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College Guidance Counseling


The counseling and advising staff at Northland Christian School provides counseling, academic advising, and college admission guidance to middle and high school students. Counselors are available to help students with social/emotional issues, course selection, scheduling and academic concerns.

Explore the Thanksgiving Virtual Room!
As we enter a season of thankfulness and giving, the counseling department would like to share some ideas on how we can stop and think about how God has provided us blessings, both large and small, throughout the year.
 
We have created a Thanksgiving Virtual Room that we hope you will enjoy. You can access the new room by clicking on the image below. Enjoy some holiday music and videos, Thanksgiving craft ideas, and more! Please notice our calendar with a 30 day gratitude challenge. We would love to see students and families enjoying this activity! Feel free to post pictures and comments on the Northland Christian School Facebook page of your family enjoying the daily activities.
 
Thanksgiving Virtual room

The counseling staff has created the Virtual Cougar Counseling Connection room. This is an interactive place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing social and emotional concerns, for college prep information, to leisurely listen to music and books, and so much more.
 
Explore the Cougar Counseling Connection room!
To begin, click the image below, and you will be directed to the Virtual Cougar Counseling Connection room and then start exploring by clicking on objects throughout the room. 

Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational/supportive purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment.
 
Virtual Cougar Counseling room

Counselors begin working with students in middle school to ensure they are taking appropriate courses to prepare them for high school. During middle school, students should be taking classes and electives that develop their abilities and allow them to explore various interests.

Beginning in ninth grade, counselors work with students to ensure graduation and college admission requirements are met. The Counseling Center connects students to college fairs and liaisons, test preparation, and scholarships. Some of the programs available through Northland include:
The National Junior Honor Society recognizes outstanding 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who have demonstrated the traits of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and citizenship.
 
The National Honor Society recognizes 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who have demonstrated the traits of scholarship, leadership, character, service and citizenship.
 
Qualifications:
  • Earn and maintain a grade average of 90 or above over the previous three semesters. (All grades except
  • P.E./Athletics will be included in the grade average.)
  • No 5’s in conduct over the previous three semesters
  • No 4’s in conduct during the previous or current semester
  • Must have been in attendance at NCS for one (1) full semester
  • Return application by deadline
  • Participate in two school, church, or community service activities
  • Display positive leadership characteristics and attitudes
  • No Class ‘A’ or ‘B’ discipline violations
  • Academic Committee approval
  • Attend induction ceremony
After election, if any of the above qualifications are not evidenced, a member will be placed on probation. One (1) semester will be allowed to correct the deficiency or membership will be terminated. Major disciplines may result in removal from the National Honor Society. Once terminated, a student may not be reinstated.

PSAT (preliminary SAT) is administered each October for 10th and 11th grade students. Juniors taking the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) might qualify for academic recognition. For information on taking the test, scoring information, scholarships and recognition, and a practice test, please visit the College Board.
 
Pre-ACT (preliminary ACT) is administered each fall for 10th grade students. For college and career planning resources, please visit the ACT.

Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP® exam. Students are responsible for the fee, which is determined by the College Board.

Dual Credit classes allow students to earn concurrent high school and college credit. Therefore, due to the curricula and level of difficulty, Dual Credit courses receive an increase in grade points, reflected in the calculated GPA.
 
Enrollment in Dual Credit courses requires teacher recommendation. Placement in these courses is based on the entrance requirements for Lone Star College. Students must apply to Lone Star College before testing so that scores may be attached to the application. The application and testing procedures can be obtained in the Counselor’s Office or here. Student scores must meet Lone Star College standards on the TSI Assessment test, unless exempt based on their PSAT, SAT, or ACT score.
 
Test scores must be approved and on file in the Counselor’s Office prior to May 25th of the application school year or the student will not be enrolled in the course when the school year begins in August. An additional fee is required by Lone Star College and is the responsibility of the student.

Northland is a member of the Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative, which allows our students access to a multitude of classes. If students need to fit an extra class into an already full schedule or needs a class not available at our school, VHS can help. VHS students have the opportunity to select from the online catalog of semester-length or full-year courses. Students need to complete and return the Registration Form and the VHS Student Contract, found here to the Counselor’s office for processing. Upon approval by the selection committee, a class period will be assigned as part of the student’s schedule.
 
Online classes may require an additional fee. Please contact the Counselor’s office for more information on online course options.

Naviance is a web-based portfolio that helps plan and organize the students high school career, as well as keep track of their post-secondary application process.
 
The path to career readiness begins with self-discovery. Naviance allows students to learn about their strengths and reflect on their interests. Assessments provide suggestions on how to apply personality traits and learning styles in class, in addition to helping students discover career options based on their interests and strengths. Armed with this information, students can plan courses to complement their career pathway.

Method Test Prep is a tutoring and test prep organization that serves our students through highly focused, online programs, classes, and personalized tutoring. The goal is to see a significant improvement in test scores for our students.

The counseling staff includes:
 
Dedra ArthurDedra Arthur
Guidance Counselor
Middle School Academic Counselor
Achievement Testing Coordinator

Tamara Reese
Tamara Reese
High School Academic & College Advisor
Registrar
AP & PSAT Testing Coordinator
Dual Credit Counselor

Danica MarbleDanica Marble
International Student Academic & College Advisor
SEVIS Primary Designated School Official