Charting Your Course
This downloadable PDF booklet is updated and reprinted annually by the Sturgis Charter Public School Guidance Department. It is given each year to parents and students in order to provide important information for post-secondary education planning.
The booklet includes specific information on college entrance testing, financial aid, and college application procedures. Some sections are designed to raise questions about individual priorities. Other parts provide information about resources available for further research. Finally, the concluding section suggests a variety of alternatives for the student who chooses not to continue on to college at the conclusion of her or his high school career.
Some students and families enjoy researching colleges before junior year, visiting schools during their travels and learning about colleges from friends and relatives that have gone before them. Most start looking seriously into college materials during junior year and do the most focused research in the spring of that year and the fall of senior year.
The most important factor in making up a list of colleges for serious investigation is the student's own self-understanding and finding a good "match" in terms of academic fit, college location, setting, course offerings and size of the student body. On the next page of this booklet, take a look at the variables to consider when choosing a college.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact the guidance counselor for assistance with post-secondary planning. All students will have a chance to discuss the issues surrounding post-secondary planning one-to-one with their guidance counselor during the second semester of junior year, and again in the fall of senior year. Parents are welcome to join us.
We hope you will find this resource useful as you plan your educational opportunities for after high school. As always, we look forward to assisting you in any way possible.
Sturgis Charter Public School Guidance Department