It is the primary goal of the counseling and college guidance department to provide the tools necessary for students to explore their strengths and interests, preparing them to achieve academic and spiritual success in college and life.
 
We aim to help students find a college match - institutions that fit a student’s needs academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. The counseling and college guidance office aims to support parents and students through the college application process, beginning with students in the ninth grade. Our counselors work closely with students and parents in the college planning, selection and application process.

College Planning Checklists

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  • Seniors

    • Finalize college applications in early fall
    • Complete standardized testing, including SAT Subject Tests 
    • File the FAFSA and CSS Profile
    • Complete additional applications, including scholarship, honors and special program applications
    • Revisit colleges you are admitted to in the spring
    • Choose a college and deposit by May 1st
  • Juniors

    • Attend a Parent/Student College Planning Meeting in the fall and spring
    • Take the PSAT (administered by FBCA in October) and the SAT or ACT at least once in the fall of junior year. Plan a testing schedule for your year
    • Complete the YouScience career and aptitude assessment in the fall
    • Continue research of college campuses, majors and programs and attend college rep visits and FBCA college fair
    • Refine your list of colleges in collaboration with the college counseling office
    • Begin your college essays in the spring
    • Finalize a resume and request teacher recommendations in late March/April
    • Visit college campuses in the spring and over the summer
    • Complete a summer enrichment program
    • Work on college applications over the summer
  • Sophomores

    • Attend a Parent/Student College Planning Meeting with the college counselor 
    • Take the PSAT (administered at FBCA in October)
    • Complete Do What You Are through Naviance 
    • Conduct college research through Naviance and other college planning resources under the direction of the college counseling office - focus on “fit” (academic, social, financial and spiritual)
    • Visit colleges over holidays and summer break
    • Re-evaluate course choices for junior and senior year and adjust, if necessary
    • Complete a summer enrichment program
    • Prepare for the SAT or ACT in summer following sophomore year
  • Freshmen

    • Design a four-year plan with FBCA academic advising and college planning support. 
    • Explore extracurriculars, clubs and organizations and get involved in a few activities that interest you
    • Utilize Naviance and begin building your resume
    • Attend FBCA hosted college rep visits and attend FBCA college fair
    • Attend a Parent/Student College Planning Meeting with the college counselor (if desired)
    • Complete a summer enrichment program 

Meet the Counselors

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  • Photo of Graham Traylor

    Graham Traylor 

    Director of College Counseling
    (281) 263-9162
    Bio
  • Photo of Callie  Henriksen

    Callie Henriksen  

    US Counselor
    (281) 263-9175
    Bio

Resources

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