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Upper School

9th–12th Grade

Savannah Christian Preparatory Upper School provides a friendly, caring and concerned Christian environment. For many students the atmosphere is like a church family, there to support them in their educational development.

The Upper School experience focuses on college preparatory academics. Our Academic Handbook gives an in-depth view of our academic offerings. The faculty consists of committed Christians who are proficient in their subject areas. The faculty prepares students for the rigors of college courses while teaching them respect for others, the meaning of personal integrity and the value of a work ethic. The curriculum is traditional in the core requirements but offers extensive specialization for students to delve deeply into courses of their choice.

The Upper School has daily homeroom scripture readings/devotions, prayer, and pledge as a model for beginning each day. A weekly chapel brings a Bible-based message from area pastors, church leaders, and guests. While required Bible classes offer specific studies of the Bible, the Christian faith of the faculty is linked to academic and extracurricular endeavors. School-wide charitable projects stress the importance of working together in larger groups to effectuate concern and change for others in need.

Our students have the widest selection of choices in academics, the arts, and athletics in the area. The committed Christian faculty is role models outside the classroom as well as within it. With the wide diversity of offerings, each student has an opportunity to shine in his/her area of interest.

Savannah Christian Preparatory School is the school that best reflects the makeup of the community at large for those who are committed to a well-rounded education. Our students understand that many elements are involved in the education process. A daily spiritual life and their best efforts given in all their endeavors lead our students to the realization that success is not just performing well in one aspect of life but using your gifts in all you do to the Glory of God.

Principal
Wade Wright

Dean of Academic Affairs
Beth Sasser

Dean of Student Affairs
Julie Jones ’93

College Placement Counselor
Charita Bowers

 912-721-2200
 upperschool@savcps.com

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Department of Counseling

Department of Physical Education

The purpose of the Upper School guidance department is to ensure that all students have the knowledge, attitudes and skills that will allow them to be successful while they are in school and later in their post-secondary endeavors. To accomplish this goal, assistance is offered in the followings areas: educational, career, personal and social counseling. We hope that through the guidance program students acquire good learning skills, learn about the work world, gain workforce skills, learn how to relate to others and develop good mental health practices.

Counselor
Ms. Beth Sasser
(912) 234-1653 x 2203
bsasser@savcps.com

College Counselor
Ms. Charita Hardy
234-1653 x 2205
chardy@savcps.com

Message from the College Counselor

Dear Parents and Students:

As the College Counselor at Savannah Christian Preparatory School, I would like to say that I am so blessed and grateful to be able to assist you and your student for the pre-college preparation process.

I know that sometimes as a parent and even a student, you are not sure where and when to begin the process of applying to colleges and universities, where to search for scholarships, and even how to apply for them. As your College Counselor, I am here to make this process as easy as possible for each of you as well as supply the necessary guidance.

Even with this year going by quickly, I will continue to send emails in reference to scholarships, updates, as well as upcoming dates for college representatives visiting Savannah Christian Prep.

If you are the parent or the student, please remember and know that if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email, by phone, or coming by my office. Again, I am so blessed and super excited to be your College Counselor.

Go Raiders!

Sincerely,
Charita N. Hardy

Programs

The goal of the College Counseling office is to assist students by offering programming, individualized planning and resources to help them obtain their post-secondary goals.

Freshman Year

Freshmen are presented the whole picture of being an Upper School student, discussing requirements for graduation, college admissions, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities so that they will understand that everything they do in grades 9 through 12 will be assessed when they apply to college. The counselors visit the classrooms to demonstrate the college application process and encourage 9th grade students to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October. Although the score on this test does not count until their junior year, it is good practice to take it in the 9th and 10th grades.

The Upper School faculty, staff and administration understand that life is full of challenges and difficulties. Knowing this, we have developed a Peer Leadership program designed especially for incoming freshmen. Through the Peer Leadership program, freshmen get to know some upper-class leaders, spend time with a small group of fellow freshmen and work through some of the tough issues that might hinder a smooth transition to the Upper School.

We want to help our students develop their fullest potential. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Upper School at (912) 234-1653.

9th Grade Orientation (August)
PSAT Testing (October)
Grade appropriate college presentation and Q&A (October)
=The Final Four (Spring)

Sohpomore Year

Sophomores take the PSAT and PLAN. PLAN is a practice ACT, another standardized test also used by colleges for admissions. It is scored differently than the PSAT and includes a series of questions that help the students look at careers and aid them in choosing colleges that offer programs of interest.

PLAN Testing
Grade appropriate college presentation and Q&A (October)
College Selection Process (Spring)
Group Meetings (Spring)

Junior Year

Juniors take the PSAT to qualify for National Merit Scholarships. They use the results of the PSAT to prepare for the SAT I. Juniors are urged to take the SAT I twice. Most colleges will use the highest verbal and the highest math scores for admission purposes; therefore, it is advantageous for students to take the test at least twice. Juniors are encouraged to see the college representatives who visit our school and to attend the PROBE Fair at Oglethorpe Mall in October. Juniors are allowed a college day and are encouraged to take it on a Friday or Monday so that they may visit classes at the college, speak with admissions counselors and have time to talk with the college students.

Individual Meetings (January – April)
Junior College Luncheon (September)

Senior Year

Welcome to your senior year at Savannah Christian!

As your College Counselor, I am very excited about this upcoming year and assisting you and your student with the pre-college preparation process. To get the process started, the following information and assignment is in an effort to help you prepare for college admissions as we begin your senior year together.

Seniors are assisted with resumes and college applications. Sources are provided to help with financial aid searches. To meet early admissions and financial aid deadlines, most of the college application process is completed by Thanksgiving for the majority of our seniors.

A variety of resources are available in the media center, computer lab and counselors’ offices to help students in all areas of need. A sample of these resources includes:

The Georgia Career Information System, a computer program that helps students examines careers, colleges and scholarships. Students may now access this program on line. They must get the user name and password from Mrs. Rowland.

  • One-on-One with the SAT, a computer program to help students with their SAT scores.
  • An SAT review course taught on our campus by the staff of Moore Learning Center from Statesboro.
  • A study skills course that provides assistance on reading rate, reading comprehension, test-taking skills and note taking.

Beat the Heat (August)
Group Meeting (August)
College Transition Fieldtrip (October)
Grade appropriate college presentation and Q&A (October)
Individual counseling dependant upon post-secondary goals (Ongoing)

Resources

Info Letter Class of 2017
Resume Writing Tips
Sample Resume
AJC-How to write a good college essay—AJC
Application Essay Handout
Choosing a Topic for Your College Essay

School-wide Programs

General College Counseling Programs
37 College Visits (Fall Semester)
UGA/GT Area Wide Meeting (September)
GACollege 411 Financial Aide Meeting (December)
Greek Life Meeting (Spring)
Career Luncheons (Spring)
Visit AASU, SCAD and USCB (Spring)

College Rankings

Here at Savannah Christian Prep we want to make sure every student is prepared for life after graduation. Each upcoming senior must prepare a college resume and sample application essay. Further information and guidance can be found in the resources listed below.

Info Letter Class of 2017

Resume Writing Tips

Sample Resume

Application Essay Handout

AJC-How to write a good college essay—AJC

Choosing a topic for your college essay

Please direct any questions to SCPS College Counselor Charita Hardy by email at chardy@savcps.com or by phone at (912) 721-2205.

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