Great Hearts is committed to an individualized approach to college counseling that focuses on finding the right fit for each student. The emphasis of the program is on helping students discover who they are as learners and emerging adults. Throughout their years at Great Hearts Irving, our students learn to be comfortable in the worlds of both ideas and practicality, understanding the relationship between the two. This serves our students particularly well when selecting a college experience.
The following are the schedules for the eleventh-grade College 101 courses, which take place during Lycaeum.
April 13 | College 101.8: College Tour: UTA and Texas A&M
April 21 | College 101.9: Scholarships, Resumes, and Video Applications
1. All students must finish entering colleges into Naviance and complete letters of recommendation (due May 4).
2. Students that have completed the required forms will begin scholarship applications, resumes, and learn how to make a ZeeMee College Video.
Parent Zoom Meetings are held each month at 11:30-12:00 p.m. to share pertinent information. Please see the schedule and corresponding topics below, and email Priscilla.Oneill@GreatHeartsIrving.org with “Parent Zoom Meeting” in the subject line to sign up. Copies of each presentation are available upon request.
March 10 | College Visits
April 14 | Careers
May 12 | Financial Aid
Texas Workforce Solutions will present a workshop for High School (grades 9-11) students and their families who are involved with our Special Education Services Department. Held on Tuesday, March 10 at 9:00-10:00 a.m., the workshop will focus on transitions and life after high school. Please contact GHI SPED Coordinator, Ms. Carmen Castillo, or the GHI College Counselor, Mrs. Priscilla O’Neill for more information. Please sign up here by Sunday, March 8.
GHI is offering a second test date for the ASVAB on Tuesday, March 24. This quality career assessment is available to students for free. There are only 10 open spaces! Please click here to register. See here for more information and here to learn how to prepare for the test.
Great Hearts Irving is visiting Texas A&M University and Baylor University on Tuesday, April 21 alongside other Great Hearts schools. The event is open to 25 students, and the GHI administration will approve the final list of attendees. Registration is now open to all tenth and eleventh-grade students. The extended deadline is Tuesday, March 24. The trip costs $70 per student; travel arrangements and lunch will be provided. Dinner is the student’s responsibility.
Tenth and eleventh-grade students at GHI have an additional College Visit to the University of Texas at Arlington on Monday, April 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The trip cost is $30, including transportation, lunch, and planetarium shows. The visit is open to 25 students, and the GHI administration will approve the final list of attendees. Please register here by Monday, March 24. Students participating in the College Visit to Texas A&M University on April 21 may register after Monday, March 2 if space allows.
The National College Fair will be held Sunday, April 19 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. Admissions representatives from across the country will gather for this free event to encourage students to learn more about their institutions. Learn more here.
Students that intend to take the SAT or ACT should register in advance. Please see below for the test dates and corresponding registration deadlines.
March 14 | Register by February 13
May 2 | Register by April 2
June 6 | Register by May 6
August 29 | Register by July 29
October 3 | Register by September 3
April 4 | Register by February 28
June 13 | Register by May 8
July 18 | Register by June 19
SAT Subject Tests help your students spotlight their academic strengths. Each test is an hour-long, and each test is based on high school coursework. There are 20 tests across five subject areas: mathematics, languages, sciences, history, and English. Many schools require or recommend SAT Subject Tests to make admission or placement decisions. Students will stand out on university applications and give a more detailed picture of academic achievements and interests. The tests will be given on May 2 (register by April 3) and June 6 (register by May 8). Visit SATSubjectTest.org to learn more, and click here to register.
Spring is the time of year that universities begin to host open house events. Visiting colleges allows students to determine fit, which is an important element of selecting the right college. There is no replacement for providing exposure to different types of college experiences. See here for a list of Texas colleges and their open house dates.
A College Planning Tool for GHI Families
Naviance is our state of the art college counseling portal that allows students to search for colleges, keep a college list, sign-up for college information sessions, build a resume, research careers, study for the SAT and ACT, and much more. All high school students have an account on Naviance. Please see Dr. Smith for assistance with your username or password.
Helpful links for SAT/ACT registration, interesting articles, etc.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Useful resources for determining financial aid options and scholarship opportunities.
Contact College Counseling
Please feel welcome to reach out to the GHI College Counselor, Ms. Priscilla O’Neill, at Priscilla.ONeill@GreatHeartsIrving.org.