College Planning Cohort Registration (freshmen)


Full-year cohort registration (June – May)

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9th Grade of a 7-year Curriculum

Our College Planning Cohort Program is a 7-year curriculum-based program reflecting our 3 pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service designed around the “Essential Questions,” developed by the Coalition of Essential Schools (Coalition of Essential Schools):
  • From whose viewpoint are we seeing or reading or hearing? From what angle or perspective?
  • How do we know when we know? What’s the evidence, and how reliable is it?
  • How are things, events, or people connected to each other? What is the cause and what is the effect? How do they fit together?
  • What’s new and what’s old? Have we run across this idea before?
  • So what? Why does it matter? What does it all mean?

Through the process of deeply considering their current goals and long-term aspirations within a college planning context, students increase their critical thinking skills as they continuously ponder, “What is the right college for me? Where will I receive the most financial aid? How can I further develop my body of work?”

9th graders EXPLORE and ESTABLISH: 9th grades explore and establish themselves for making a successful transition into high school through a yearlong focus on study skills and planning their high school trajectory across our 3 pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our 9th grade curriculum guides students in an examination of their learning styles, learning approach, and study skills. Students are further guided in setting goals across each year of high school.
Brenna, a participant in our Guilford County Schools Cohort, created the following video, together with her mother as a testimonial of the impact of our online curriculum and personalized guidance on her college-bound trajectory. 


When I was a rising high school junior, my mom and I saw a flier about a Guilford County Schools college planning support program and immediately knew that it was something that we should explore. At the first meeting, we knew that it was something that I needed. While I am the first in my family to attend college, I have an aunt who is a college professor at a college in Texas who has often offered advice from afar. Yet, as I worked my way through the curriculum and sat in awe at the monthly meetings in which I learned the distinction between liberal arts colleges and research universities and opportunities for all-expenses paid visits to colleges I began to expand my college reach. I entered the college planning process committed to attending Guilford College, not far from where I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since our state does not offer a state scholarship, I was resolved to take out student loans. After all, isn’t that the way that everyone pays for college? Yet, month after month, I set goals of becoming a better and more competitive student. While I was already a ‘good’ student, I was committed to becoming a ‘great’ student. Approaching the end of my junior year of high school, I began applying to fly-in programs. It was not long before I began questioning if my dreams were too big, if my reach was too far. One by one, I was rejected from each program and then it happened—I was invited to the fly-in program at Amherst College. When the time came for me to board my flight, my mom dropped me off at the airport, gave me a big hug, and I was off to begin what would become an amazing journey.

Brenna was offered a full scholarship to Amherst College and has received a BA in Studio Art and is currently a Graduate Design Assistant at Amherst College.

Please Note: Registration fees are non-refundable. While our program proven successful for Sam, Loren, Kristen, and hundreds of other students, you and your student must decide if our program is a good fit for you. We encourage you and your student to download and read, “Students Who Benefit Most from Our Program.”

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