The initial stages of college planning begin in middle school as students are introduced to planning tools and personal assessments and begin planning their high school four-year course plan. The academic counseling office staff work with all high school students for grade appropriate preparation for college. Student meetings are held 1-2 times per year to discuss relevant topics for the grade and parent guidance meetings are held each spring. In addition, individual meetings with students and families take place throughout the year. The annual sophomore College Tour trip in March gives the students a jump start on their college search and planning process as students explore 10-12 college campuses. Our juniors participate in a Junior College Workshop at MCA in the spring to prepare them for the summer work of preparing for their college applications. We recommend families work with their students as they begin high school to keep the college goals in mind. Grade-appropriate college planning checklists may be helpful tools to aid your planning. The academic counseling office is full of resources online and on paper to assist students in finding the best fit college and utilizing the high school years to prepare. Our doors are open to students and parents to drop-in or schedule an appointment and the student resource room is available for students’ use.