College Planning Calendar - A Four-Year Overview

Below are several dropdown menus that provide helpful information in planning for college.  

Freshman Year

  • Become involved in the Upper School; explore extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Take your studies seriously; set academic goals for the year.
  • Create a computer file, keeping track of your extra-curricular activities, leadership positions, community service, honors, awards, summer experiences, and jobs. Update this file every semester.
  • Evaluate your grades at mid-term and semester breaks to determine where you are excelling and where you need to improve. Remember that you are building your academic record for college admission beginning in your freshman year.

Sophomore Year

  • Update the extra-curricular activities and honors list that you began in freshman year and review your academic goals.
  • Complete your YouScience profile over the holiday break in December.
  • Prepare to take the PSAT 10 in March. Utilize,, and the practice bulletin provided by our office.
  • Evaluate your performance and your interest in each academic area. If you are strong in a particular subject or subjects, consult with your teachers and advisor about taking Honors and Advanced Placement courses in your junior year.
  • If your family travels bring you near a college or university, consider making an informal visit.
  • If appropriate, take the SAT Subject Tests in June. Contact your teachers or College Counseling office with any questions.
  • Consider registering for a PSAT/SAT Prep class over the summer or in the fall of your junior year.

Junior Year

August and September
  • Review your academic plans for Upper School and continue to update the list of activities and honors you began as a freshman.
  • Create a resume from the template provided in your Google Drive.
  • Attend the junior class retreat, visiting colleges and participate actively in those college tours.
  • Begin to establish criteria for the type of college that you would like to attend. Use college guides and websites to find schools that meet your criteria. Talk to family, friends, and teachers about their college choices and experiences.
  • Prepare for the October PSAT. While this is still a practice for the SAT, juniors who score exceptionally well on the PSAT may be considered for participation in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • Attend the CSRA College Night held at the James Brown Arena.
  • Take the PSAT in October. The test date and time is on our school calendar.
  • Evaluate your midterm grades and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve to meet your academic goals for the year. The grade point average provided to colleges when you apply is cumulative through the end of junior year.
  • Register for the SAT in either January or March.
  • Register for the ACT in either February or April.
  • Attend Junior College Kickoff with your parents.
  • Complete the junior questionnaire on Family Connection website and update your resume.
  • Schedule a one-on-one conference with your college counselor.
  • Prepare for the January or March SAT.
  • Look ahead to winter, spring, and summer breaks as opportunities to visit colleges.
  • Determine with your teacher, advisor, or college counselor whether you should take SAT Subject Tests in May or June.
  • Continue your college research.
  • Parents should schedule a team meeting with College Counseling, log into Family Connection to complete the parent questionnaire, and access other helpful information.
  • Continue researching.
  • Parents and students should schedule their family meeting with the college counselor.
  • Register for all remaining junior year standardized tests.
  • When you visit college campuses, be sure to ask questions, talk to college students, visit classes, and keep notes about what you liked and disliked about each campus visited.
  • Begin to consider which teacher(s) could best prepare college recommendations for you.
  • If you are enrolled in AP courses, take the AP exams in early May.
  • Seriously prepare for all of your final exams.
  • Continue to revise and narrow your college list. You should aim for a final list of 6-8 schools.
  • Visit colleges you did not see during the school year.
  • Visit or individual college websites to preview applications and essay questions.
  • Begin to consider essay topics. Look for opportunities to use an essay for more than one application. Do rough drafts of essay topics and all applications. 

Senior Year

  • Attend one of the Application Workshops the week before the start of school.
  • Attend the Senior College Kick-Off with your parents.
  • Prepare all rolling applications early!
  • Note all registration deadlines for fall ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and complete registration promptly. Read your applications carefully to determine which, if any, Subject Tests are required for admission or placement.
  • Request teacher recommendations if you did not do so in junior year.
  • Complete all rolling college applications.
  • Attend the CSRA College Night at the James Brown Arena.
  • Make final decisions regarding Early Decision and Early Action options.
  • Retake the ACT, if applicable.
  • Complete any Early Action or Early Decision applications.
  • If applying for Financial Aid, the FAFSA is now open October 1st! Visit
  • If applying for Financial Aid at private colleges or selective state universities that require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA, visit
  • Some competitive scholarship applications have deadlines this month. Consult with the College Counseling Office as you complete the application requirements and be sure all recommendations are completed by the required deadlines.
  • Retake the SAT, if applicable.
  • Finalize the remainder of your applications. All transcript requests should be submitted by December 1.
  • Retake the SAT, if applicable.
  • Complete all remaining applications by their December deadline date.
  • Devote time and energy to prepare for your first semester exams. First semester senior year grades are often a deciding factor in admission decisions.
  • The College Counseling office keeps track of all transcripts and college materials submitted through our office and submits mid-year grades for each student.
  • Complete any last minute applications (although most deadlines have now passed).
  • Note financial aid application deadlines and complete FAFSA as soon as W-2 forms are available from the previous calendar year. Colleges’ aid deadlines must be met or aid may not be available. All colleges recommend submitting the forms as soon as possible after January 1.
  • Early Decision/Early Action deferrals should submit additional information to colleges to update their applications and reiterate interest.
  • Complete all scholarship applications that have not been submitted.
  • Deadline colleges notify students of admission decisions from early March through early April. Please update the College Counseling Office with all decisions received.
  • If placed on the waiting list of a school you would like to attend, promptly send additional information to update and support your application at this time. Showing a strong interest by staying in touch is important.
  • If necessary, attend on-campus “Accepted Student” events to help with your decision. Notify the college you will attend prior to May 1 (Common Reply Date) and notify all other colleges of your decision, as well. This helps colleges predict their yield and make decisions on wait-list candidates.
  • Notify the College Counseling Office of your college choice so that we can mail your final transcript after graduation.
  • Contact the financial aid office at the college you will attend with any questions regarding your financial aid package and scholarship offers.
  • If you wish to remain on a wait list, be sure to notify the college well before May 1.
  • Prepare for AP exams to be held early in May.
  • Be sure that your deposit reaches the college of your choice by May 1 (Common Reply Date).
  • Prepare for and take all AP exams.
  • Attend the College Counseling Office Survival Party.
  • Congratulations on your graduation from Augusta Preparatory Day School!
Enjoy your summer – you are going to college!

Testing Information

The College Counseling Office is responsible for the administration of the following testing programs at Augusta Prep. Please click on any of the associated links for detailed information.

SAT and Subject Tests
Most students will begin taking the SAT in January of the junior year. These tests are not administered at Augusta Prep. Subject Tests are not required by all colleges, and all students will be advised on their individually appropriate testing plan. 
Registration & Fees: Student and Family responsibility 
Fees are assessed through the College Board.

This is the preliminary SAT and all Augusta Prep Juniors and Sophomores will take this exam. Juniors will take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) in October, and Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 on March 8, 2017. Scores are acquired online through a student's College Board account. 
Registration: Automatic for 11th and 10th graders
Fees: None

The other high-stakes standardized testing option for college-bound students, this exam has an optional writing portion (which Prep students should take) and is as accepted nationally as the SAT is.
Registration & Fees: Student and Family responsibility — best done on-line
Fees are assessed through ACT.

AP (Advanced Placement)
Any student who is enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course at Augusta Prep is expected to take the corresponding AP Examination at the end of the school year. They are administered each year during the first two full weeks of May.
Registration: Automatic for those enrolled in AP courses at APDS. Available to other interested students by request.
Fees: Assessed per exam and payable to the APDS Business Office.

Family Connection/You Science

In the fall of junior year, students and parents will receive information on Family Connection, our web-based college search and application management tool. Students are required to use this system to manage their college search and selection process, and parents are encouraged to make the most of the myriad resources it provides. If you have any questions, have misplaced your password, or need help using the system, please contact Mrs. Vaughn or Ms. Harrison.

Family Connection Link for Augusta Prep

  • Web-based resource that supports course, career, and college planning
  • Specific to our school
  • Linked with Counselor’s Office, a service that we use in the counseling office
  • Share plans
  • Complete surveys
  • Compare colleges
  • Link to selected third party resources
  • Track deadlines
  • Produce scatter grams
  • Show schedule of college visits
  • Keep track of your thoughts about particular programs and schools
  • Each student and each parent receives a code.
  • Use code to create a personal account.
  • Codes are random and alphanumeric for security reasons.
  • Codes can be used only once.
  • On your first visit, enter the code you have been provided in the New User Box, then follow on-screen instructions.
  • On subsequent visits, sign in using the Returning User Box.


In the fall of Sophomore year, all students are given access to a YouScience account. This incredible platform measures student aptitudes through a variety of "brain games" and engages their interests via the career interest inventory used by the US Department of Labor. Students are encouraged to explore their results with parents, advisors and college counselors to help navigate high school through the ownership of their greatest strengths. 

All 10-12th graders have a YouScience account which they will be able to access for ten years! Learn more at

Leadership, Service, and Summer Opportunities

How are you engaging in your school and local community? Check out our listing of leadership and service opportunities in the CSRA!

Are you interested in a particular college or program of study and hope to have the inside scoop? Many colleges offer Pre-College programs in a number of subject areas. If you don't know where to start with your summer program search, contact Mrs. Vaughn or Ms. Harrison for guidance and recommendations. 

College Acceptance List

College Acceptances for the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016

*denotes honors college acceptance

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Agnes Scott College
The University of Alabama
AMDA - College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
American University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University*
Auburn University
Augusta University
Belmont University
Berry College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brenau University
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
Brown University
University of California, Los Angeles (College of Letters & Science)
University of California, San Diego
Centre College
College of Charleston
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
Clemson University*
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Columbia University
Converse College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
University of Delaware
University of Denver
Dickinson College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Emory University
Florida International University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
University of Florida
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Franklin and Marshall College
Furman University
George Mason University
The George Washington University
Georgia College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
The University of Georgia
Gettysburg College
Harvard University
Haverford College
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Ithaca College (School of Communications)
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kennesaw State University
University of Kentucky*
Lee University
Lees-McRae College
Lewis & Clark College
Louisiana State University*
Mary Baldwin College
The University of Memphis
Mercer University
University of Miami
Middle Georgia College
Middle Tennessee State University
Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi
Morehouse College
Muhlenberg College
New York University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
North Carolina State University
University of North Georgia
Northwestern University 
Oglethorpe University
University of Oregon*
Pace University, New York City
Pepperdine University
Piedmont College
Pomona College
Presbyterian College
Princeton University
Purdue University (College of Engineering)
Queens University of Charlotte
Rice University
Rollins College
Rutgers University
Saint Leo University
Samford University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Shorter University
Skidmore College
University of South Carolina, Aiken
University of South Carolina*
University of South Florida, Tampa
Southern Methodist University
Stetson University
Syracuse University
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Texas, Austin
University of Utah
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington
Western Carolina University
Wheaton College MA
College of William and Mary
Williams College
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Young Harris College

Graduation Requirements/Helpful Websites/Program Models

Graduation Requirements
English is required for four years.

Fine Arts is required for one year.

Foreign Language is required through level III. Students must also take three credits of foreign language in the high school.

History is required for three years (including Government/Economics and United States History).

Mathematics is required for four years (including Geometry, Algebra II, and at least one course after Algebra II)

Science is required for four years (including Biology, Chemistry, and either Physics or Advanced Physical Science).

Twenty-two (22) Carnegie Units of credit must be earned in grades 9 through 12 including the requirements listed above. One (1) Carnegie Unit is issued for each course successfully passed. High School credits earned during 8th grade (i.e. Latin I, Algebra I) may not be used toward fulfilling the twenty-two unit graduation requirement, but may be used toward fulfilling the subject area requirements.

Program Models
Grade 9
English I
World History
Foreign Language
Fine Arts or Computer Science

Grade 10
English II
Foreign Language
Fine Arts or Computer Science

Grade 11
English III
United States History
Foreign Language
Science Elective
Fine Arts or Computer Science

Grade 12
English IV
Mathematics Elective
+ other electives
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