT and SAT. Juniors are encouraged to take a minimum of one ACT and one SAT by the end of junior year. Students may also want to take SAT Subject Tests to demonstrate ability in a particular subject. Pace's college counselors, class deans, applicable faculty, and learning specialists keep students and parents informed of tests and registration procedures.

College Counseling hosts an optional Grade Nine Parent College Night, an optional Grade 10 Student/Parent Case Study Night and a mandatory Grade 11 Student/Parent College Night. Formal meetings to discuss the college-search process begin second semester of junior year.

Summer essay workshops are offered to rising seniors. Seniors attend a mandatory application workshop prior to the start of senior year, followed by a mandatory Grade 12 Student/Parent Night. College counselors continue to work closely with seniors to hone college lists, plan college visits and provide support to enable students to submit all application materials in a timely manner.

Pace’s experienced college counselors maintain contact with college representatives throughout the year, regularly visit college campuses and routinely represent Pace at professional conferences. Each year, approximately 100 college representatives visit Pace to meet with students. College Counseling also maintains comprehensive historical application data, which is accessible to second-semester juniors, seniors and their parents.

Student Timeline

Grades 9 & 10

  • Seek additional rigor in subjects of interest/strength
  • Read widely
  • Explore a broad base of experiences and activities
  • Establish rapport with teachers
  • Grade 9 Parent Night and Grade 10 Case Study Night
  • Conduct preliminary college visits when scheduled vacation travel permits
  • ACT PLAN offered to all sophomores
  • All sophomores take the PSAT at Pace (no need for other test prep or standardized testing)

Grade 11

  • College Fair
  • College representatives visit Pace
  • ACT PLAN offered to all juniors
  • All juniors take the PSAT at Pace
  • Juniors are encouraged to visit colleges over fall break
  • Identify which spring ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests to take; register
  • College Counseling shares and explains PSAT results
  • Mandatory College Night for parents and students
  • Junior Student Questionnaire due
  • Junior Parent Questionnaire due
  • Initial junior student meetings begin
  • Juniors are encouraged to visit colleges over Presidents Day weekend
  • Pace College Tour
  • Atlanta NACAC Fair
  • Students are encouraged to visit colleges over spring break
  • Initial junior family meetings begin
  • Parents complete student biographies

Grade 12

  • Identify which fall ACT or SAT to take and how to best prepare
  • Attend Essay Workshop
  • Complete Activity Resume/Autobiography assignment
  • Attend College Application Workshop
  • College Fair
  • College representatives visit Pace
  • Seniors are encouraged to visit colleges over fall break
  • If advised, take October SAT or ACT
  • Grade 12 College Night
  • College Visit/Essay Days
  • Register for FAFSA PIN and CSS Profile (if seeking financial aid)
  • Finalize college list with College Counseling
  • Request transcripts for Regular Decision deadlines
  • Most Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadlines are Nov. 1
  • Notification for most Early Decision applicants
  • Ensure all necessary test scores have been sent to colleges
  • Most Regular Decision applications deadlines are Jan. 1 or 15
  • File FAFSA & CSS PROFILE as required for financial aid consideration
  • Most Regular Decisions become available on or before April 1
  • Students must choose one college and submit a deposit to that college by May 1

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