Meet the Counselor
This is an exciting time in your life as you begin your middle school and high school career. My role as guidance counselor is to assist you on this journey. At PCA, we are happy to offer a program of studies that is uniquely suited to help you grow and develop into lifelong learners and leaders. The next several years are critical to your future. The decisions you make will determine your opportunities for a college education, scholarships, and a career. It’s a time of self-discovery as you learn more about your interests and strengths. Most importantly, you will begin to discover the gifts that God has given to you and how they fit in His plan for your life. I look forward to assisting you during this very important time in your life.
Educating for Eternity,
Mrs. Dana Zambeck
Admission & Transcript Request Forms
Student Planning Tools
- Meet with the counselor to go over your 4-year course schedule
- Take the ACT Aspire
- Make a list of academic and personal goals. Review them at least once a year.
- Check out web sites of your ‘dream’ colleges. What are their admissions requirements? Are you taking the right courses?
- Create a file. Get a milk crate and some folders. Keep all your important papers, grades, magazine articles, scholarship opportunities….whatever.
- Find fun and interesting ways to volunteer.
- Start a portfolio to keep track of your activities, volunteer work, jobs and who the contact person is. Write down your impressions, especially what you do and don’t like about each activity. Gradually, you may begin to see where your interests or potential college major may become.
- Talk to your parents about how much money may be available for your college education. Not a lot? No problem IF you plan ahead.
- Join a sport, club or student government. It’s never too early to begin a resume or potential references/recommendations for college.
- Set short and long term goals for yourself
- Take the ACT Aspire
- Focus on your GPA
- Start a list of colleges to consider. Be sure to go to any college fairs in your area
- Start a scholarship search
- Update your records of activities, volunteer work, programs, classes, and traveling. File information you receive on colleges, scholarships and tests. Your interests may change as you get older and getting more experience may help narrow your career focus. These activities are also great to list on resumes and college applications.
- Review and revise your goals
- Think careers! Talk to people about their jobs.
- Concentrate on your GPA.
- Juniors take the ACT and/or SAT
- Get information packets from the colleges you’re considering
- Intensify your scholarship search. Keep track of deadlines and requirements.
- Attend career days, college fairs and financial aid workshops
- Meet with your counselor. Be sure your classes are on the right track for the colleges you’re considering and that you’re meeting graduation requirements.
- Talk to your coach if you want to play for a college team or apply for an athletic scholarship
- Take AP exams for any AP classes you’ve completed.
- Create a master calendar of deadlines. Include college applications, test registrations and test dates, scholarships applications, housing, and financial deadlines
- Zero in on what teachers you want to ask for recommendations
- Work on your resume
- Last chance to take the ACT or SAT. Register early.
- Request college applications, financial aid and housing applications.
- Fill out financial aid forms. Apply for scholarships.
- Make sure your high school transcripts and records are correct and up-to-date.
- Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops.
- Ask for letters of recommendations from teachers, employers and coaches.
- Finish essays for college applications and scholarships.
- Update your resume.
- Gather tax information for the financial aid applications.
- Decide on a college and notify the admissions office by May 1st of your acceptance.
- Create a budget to determine your needs
- Determine if you need a student loan. File your application.
- Take AP exams.
- Have your final transcript sent to your college
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- English Department
- Fine and Performing Arts Department
- Mathematics Department
- Physical Education Department
- Science Department
- Social Studies Department
- World Language Department
The curriculum at Plymouth Christian undergoes a regular scheduled review cycle. To view that schedule, click HERE.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a cooperative endeavor between secondary schools and colleges/universities. It allows high school students to take college level academic courses and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate academic mastery through the AP exams. Depending on university requirements, students may have the opportunity to earn college credit with their AP exam scores. Students must check with the universities of their choice to ascertain advanced placement policies. All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exams. The cost of each AP exam is the responsibility of the student.
AP courses make substantial academic demands on the student. They are required to do a considerable amount of outside reading and other assignments. This helps students learn study skills and habits that are valuable throughout their college years. Further, they must demonstrate the analytical skills and writing ability expected of first-year students in a strong college program.
AP offerings at Plymouth Christian Academy:
Plymouth Christian Academy Sophomore-Junior-Senior students may elect to take college level courses through colleges such as Concordia University-Ann Arbor (CUAA) or Schoolcraft College. Dual enrollment allows students the potential of earning high school and/or university credit for select courses. To view the full PCA policy regarding dual enrollment, online, and off-campus academic courses, please click HERE.
Students interested in dual enrollment should contact Mrs. Dana Zambeck, our High School Counselor, to begin the application process and to determine their eligibility. If the student is determined to be eligible, he/she must then submit a college application and a PCA Dual Enrollment form to the school counselor.
Modeled after the college January Term Idea, (J-Term), PCA’s XPlore Week is designed to increase learning opportunities for students. We offer classes and experiences not typically available during the year, giving 9th- 12th grade students an opportunity to learn in areas they are either passionate about and explore new ideas and skills. The “block” or trip nature of the one week also allows for focused, in-depth study and deeper relationships with teachers and a small group of students. PCA’s XPlore Week takes place during the spring of each school year. To learn more, visit the XPlore Webpage by clicking HERE.
Michigan Merit Credits
plus PCA Core Curriculum Credits
plus General Elective Credits
Total Credits Necessary to Graduate
For further detail, please view our Secondary Course Description Guide 2016-2017.
The PCA Handbook is a great resource and guide for your school year. We encourage you to review this with your student. Thank you.
Secondary PCA Handbook 2016-2017: CLICK HERE
Secondary Dress Code: CLICK HERE
Secondary Calendar 2016-2017: CLICK HERE