College & Career Planning

  • College Planning Resources

    College Planning Timeline

    9th and 10th Grade College Planning Timeline

    11th Grade College Planning Timeline

    12th Grade College Planning Timeline

    Online Resources

    Georgia Futures

    College Board Big Futures

    College Scorecard

  • Exploring Career Options

    Occupational Outlook Handbook

    My Next Move

    GA Futures Career Exploration


    GA Hot Careers to 2028

    Georgia DOL Occupational Trends

  • Options After High School

    In the past couple of decades, the opportunities available to students to make a respectable living after high school have expanded far beyond just a four-year college or university experience. We urge our students to consider ALL options, encouraging them to focus on the skills, interests, abilities, and lifestyle they are best suited for. Regardless of what path a student chooses, we encourage students to seek education and training in anything, whether it be painting, plumbing, teaching, nursing, law, etc. Become a master of your craft! Below you will find basic information regarding various post-secondary options available to your student: 

    Four-Year/Traditional College/University

    Four-year colleges and universities are where students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The fields of study offered at these institutions can vary significantly. Universities also have a broad range of schools within them, such as a school of business, school of engineering, or school of health sciences, for example. Some focus on more specific sets of majors like STEM-related fields (such as Georgia Tech or MIT), or Fine Arts-related fields (such as SCAD or a conservatory school). 

    While we often refer to these schools as "four-year schools," it is important to note that some schools may have programs that require five years or more to complete a degree. A good example of this is the Architecture program at Kennesaw State University. Students are also not required to complete a degree in four years, however some college majors have time limits as to how long you have to complete the degree before having to retake courses. 

    The admission criteria for these schools vary greatly, so it is important to utilize the schools' websites to determine whether or not a school would be a good fit for you. Ultimately, if you are interested in a four-year college or university, we encourage you to start researching and gathering information about the schools you may be interested in so that you may make an informed decision as to where to apply. 

    Technical School

    Some students may express interest in a particular occupation and would like to start working as soon as possible. Technical schools afford the opportunity for students to gain skills for employment in a more hands-on environment. Technical schools generally offer three options: 

    Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC): TCC programs are generally less than a year in duration and have strictly program-related courses and training

    Diploma: Diploma programs aim to broaden a student's knowledge base beyond what a TCC offers and typically take about a year and a half to complete. They have program-related courses as well as some general core classes. 

    Associates Degree (AS): An Associate's degree is the highest level of education a student can earn at a technical school. This degree offers industry-specific instruction as well as a higher number of academic courses. Students may also use this option to obtain a General Associate's degree to transfer to a four-year college or university. 


    Apprenticeships afford students the opportunity to learn a skill or trade through on-the-job training while getting paid! That's can get paid to learn! Currently, the average starting pay for apprenticeships is $15/hour, and wages continue to increase as students gain more knowledge and improve their skills. 


    Comprised of five branches, the Military offers a variety of training and career opportunities, consisting of both active-duty and part-time opportunities. Full-time participants typically live on base or in military housing, and they can also live on ships or in homes off-base. Part-time service members include the Reserve and National Guard, and these members train one weekend per month and two weeks per year. Contrary to what we assume from what we see in the media, there are plenty of options in this field in which students aren't "fighting on the front lines." Many of these opportunities allow students to gain an education or skill in which they can be a supportive force for the Military, such as a nurse, electrician, engineer, physician, accountant, and much much more. Please see the section below on Military for more information. 

  • College Entrance Exams


    The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) Test are the two main college entrance exams are the two main college entrance exams colleges use. All Georgia schools accept both the SAT and ACT equally. Most schools in the country accept either test, although there are some schools that do prefer one test to the other. Always check with the college or university you are interested in to review their testing requirements. 

    When and how many times should I take the test(s)?

    It is a good idea to consider testing in the spring of your junior year and/or when you are close to completing Algebra II. If you are applying early action or early decision anywhere, you should aim to obtain your best score(s) by the June test date of your senior year.

    Generally, we recommend students take each of these tests at least once, as many students prefer one test to the other. Should you wish to improve upon your test score, we recommend you focus on improving the score for the test in which you were most comfortable. Ideally, you should take your preferred test 2-3 times.


    In recent years, the commonalities between the SAT and ACT have increased. However, there are still differences between the two. Click here to view a comparison chart for the two tests.


    Click here for SAT dates

    Click here for ACT dates (be sure to scroll down)

    Fee Waivers

    Students who are currently enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program qualify for fee waivers for the SAT and ACT. Fee waivers may be used up to 2 times for each test. Each fee waiver also includes four college application fee waivers. Students interested in receiving a fee waiver should see Mrs. Rodriguez in the counseling office. 

    SAT Subject Test

    SAT Subject Tests are used to measure knowledge and ability for a specific subject. Please refer to your colleges and universities of interest to determine whether a subject test is appropriate for you. 

  • SAT Test Prep

    SAT partners with Khan Academy to provide free, personalized test prep for all students.

    Please click below or here for more information about this opportunity: 

    SAT Test Prep Flyer

  • What is Naviance?

    Naviance is a tool that is now part of a county-wide initiative to streamline the college application process. Students will still use certain programs such as Common App to begin the college application process. However, Naviance will take the place of these programs for submitting supporting documentation to the colleges you are applying to. For example, you might begin the main application process to a college via Common App, but Common App is going to prompt you to access your Naviance account to submit things such as recommendation requests, transcripts, school profile, and other supporting documents. 

  • How-To Video Help!

    Naviance offers many different options to support students in the search for colleges, careers, and to complete college applications. Please see the help videos below for information on how to utilize Naviance's features!

    Building a list of colleges I'm applying to

    Editing colleges I'm applying to

    Letter of recommendation requests

    Common App registration and account matching - IMPORTANT

    Naviance student tour and overview