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College Counseling Program

As an international school, graduates of ISA transition to colleges,universities, and technical institutes around the world. Our goal is for our students to make informed decisions when continuing their education and that they are academically prepared to succeed in their career and college pursuits.

To do this, ISA offers a comprehensive approach to educate our students about the opportunities available to them. Four year academic/course planning, preparation sessions for relevant entrance exams, individualized counseling, career and college information nights for families, and courses to research career and college choices are some of the strategies used to help students explore their options. Our goal is to help the student find his/her “best fit” when applying to university . In addition to student-specific planning, our staff also embeds informative dialogue about career and college options within their content specialties. It is a well rounded approach that allows our students to be fully prepared to make the best decisions regarding the college application process.

One site that our students prefer to use when searching for universities (in the US and Canada) is BigFuture.org. This is a user friendly site that allows the student to search based on different parameters (such as major, school size, location, etc.). It is a good place to start as students work to identify possible college choices.

When possible, it is always suggested that students visit universities they are interested in. The best way to see if a place is a good “fit” is to step foot on the campus and experience it first hand. It is never too soon to start visits!

Students at ISA take the PSAT in Grades 9 & 10. This is a good preparation test that also helps to show a student’s Advanced Placement readiness. AP courses are offered in most content areas (History, English, Spanish, Math, Science, and Art) and most students begin taking them in their Grade 10 (sophomore) year. Universities across the globe like to see students taking these rigorous courses as they are college level and show a student’s readiness. For many schools in the Netherlands and Europe, AP courses are required for admission. The SAT is generally required for students looking to attend school in the US. Many universities around the world also use SAT scores, whether it be for placement or admission. Check witUsually students take the SAT in May of the Grade 11 (junior) year.

Use this link to the College Board for more information about SAT, PSAT, and Advanced Placement. A College Board account is needed to register for the SAT and is also where students see their PSAT and AP scores- along with a lot of other valuable information.

If you have questions regarding the application process, or would just like more information- please contact our school college counselor Ms. Leigh Ann Vanderheyden at lvanderheyden@isaruba.com.

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