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College Planning

Intellectual curiosity is an activity of the mind that requires nurturing and training over the four years of a student’s high school education. The college planning experience at Grace Brethren starts with the understanding that every student, made in God’s image, is equipped with not just the capacity, but the desire to learn about the world around them, and that appropriate inspiration is necessary to unlock these intellectual passions. 

Our team of college counselors works individually with each student, beginning as early as the seventh grade, because we believe that each of our graduates has tremendous God given gifts to offer this world.

Lancer graduates have gone on to some of the more influential four year institutions across the nation. Grace Brethren’s highly qualified, professional instructors implement a curriculum that is cutting edge to prepare every student for the rigors of higher education both inside the classroom and around campus.   Review our college acceptance list here.

Our Student Services staff partners with parents, students, and faculty to assist in the college selection process.  Our school offers the following opportunities by grade level.

Freshman

  • Naviance: Students will register and begin to utilize Naviance as an asset in the college selection process.
  • College Fairs and On-Campus Visits: Grace Brethren hosts multiple college fair days as well as individual colleges who come from across the country to visit our campus and talk about their schools.
  • PSAT 8/9 Test: All freshman take this test in the fall and in the spring.  This allows students to get a feel for what testing for higher education feels like.
  • Practice SAT or ACT test:  One of the best ways to improve your SAT and ACT scores in the future is to practice.  We offer multiple practice tests throughout the year to give students more opportunities to practice their test taking skills.
  • Khan Academy: Utilize Khan Academy and your results from the PSAT 8/9 to begin strengthening test taking skills.
  • Freshman College Planning Night:  Plan on attending this very informational meeting to get your student on the right path.
  • Family College Visits:  When your family is on vacation, it is a great time to stop at a couple of colleges to visit schools.  Most schools offer year-round tours and you never know what education gem you might find while out with your family.

Sophomore

  • College campus visits:  The college counseling office will coordinate several college campus visits throughout the year, as well as one or two overnight trips for students.
  • College fairs:  Make sure to stop by the many booths and talk to a college representative to learn what makes their college right for you! Have your list of questions ready.
  • PSAT in October:  Look for online help at the Khan Academy.
  • PACT in April:  Check out www.act.org for more information.
  • Sophomore College Planning Night:  Get a start on your college aspirations.  Put it on your calendar.
  • Family College Visits:  When your family is on vacation, it is a great time to stop at a couple of colleges to visit schools.  Most schools offer year-round tours and you never know what education gem you might find while out with your family.

Junior

  • College campus visits:  The college counseling office will coordinate several college campus visits throughout the year, as well as one or two overnight trips for students.
  • College fairs:  Make sure to stop by the many booths and talk to a college representative to learn what makes their college right for you! 
  • PSAT in October.
  • Junior College Planning Night:  This is a must for all juniors.
  • College Fairs and On-Campus Visits: Grace Brethren hosts multiple college fair days as well as individual colleges who come from across the country to visit our campus and talk about their schools.
  • College counselor will meet individually with juniors late in the winter to discuss current progress and plans for the future.  Conversations will include SAT/ACT testing plan and types of colleges to consider.
  • Naviance necessities
  • Take your first ACT or SAT test. 
  • Family College Visits:  When your family is on vacation, it is a great time to stop at a couple of colleges to visit schools.  Most schools offer year-round tours and you never know what education gem you might find while out with your family.
  • Begin looking at which college essays to write over the summer.

Seniors

  • Senior Planning Night.  Plan on attending this important meeting.
  • College Fairs and On-Campus Visits: Grace Brethren hosts multiple college fair days as well as individual colleges who come from across the country to visit our campus and talk about their schools.
  • Senior counseling appointments - Counselors meet with seniors to plan which colleges to apply to.
  • SAT/ACT/Subject Tests - take standardized tests to help reach your optimal test score
  • Naviance: Students will update Naviance and request letters of rec and transcripts from this site!
  • College Fairs and On-Campus Visits: Grace Brethren hosts multiple college fair days as well as individual colleges who come from across the country to visit our campus and talk about their schools.
  • Apply to schools based on deadline
  • FAFSA:  Parents fill out FAFSA information after October 1st.  Watch for our parent night to help with this important college task.

Our Graduates Attend

Grace Brethren has provided me with an environment that has allowed me to harness my passions while also encouraging me to achieve my future endeavors. From the small class sizes to the unique student-teacher relationships, Grace has let me develop into the student, friend, and disciple of Christ that I have aspired to be. I feel that my past 5 years with GBS have prepared me for my future and I feel eager to put the knowledge and skills instilled in me to use in the years to come.
- Hailee, Class of 2018

Grace is a place that allows me to get involved in all my passions, and have a great college resume. - Hannah, Class of 2018

The teachers at Grace really care about their students and work hard to connect with them in class. They are willing to go the extra mile to help.
-Laurie Krieger, Jr/Sr High Educator

Get In Touch

We enjoying working with parents and students with identifying and applying to the right college for our students. You may call Amy Obringer at 805-522-4667 or email her at aobringer@gracebrethren.com to set up an appointment today.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12

Quick Facts

  • 98% of graduates go on to college
  • 35-40 colleges visit our campus each year
  • 3-4 local college and university tours each year
  • Mid West college tour offered in the Fall - 5 days
  • Alternating years: San Diego/San Luis Obispo 2-3 day trips in the Spring

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